Tesla / Elon Musk
Elon Musk’s “Tesla is somehow going private” Tweet has triggered a lot of comments and discussions (good coverage on FT Alphaville).
For me the main take-away of this story is two fold:
One the one hand, listed equity markets are not the best place to raise equity capital once you are listed. It is OK to raise equity once when you IPO but after that, a company should only pay dividends and buy back stock. Part of the reason that Tesla is shorted so much is the expectation that they will need to raise equity which clearly shows the dilemma of public equity markets these days. Personally, I do think we will see more “Softbank style” large private vehicles which will specialize in providing capital to growing companies and save them the troubles of public equity markets until the company is mature enough. Unfortunately this will lead to the shift of a large part of value creation away from public markets and out of the reach of many “Normal” investors.
John Hemptan from Bronte likes small business accounting software company Xero
David Einhorn still has a very bad time (Greenlight Q2 report)
The power of indices: Example Siebert Financial
10 very smart insights from a Venture Capital veteran
Big City real estate markets seem to run out of steam
33 “hacks” from Ryan Holiday on how to be a happy & productive person
Unintended consequences: Ride hailing apps seem to increase inner city traffic
The “Old” valuation ratios don’t work that well anymore
Quant Investing is now a thing in Venture Capital, at least at Google
Seth Godin with a good list of books worth reading
Great piece from VC investor Fred Wilson on “investment pace”
Forager defines its own “investment edge”
Y Combinator’s Summer 2018 book list
Edit: Don’t miss the 2018 half year report from the TGV Truffle fund
Intro: Why am I looking at this ?
Fintech companies these days are hot. Not many days past that not another big deal is announced. Most of the “action” though takes place in the Venture Capital market which is normally closed for most retail investors.
There is clearly a lot of hype in the sector, on the other hand there are more and more really disruptive business models that might do to traditional finance (Insurance, banking, Asset management) what Amazon has done to retail
As financial services is one of my core interests in investing, I think it will pay of to keep an eye on what is happening in Fintech.
An exception is the German company Creditshelf, which despite being a pretty early stage startup, has just successfully completed its IPO on July 18th.
Must read: Extremely wise words from Marc Andreessen on how to grow a (Tech) Company
It’s half-year report time:
TGV Partners fund (among other with Grafenia Plc as new position)
Rob Vinall’s RV Capital (AddLife and PSG as new positions)
A few thoughts on Overstock.com
Best Buy is thriving again despite Amazon. A blue print for others ?
The UK Value Investor with 4 rules for selling stocks
And don’t miss Wexboy’s Half year update
For several personal reasons (don’t worry, all of them VERY positive !!), I already have less time and will have even less time for detailed company analysis in the future. So the question for me is: What do I need to do with my portfolio (and the blog)?
A few questions I have been asking myself were:
- have more positions to diversify or should I have less positions to concentrate on the remaining ones ?
- allocate more money to other money managers or even start investing into ETFs ?
- try to focus on less risky stocks ?
- just do shorter company analysis and focus on the essentials ?
- or even go back to a more mechanic approach (BOSS Score) ?
- focus more on my Circle of competence and skip trying to extend it ?
- Or even focus only on a small universe of the highest quality stocks ?
- increase my minimum holding period to slow down turnover ?
- Avoid “Higher maintenance” positions like M&A arbitrage etc ?
- Do more “shadowing” of investment managers I admire ?
- What should I do with the blog ?