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Our Thoughts on Inflation

Over the past few weeks, you will likely have noticed increased mentions of inflation in the news. The March print for CPI (average price of consumer goods and services) came in rather high: +4.2% year-over-year. This is after many, many years of persistently low inflation. How concerning is this? Despite the markets knee jerk...

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GFL Environmental: From Trash to Treasure

During the first quarter 2021, we initiated a new position in GFL Environmental – a waste disposal company based in Canada. The Industry The waste industry has historically been characterized by high barriers to entry (land use regulations on landfills as well as scale economics due to route density), stable non-cyclical demand, exceptional pricing power, and...

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First Quarter 2021 Update

Dear Clients, We are pleased to report another positive quarter in both absolute and relative terms. Our GCI Select Equity strategy ended the first quarter of 2021 up 8.01% gross of fees. For comparison, the S&P 500 ended the quarter up 6.17%. Over a trailing three-year period, our strategy has now compounded client capital at a...

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Benchmarking Issues Part 2

Our last article, Indexing, Benchmarking, and the Problems Therein, generated a lot of positive feedback so we have taken the time to deepen the discussion further. As a quick refresher – Benchmarks and the Indices they are derived from are typically used by firms such as ours to provide some element of performance comparison and...

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Indexing, Benchmarking, and the Problems Therein

We are often asked about our performance relative to an appropriate “benchmark”. For this reason, we often cite our over/under-performance relative to the S&P 500 (the most widely used benchmark, despite significant drawbacks). But please note, we are indifferent to any benchmark, and by no means manage our portfolio with the S&P 500 in...

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Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Update

Dear Clients, We are pleased to report that 2020 was another positive year for performance in both absolute and relative terms. As you know, Globescan Capital was founded on the principle that investing in high-quality companies at attractive prices is the most consistent way to achieve long-run, risk-adjusted returns. As such we do not overly concern...

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Responsible Investing, ESG, and SRI

Over the past decade, a new sub-industry has developed within the investment community. It operates under a number of names, the broadest of which is Responsible Investing, which incorporates concepts such as ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance), and SRI (Socially Responsible Investing). At its core, Responsible Investing requires that investors acknowledge a number of issues...

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Diversification: Conventional Wisdom is Misleading

You might be familiar with the expression “don’t put all your eggs in one basket”. We prefer the expression popularized by Warren Buffett: “Put all your eggs in one basket, and then watch that basket very closely.” We firmly believe that despite what you may have been told, simply holding many different equities is not...

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