Happy Saturday everyone!
One of the first things I’ve done post-holiday was to catch up on Packy McCormick’s excellent Not Boring newsletter.
Here’s a nifty stat that caught my eye in one of his posts:
As they say, a picture speaks a thousand words.
In this case, it tells us the following:
You can buy Apple. By all accounts, a great company, possibly one of the best ones that ever existed.
But, on the other hand, for the price you would pay for Apple, you could buy every single other unicorn out there.
Talk about a conundrum.
On one hand, you’ve got a proven winner that’s been going from strength to strength for the past 20+ years.
But on the other hand, you’ve got 797 other companies, each valued at $1bn+, each with a visionary founder, a superstar team, and a proven ability to scale.
Which would you go for?
Now here’s the really interesting bit – I have seen this chart before.
As a matter of fact, I’ve seen it all the way back in 2015, which feels like a century ago now:
Apple’s staying power has been nothing short of astounding. Ditto for the other Big Tech players.
All of us have heard stories of folks (including some of the commenters on this blog) who have ditched the world tracker and even the S&P and just piled into the five or ten tech names.
So far, it’s a strategy that has paid off handsomely. Well done to those who had the foresight – and held their nerve.
But if there’s one thing history tells us, it’s that the circle of winners always changes.
The GMs and the IBMs of the world give way to the GEs and Exxons. Those, in turn, cede their ground to brash technology upstarts.
No one knows what will happen going forward. But if you are tempted to pile into the tech sector after a decade of outperformance, you might want to tread carefully out there.
Have a wonderful weekend all – and here are some top-quality reads to get it started:
From Yours Truly
Magic Beans – The Reformed Broker
Should You Borrow To Fill Your ISA Each Year? – Monevator (by the ever-excellent Finumus)
Even Richer People – A Wealth Of Common Sense
Salaried – Indeedably
Getting The Goalposts To Stop Moving – Morgan Housel
New Blogger Feature
Today’s new blogger isn’t exactly “new”.
As a matter of fact, he’s been writing for more than five years – and has been a frequent, thoughtful commenter on this blog as well.
The best thing about Steve Ark at Slightly Early Retirement is that he has depth.
The kind of depth one only gets after walking the walk, after being in the trenches for a long time – and coming out with one’s mission accomplished and head held tight.
You can’t fake this stuff. Give it a read and you’ll see what I am talking about.
Grit Doesn’t Win – Steve Ark
“Do not get me wrong, grit is not a bad thing.
It’s very handy when you are required to do something that is not fun in the least, as we all are called upon to do.
But nobody is going to excel in life by doing things they hate.”
(Fellow bloggers – see below if you’d like to be featured here in the future)
“If I could map my life from the moment my son was born to its end and compress it into one 24-hour period, it would probably look like this:”
24 Hours – Bull & Baird
Not A Capital Idea – Humble Dollar
“Everything is moving so fast out there. But what if it’s just getting started?”
It’s a helluva long read. But as far as helping make sense of the world we live (and will live) in, it’s a great one:
Compounding Crazy – Packy McCormick
As always, let’s finish off with some top-notch books.
The Basic Laws Of Human Stupidity – Carlo Cippola
The last one has nothing to do with money – or investing.
But… I am working my way through it right now and it’s absolutely riveting (if you are a sci-fi fan):
Project Hail Mary – Andy Weir
Happy weekend all!
P.S: Attention New Bloggers:
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Please send an email to bankeronfire at gmail dot com with a blog post you would like to submit for consideration.
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(i) Content that will be interesting or beneficial to the readers of this blog (I hope you will forgive me for reserving judgment on this one)
(ii) Your blog must be at least 6 months old, with regular posts. Too many bloggers flame out early, and I don’t want the readers here to follow a bunch of dead links.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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