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Season 3, Episode 10: The Case for Indian Stocks

With Ethan Widell, Ironhold Capital

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Ethan Widell, senior analyst at Ironhold Capital, joins the podcast to discuss the case for Indian stocks.

The country is currently suffering under record cases of coronavirus, with horrific humanitarian consequences. This has understandably weighed on investors’ minds. But there are other transformations underway in India’s economy that make the investing prospects exciting in the long run.

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  • India’s macroeconomic positioning is “extraordinary” and conducive to growth (3:01);
  • Infrastructure and bureaucratic red tape remain an impediment to growth, but the trend is toward deregulation (7:10);
  • Covid cases are spiking. A clear concern and troubling from a humanitarian point of view, but where investing is concerned Ironhold sees this as a short-term issue. Indeed, most companies have already adjusted (11:20);
  • What sectors is Ironhold most excited about right now? (13:53);
  • Background on the guest (20:22);
  • A niche segment of India’s stock market that the firm likes a lot right now (24:12);
  • Contrary to popular belief, there are opportunities to buy stocks for those willing to look in niche corners of the market. One is India’s mutual fund industry (29:12).
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Season 3, Episode 9: Risk Versus Returns: Rethinking the Connection

With Chris Belchamber, Author of ‘Invest Like The Best: The Low-Risk Road To High Returns’

Chris Belchamber joins the podcast to discuss his book Invest Like The Best: The Low-Risk Road to High Returns and challenge the axiom that market-beating returns are not possible without taking on large amounts of risk.

Belchamber has studied the most successful investors’ track records over decades. One thing they all have in common is prioritizing risk aversion and behavioral discipline. There are simple lessons to be learned for ‘novice’ investors.

Content Highlights:
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  • Most financial advisers have bought in to the idea that more risk will generate higher returns. This “simple line of argumentation is just wrong.” (6:39);
  • ‘Paradox investing’ and Radobank’s model (10:57);
  • The mindset of successful investors is all about risk aversion. The biggest problem facing investors is their own behavior (13:56);
  • ‘The optimization of the brain’ function: what it is and how to go about it without getting exhausted (17:23);
  • Background on the guest (23:05);
  • Belchamber’s meeting with John Meriwether (26:42);
  • Jim Simons and Renaissance Technologies (28:52);
  • Red flags and other things investors should look for (33:07);
  • The current state of the economic and market cycle and why the second half of this year could be a lot different — and worse (38:29).

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Season 3, Episode 7: David Hunter Says Markets to Peak in 2nd Quarter Before Bust

David Hunter of Contrarian Macro Advisors rejoins the podcast to update listeners on his prediction of a ‘parabolic melt-up’ in risk assets that will be followed by a ‘deflationary’ bust.

Over the course of the 40-minute conversation, Hunter also updates his forecasts for rates, technology stocks, commodities, and more.

This podcast was recorded the morning of Monday, March 22 and made available to premium subscribers that same day.

Content Highlights
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  • The coming ‘parabolic melt-up’: new targets for stocks and bonds and timing (3:01);
  • What will cause the bust: The Fed will be forced to tighten, despite chairman Powell’s current (sincere) views. This will not likely be by raising interest rates but by tapering bond purchases (7:01);
  • Unlike many of his predecessors, Powell is actually trying to be transparent so those conspiracy theories (including one voiced by the host) are probably wide of the mark (9:36);
  • “It won’t take a big tightening to send us back in the other direction in a hurry.” People are underestimating how fast this can happen (16:37);
  • For now the stimulus checks and reopenings have not worked there way through the economy yet. They may not have even started. This will lead to the “final, vertical phase” of the melt-up (21:48);
  • The coming bust will see a 80% correction, peak to trough (25:14);
  • What comes after that: the deflationary bust (32:02).
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