We’ve conducted our first-ever Zoom Webinars … three this month … all sessions generated positive feedback and follow-up … several questions in first session especially. As touted by chip, thought the process was easy, which bodes well for future sessions.
I just finished the GP Annual Report and June quarterly letter.
- All of their strategies, except EM Opportunities (GPEOX/GPEIX), are substantially outperforming their benchmarks, YTD (through 6/30/17). In general, the lead is between 400 – 500 bps. The EM lag reflects the fund’s small cap orientation (it trails the EM Small benchmark by much less than the EM All benchmark, reflecting the generally softer performance of small caps), valuation concerns that led to an outsized cash position early in the year, and a few individual-issue problems. It remains a five star fund and a Great Owl.
There are an interesting article in the WSJ today reporting that on Monday SPY, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF, had its lowest trading volume in 11 years. 32 million shares changed hands, down from an average of about 80 million shares a day. Of necessity, that means that “sophisticated” investors sat out.
The latest up-market cycle reached 101 months, from March 2009 to July 2017, inclusive … about 8.5 years.
Annualized return for SPY over that period: 17.8%, or just under 300% total return … for those wise, lucky and flush enough to invest at the bottom … and brave enough to hold.