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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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Process Case Study: Crown Castle (CCI)

Step 1. Identifying a Long-term Inexorable Trend  Wherever possible, we prefer investments that benefit from an inexorable trend – the sort of long-term trend that cannot be disrupted by geopolitics, elections, pandemics, wars, etc., the sort of trend that we can be confident will continue for decades into the future, and the sort of trend...

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Third Quarter 2020 Update

The S&P 500 continued its rally in the third quarter, adding another 9% in total returns, making the last six months the best period of performance the market has seen in over twenty years. And we are pleased to report that our GCI Select Equity strategy comfortably outperformed the broader market over this period. Of...

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Investing vs Speculating: A Gold Story

Gold is in the news again, having soared 34% to record highs in 2020. Is Globescan Capital buying Gold at these levels? No. Not now, likely not ever. Why not? For the simple reason that we (nor anybody else) really knows what the intrinsic value of Gold actually is. Give us a real asset like...

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