"If a capitalist had been present at Kitty Hawk back in the early 1900s, he should have shot Orville Wright." So said Warren Buffet in 2003. My how things change...Great investors are never dogmatic. As you may recall from our post three months ago(Nov 11, 2016), we have been unabashed bulls on the airline sector for a very long time. In a nutshell, we think capacity discipline and the rationalization of the US airline industry are driving significant efficiencies (not to mention the indirect
The coming rebound in IPO's in 2017
We expect that 2017 is setting up to be a year of heightened activity in Advanced technology, leading to a robust IPO market in 2017. A decade of repressive regulations, costs and other aftershocks of the dual crises(2000-02 & 08/09) have created a pressure valve set to burst. The mountain of regulations have kept fast growing private companies private longer and the money followed. Venture Capital, and in particular, late stage capital(growth funds) have allowed the companies plentiful access
We are big fans of using all tools available to derive insights for our investment views. In particular, alternative datasets are increasingly valuable, available and differentiated. The advent of Artificial Intelligence on the Investment court has changed how things are done quite a bit. The various A.I. techniques are finding their way into the top trading and research desks of investment managers and advisors. From Natural Language Processing(NLP), to Machine Vision, Deep Learning and others
Let's chat: Dialogue increases Value in Advisory.
The Entrepreneurial Lifecycle: As the New Year turns. I wanted to touch base on the lifecycle that we all go through and how to optimize the benefits of working with an Advisory firm like Intellectus Partners. There is a difference between investment management and Wealth Management. There is an even bigger difference in advising Entrepreneurs and execs in high growth companies and non-entrepreneurs regarding their finances. Most often clients come to Intellectus Partners at or near an exit an
Buffet strikes again
As has been his unique habit, Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway has taken an aggressive stake in an industry. Berkshire has filed their Q3 2016 13F filing today and among them was a particularly outstanding item. He has acquired large stakes in an airline, no make that "ALL" four major airline companies, or, the entire industry. Warren Buffet has acquired stakes ranging from $300mm to $1bb in value in each of the legacy carriers, American Air, Delta and United Continental. He also took a stake
What now? Take a deep breath.....we have been here before
Now that the American electorate has spoken,it is time to sharpen our focus on how tho think through this political earthquake: A "Republican" mandate? Not like you think...It's more like an Independant and a Republican Congress. Who is DJT? Is he really a Republican in a traditional sense? It depends upon how you define "traditional" I thought I would touch on some helpful historical analogies: 1.Today vs 1968-1980 2. DJT ~ Eisenhower and Teddy Roosevelt Now vs 1968: An argument could be ma
So, let's not lose focus on the ecomomy...it's not too bad
Let's start by just looking at market action. After nearly a decade of underperformance US financials are showing relative strength. They are indeed cheap on a book basis. But can there be any visibility into earnings growth? Could the end of the Obama years lead to better banking futures? The bank index is now testing multi year highs and happened to be up big in yesterdays massive rally. Here you have the Dow Jones Transportation index.As you can imagine, this is a very cyclical index and i
Could there be a Brexit 2.0, and are the markets prepared?
Just as the Brexit outcome in the United Kingdom had very significant affects on global markets, I view real risk of a similar type of event happening in the United States with our Presidential election on Tuesday, November 8. Going into the vote in the UK, the world was sanguine about the chances of the British Citizenry actually voting for a "Leave". The punditry that nary has an independent thought and so often just writes what they are told, assured the world that the vote would be a non ev
Transfer of assets & business interests: Proposed Treasury Regulations Under IRC Section 2704 Would All But Eliminate Valuation Discounts
by Paul McGloin Client Considering Planning Transfers May Wish to Implement Them Prior to December 1st It is rare that a proposed Treasury Regulation gets much attention from estate planning practitioners, especially ones issued during the vacation month of August. However, on August 4th the IRS issued proposed Treasury Regulations under a little-used section of the Internal Revenue Code that may represent one of the biggest changes in estate planning law in the past thirty years. Planners aro
Not that I want to be the one spinning anything in equities at this point as positive, but, if you look at S&P valuations(courtesy bloomberg) based upon two particular metrics, you find that on a price/book AND a price/cash flow(trailing) you do NOT find overvaluation. In fact, if you consider the price/cashflow metric alone, it appears relatively inexpensive. Next, if you look at both trailing PE and estimated PE, the valuation falls into a mid range. But, this is NOT the case if you look
In spite of ourselves....
It's Your Brain, Man... According to research firm Dalbar, Inc. Behavior is the number one cause of investor underperformance. At Intellectus,along with key partners, we are in the midst of some very extensive work on investor behavior. According to our friend Dr. Thomas Oberlechner, former MIT and Harvard Behavioral economist and Senior psychologist to some of the worlds top hedge funds, more than 25% of an average investor return can be attributed to his or her behaviors. That is more than 2
Has China been the only one keeping oil prices from collapsing?
In a great article by Steven Mufson, of the Washington Post, he profiles Orbital Insight, a company of which I am a founding board member. Our CEO, Dr. James Crawford has created a Deep Learning Convolutional Neural Network which is proving to be rather revolutionary to the world. Especially the world of Investing and finance. Based upon data analyzed in the following article, China's Strategic Petroleum Reserves are far larger than what was estimated. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/ec
Intellectus Partners, Expands its Investment Team & Footprint; Celebrates One Year Anniversary
As a Rapidly-Growing Firm Advising Entrepreneurs, Intellectus Adds Prestigious Credit Team; Celebrates One Year Milestone http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160712005310/en/Silicon-Valley-based-Independent-Wealth-Management-Firm-Intellectus
A.I., Deep Learning & Neural Nets in investment Management
Deep Investing (from Wired Magazine) "Though evolutionary computation drives the system today, Hodjat also sees promise in deep learning algorithms—algorithms that have already proven enormously adept at identify images, recognizing spoken words, and even understanding the natural way we humans speak. Just as deep learning can pinpoint particular features that show up in a photo of a cat, he explains, it could identify particular features of a stock that can make you some money." https://www.w
Welcome to the Intellectus Partners blog
We would like to thank all of you who have so loyally supported Intellectus Partners in our initial year after launch! It may sound trite, but it is only with these incredibly strong relationships with you, our clients and client network that we have been able to sprint out of the gate with such strength. It is our mission to be the trusted partner to our innovative client base in all things related to their wealth and business enterprises. It is our view that entrepreneurs and leaders are di