Category Archives: Economic trends

Monopoly Power is Concentrating Public Markets

Four firms control 98% of the cell phone market, four companies have cornered 92% of the peanut butter market, four airlines hold 73% of their industry market share, and three firms make up 89% of the social networking industry.1 There’s similar concentration across a wide variety of industries, from pet food to pharmacies to beer. What does it mean when industries become this concentrated, dominated by a few giants? Read more »

Technology and Transformation: Investment trends to watch for in 2019 – the Podcast

Listen to co-CIO Bryan Shipley, CFA, CAIA and investment advisor Kate Deines as they dive deeper into the discussion about Arnerich Massena’s 2019 investment trends to watch for. In this podcast, they’ll discuss the accelerated changes in technology that will color the investment landscape of 2019, as well as some of the transformational trends, like Opportunity Zones and impact investing, that will play an equally important role next year. Read more »

Technology and Transformation: Investment Trends to Watch For in 2019

In 2018, amid denuclearization talks with North Korea and a trade war with China, mid-term elections, spreading cannabis legalization, U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement and the United Nations Human Rights Council, and historic wildfires in California, we saw the first company reach the trillion-dollar valuation mark — that was Apple in August, soon followed by Amazon. The market seemed unstoppable for most of 2018, in spite of volatile world events and a creeping divisiveness at home. We saw the continued rise of the FAANG stocks (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google), as they each grew larger than many countries’ entire stock markets, only to see an ensuing fall as investors began to question the ability to maintain their lofty growth trajectories (and avoid regulation). Read more »

An Anxious October: A note from Arnerich Massena co-CIO Bryan Shipley, CFA, CAIA

October saw stock markets across the globe suffer one of the sharpest monthly declines since the global financial crisis in 2008. With the exception of stable, dividend-oriented sectors like REITs and Utilities, nearly the entire market experienced lower stock prices during the month. High growth stocks experienced the most acute pain, with price drops striking market darlings such as Amazon, Netflix, and Google, but even longstanding industrial stocks suffered double-digit losses in some instances. Read more »

How Will the Midterm Election Affect Stocks Next Year?

On November 6, 2018, voters will elect candidates to fill 33 seats in the U.S. Senate and 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

While there’s no way to know for sure how stocks will react to the midterm election, a review of history reveals an interesting relationship between midterm Senate gains or losses by the then-current President’s party and the subsequent year’s stock market return. Read more »

Arnerich Massena Publishes New White Paper: Impact Investing: Why, What, How

“The Global Impact Investing Network reports from their 2017 Annual Investor Survey that there is now at least $114 billion of impact investing assets under management and that impact investing is growing by about 18% per year,” begins Arnerich Massena’s newest white paper publication: Impact Investing: Why, What, How. In this publication, the authors help investors navigate through the sea of acronyms associated with impact investing – SRI (socially responsible investing), ESG (environmental, social, governance), CSR (corporate social responsibility), etc. – to understand: Read more »