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Season 2, Episode 15: Healthcare, Tech Stocks May Not Be As Defensive As Believed

With Chris Brown of Aristides Capital

Christopher Brown of Aristides Capital joins the podcast to discuss his investment strategy, which has produced positive returns every calendar year since 2008.

In Brown’s view, healthcare and information technology stocks should not be treated as defensive investments that will protect portfolios in times of stress — especially after their recent run-up. There are reasons many companies in this sector are overvalued and could see their shares drop as the economy begins to see further difficulties from coronavirus.

Aristides Capital has an active short book, which framed most of the second half of the conversation.  

Content Segments: 

  • Why investors’ thinking about defensive stocks may be misguided (4:49)
  • Growth stocks’ recent performance is reminiscent of the late-1990s tech bubble (7:05)
  • The concerns with healthcare stocks (11:45)
  • Background on the guest (15:07)
  • Some of the red flags short sellers look for and why the “big picture” is often more pertinent (20:22)
  • Inovio Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: INO) discussion (22:52)
  • CytoDyn Inc. (OTC: CYDY) discussion (25:44)
  • Vuzix Corp. (NASDAQ: VUZI) discussion (28:37)
  • Accelerate Diagnostics (NASDAQ: AXDX) discussion (30:59)
  • Insider purchases are not always a bullish indicator (35:02)
  • Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) discussion, at the guest’s suggestion (host didn’t want to go there originally) and why it could be an indicator for future market direction (36:17)
  • Reasons to be bearish on markets and the economy (39:17)
  • How to protect your portfolio against inflation (42:13)

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Not intended as investment advice.

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Contrarian Investor Virtual Conference No. 2 Set For June 3, With Special Discount For Listeners

The Contrarian Investor Podcast, in partnership with ValueWalk.com, will host its second virtual investment summit on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m..EST. The event will last about two hours and feature exclusive stock picks from contrarian investors.

Buy tickers here. There is a special discount for listeners of this podcast: Add the promotional code “contrarianpod” at checkout to receive an extra 10% off.

Ten percent (10%) of proceeds from this event will be donated to the CDC Foundation to help the emergency response to the coronavirus.

Read about the inaugural event here and how the ideas presented moved markets, creating an instant payoff for attendees who acted quickly!

How it works: A select group of investment professionals will present one (1) fresh stock pick each. These ideas must be contrarian in nature to qualify. Presenters get up to 20 minutes to introduce their idea, including slide decks if necessary. They are then asked to talk through some details by Nathaniel Baker, host of the podcast. Finally, audience members can ask questions through the webinar’s interface. Presentation materials, video recording of the event and contact information will be made available to attendees.

Not sure about your finances or schedule? We understand – tell us and you can receive a full refund up to the day before the conference.

Featuring the following presenters*:

  • Grizzly Research founder- Identity will be revealed in podcast and interview in the week before the Conference: short equity.
  • Jonathan Boyar of Boyar Value Group will present a high conviction long idea.
  • Andreas Aen, Symmetry Invest A/S: a stock pick in the “mini conglomerate” space.
  • David Neuhauser, Livermore Partners: long idea, metals and mining.

Attendance is limited. First come/first serve. 

Interested parties may email info@valuewalk.com or call +1-973-685-6523 for more information.

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Shares of Akazoo, Silvercorp Sell Off On Reports From Inaugural Contrarian Investor Virtual Podcast

The Contrarian Investor Podcast, in partnership with ValueWalk, hosted the inaugural virtual conference before market open on Monday, April 20. A recording of the event is available on our new YouTube channel (and viewable at the bottom of this page).

Shares of Akazoo sold off sharply after the presentation from Gabriele Grego of Quintessential Capital Management that kicked off the event. “We believe Akazoo is a scheme orchestrated by management to profit while egregiously deceiving investors,” Grego said during the presentation. “We see signs of very suspicious accounting manipulation,” including cash inconsistencies and “a total lack of income taxes.”

Silvercorp Metals also sold off in the pre-market after the presentation by Nathan Anderson of Hindenburg Research.

Maj Soueidan of GeoInvesting LLC, a previous guest on this podcast, said he was bullish on shares of Intouch Insight. The customer experience company’s stock has sold off after coronavirus, which Soueidan says is an opportunity to build a position. He has a target of about $3 for the stock, which was trading around 27 cents a share at the time of his presentation.

Matt Zabloski, another guest on the podcast, gave the final presentation of the event, saying he was long shares of Vale, a Brazilian iron ore producer.

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