Category: Market Analysis

  • The App That Knows You Better than You Know Yourself: An Analysis of the TikTok Algorithm

    Like many people, I downloaded TikTok at the beginning of quarantine on the recommendation of one of my friends. Immediately, the app figured out what I liked – parkour, fitness, mindfulness, but also science, skincare, and deadpan humor clips. It was terrifying.

  • What’s Turning the Markets: The Fed, China, and Corporate Debt

    The Federal Reserve has played an increasingly important role in investor sentiment. China is unlikely to roll off U.S. Treasuries due to the interconnectedness of the global economy. Triple B corporate debt is a huge risk factor to investors, and should be avoided. Combining a diversified portfolio of equities and bonds is the best path […]

  • The Roku Story: How Far Can It Go?

    Roku is a “platform for television distribution”, focused on hardware creation, content distribution, and advertising services. The company trades at a high valuation, especially compared to their tech peers. They are issuing an additional 1M shares of stock that they plan to use toward working capital and general corporate purposes. Roku is focused on making […]

  • American Tower: 5G and Emerging Markets

    American tower has a predictable and profitable business model. 5G and other technological innovations gives AMT plenty of opportunity to capitalize on growth opportunities. The cell tower space has high barriers to entry, and AMT has a secure spot in the industry. The company appears to be currently overvalued, but has the capacity to sustain […]

  • Investing in the Disruptors: Profitability In The Age Of Monopolies

    The market has entered into a period of relative uncertainty, as measured by the VIX. Industry consolidation increases profitability at the expense of efficiency. Monopolies negatively impact economic growth. The disruptors are the most important tools in breaking up the current monopoly problem. There are several ETFs that can be used to invest across the […]

  • Green Dot: The Drop Is The Perfect Time To Buy

    GDOT is a leading company in the fintech space, offering both account services and a unique banking platform. They got hammered after their Q1 2019 earnings release, and their share price has dropped 30%. Green Dot is accelerating potential growth prospects by investing heavily into their Banking as a Service platform and marketing opportunities. The […]

  • Uber: The IPO Underperformance is a Good Thing

    Investors are paying a premium for disruption when they invest in Uber The decline in value after the IPO means the company has left no money on the table Uber is betting on a vision of the future, with focus on shared and on-demand services Uber labels themselves as a “personal mobility business” in an […]

  • Diving into 5G: The Future of Network Connectivity

    Verizon has received a lot of attention in the news for being the “first” company to launch 5G services There are headwinds to 5G, including a lack of devices to support the network The 5G business isn’t expected to have much of an impact until 2021 The 5G discussion is complex and convoluted and no […]

  • Costco: Everything is Right Except the Share Price

    Costco’s supply chain management is all about “minimizing the fingerprints” which makes them one of the most efficient operators in the business. Costco has an online delivery platform that offers free shipping to customers if their orders are $75+. They have several overseas opportunities, and are continuously expanding abroad. Costco has one of the best […]

  • Lyft, The 2019 IPO Market, and Amazon Web Services: The Podcast Version

    The 3rd podcast in the Scanlon on Stocks Podcast series. Should you buy Lyft or AMZN? The podcast will give you all the information necessary, and more. Enjoy! Disclaimer: These views are not investment advice, and should not be interpreted as such. These views are my own, and do not represent my employer. Trading […]

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