Investor Education

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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Factor Investing: Popular but Flawed

Over the last decade we have witnessed the rise (and fall) of many different investment concepts, as investment firms and academics search for a magic formula that can generate consistent returns, whilst crucially avoiding the hard work that is in reality required to generate those returns. Sadly most realize quickly that there is no...

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GCI: Growth or Value Investors?

A common question we receive is: “Are you at GCI growth investors or value investors?” Prospective clients might look at our portfolio and see holdings such as Microsoft and Mastercard, which have historically traded at price-to-earnings multiples in excess of 35x, alongside holdings such as First American Financial and UPS, which have historically traded at...

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Thoughts on Risk: How to Invest with Uncertainty

So far, the year 2020 has been characterized by volatile swings in share prices as the market comes to terms with the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, social unrest, and the continuing US/ China trade war. Since its peak in mid-February, the S&P 500 has crashed by 35% and subsequently rallied by almost 50%. Throughout these huge...

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Market Update: The World is Ending (Again…)

For those of you who aren’t keeping score, the most recent daily returns of the stock market have been: -9%, 5%, -5%, -10%, 9%, and -12%. That -12%, which occurred yesterday, also happened to be the single worst day in US stock market history since October 19, 1987 (a title previously held by last...

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Market Update: A Crude Day for Oil Prices

You’ll excuse us if these market updates are getting a bit out of hand (we naturally prefer to write about things that play out over years, not months) but these past few weeks have given us a front-row seat to the market’s panic-driven, short-term irrationality – a trait that investors (especially passive investors) might...

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Market Update: Coronavirus Edition

So far this year we have seen a 10% sell-off in equity markets. We should open by saying this is no cause for concern. You will recall that we noted in our last few letters that statistically speaking, we have been due for a 14% peak to trough sell-off for a while now. Many...

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