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November 22, 2022

We revisit “Valuing The Automotive Industry” our in depth report from last year. “Valuing The Automotive Industry” (Nov. 2021)

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November 7, 2022

In October of 2021 we reviewed the Howard Marks Checklist from Mr. Marks’ book “Mastering the Market Cycle.” Since then conditions in the market have changed dramatically so we felt it was time to revisit Mr. Marks’ checklist. 

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October 24, 2022

The market’s worst day of 2022 was September 13th when the Bureau of Labor’s Consumer Price Index came in higher then expected. A month later the next CPI release was a similar surprise however the market’s reaction to that news was much different. Former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein remarked: “This is one of those trading

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October 10, 2022

We explain the approach to valuing the S&P 500 developed by NYU Professor Aswath Damodaran a co-author with our senior advisor Professor Bradford Cornell, and explain its relevance to current market conditions.

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October 3, 2022

Download Memo as PDF  Efficient markets              If markets are efficient in that prices always reflect fair value and expected returns on stock are constant, why would anyone need an investment manager? There are two answers. The first, put forth by Sandy Grossman and Joe Stiglitz, is that a truly efficient market is a contradiction

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Featured Publication


By Bradford Cornell, Shaun Cornell, Andrew Cornell Introduction An investor would have to have been living under a rock not to have noticed the appreciation in the value of automobile companies in the last two years. Tesla, of course, is the premier example. In less than two years, its market capitalization has soared from less than $100 billion to over $1.2 trillion at one point. But Tesla is hardly alone. Recent electric entrants like Xpeng, Nio, Rivian, and Lucid have all seen their valuations jump. Even traditional automakers like Ford, GM and Volkswagen saw their valuations rise when they announced electric vehicle plans. This across-the-board run-up is sufficiently unprecedented that it calls for a valuation analysis of the automotive industry. Are the price increases consistent with reasonable fundamental valuation – for all companies in the industry or just a small group? What are the investment implications? Before turning to the data and analysis, there is a key economic principle related to technological innovation and valuation that must be kept in mind. Specifically, a new technology does not translate into value creation for a company that adopts it unless it produces returns on invested capital (ROIC) in excess of the cost

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