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IIM International Portfolios: Thru Q3 ’21

On Gravity Gravity or gravitation is the force that attracts anything with mass or energy to one another. It’s kind of important; it keeps we human beings grounded. Although global equity markets don’t meet the physics definition of mass or energy, most succumbed late in the quarter to the gravitational forces of the ongoing fight […]

Letter to Investors: Tarpon Folio Q3 ’21

The full letter can be found here at this link. An excerpt: “Being a portfolio manager is a perennial search to find – and then attempt to profitably exploit – systematic biases in the stock market. I would argue that nowhere has our current political dysfunction created more profitable biases to exploit than in the […]

IIM International Portfolios: First Half of 2021

The Light at the End of the Tunnel There appears to be a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, at least in certain parts of the US. According to USA Facts, by July 14 of this year 56% of the population had received at least one vaccine dose and 49% of the population […]

IIM International Portfolios: Q1 2021

History is Rhyming The provenance of “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes,” is questionable but sure seems to apply today to pandemics and stock scandals.  Although the current pandemic has not run the course, vaccines and therapeutics to counter secondary infections should keep the death rate below the 50 million experienced during the […]

IIM International Portfolios: Investor Letter for 2020

From Charles Dickens to Amanda Gorman Dickens authored 2020. Whether pondering the coronavirus and the vaccines, social injustice and the response or the fall and rise of global equity markets, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it […]

IIM International Portfolios: Investor Letter For Q3 ’20

I’m over it. I’m tired of viruses, Brexit and elections; I’m tired of wearing masks, social distancing and missing my friends and family. I keep hearing “these are short-term problems; focus on the long run.”  When’s the “long run” coming? How did my Grandmother, from whose first name my middle name is fashioned, survive all […]

IIM International Portfolios: First Half of 2020

Sturm und Drang Our hearts go out to those whose loved ones are being impacted by COVID-19; we empathize with those businesses that are trying to find a path forward during this difficult time. The Market As if this insidious virus wasn’t enough of a challenge, investors had to deal with early tropical storms, a […]

Seven Insights for the Second Half of 2020

From an email sent to IIM investors on July 2, 2020: After collapsing by 22 million in March and April, 4.8 million workers returned to work in June, according to this morning’s jobs report – significantly more than the 3 million to 4 million consensus prediction among surveyed economists. This is the second consecutive month […]

Letter to Investors: Tarpon Folio – June 2020

Dear Tarpon Investors, Several quick notes before updating you on Tarpon: 1. The topics I was hoping to cover in this year’s Annual Investor Meeting will be delivered via a series of emails later this summer. 2. Goldman Sachs is buying FOLIO. Stay tuned for what, if anything, that may mean for us. 3. Here […]