Welcome To Growing Sports Opportunity
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by Gravitas
1w ago
“Sports is now no longer a hobby for rich guys” was the introductory quote in this week’s Fortune magazine profile of ex-Goldman Sachs dealmaker Gerry Cardinale. The day before, it was the turn of an earlier Gravitas name-drop and breakfast ‘buddy’, Todd Boehly, to appear in Forbes magazine. One owns AC Milan, the other Chelsea FC – both former investment bankers. Two articles in two days….hmmm. Curiosity tweaked, I did a bit more reading and my sense is that sport as a business has evolved significantly and is staring down the barrel of a seismic technology shift. Let’s start with evolution ..read more
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Buying Privately Begins To Work Out
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by Gravitas
2w ago
So, Adam Neumann wants to buy WeWork out of bankruptcy, and Don Poorleone is apparently a billionaire again. Yep, the Donald’s social media platform, Truth Social, has cracked a $7 billion valuation by moving from the private market to listing on a public market, the Nasdaq exchange in this instance. Amazingly, this valuation is based on annual revenues of barely $3 million and operating losses of almost $50 million. That doesn’t work for me but perhaps a Trump Bible (oh Lordy) is needed or a quick chat with Adam Neumann. Remember Adam tried to list WeWork publicly via IPO  in 2019 with a ..read more
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How To Trade A Trump Win
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by Gravitas
3w ago
The financial text books and academia will tell you that stock markets tend to reflect investor views 6 to 9 months ahead of events. In financial ‘jargon monoxide’ it is said that stock markets ‘discount’ future events or, in main street terms, it’s a bet. It should also be said that this is real investment money taking a view. Bluntly, opinions are cheap, even worthless. So, when I read the frequent headlines about poor polling numbers for President Biden and a likely November election win for ‘The Accused’, Donald J Trump, my instant reaction is to check the ‘money view’. Polling responses a ..read more
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Time For A UK Recovery?
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by Gravitas
1M ago
Crikey, twice in one week. A positive thought on the UK. Maybe, it’s my subliminal way of keeping the rugby gods happy before Twickenham? It’s certainly not Rishi Sunak’s sole splitting toe-curler of an interview with Grazia – surely the place where political careers go to die or promote blissful dishwasher habits. No, seriously. Anyway, Budget Day comes this week in the UK but that won’t move the recovery dial. No, I’m looking for inspiration elsewhere and, as fortune would have it, we hosted a launch event in London last week. The guest speaker on the night, Chris Johns – author, podcaster ..read more
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Fintech Is The Forgotten Network Card To Play
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by Gravitas
1M ago
Brexit has delivered a win. There, I said it. Now, before you all head off to lobby on my behalf for a co-anchor slot on GB News with the Moggster, Bad Enoch and the Rishibot, there’s a distinct possibility I could be clutching at correlation rather than causation. However, the numbers – for a change – are real. According to KPMG’s bi-annual report, Pulse of Fintech, last year was a tough year for global fintech with funding levels hitting a 6 year low. The UK did not escape the bear market as its $12.3 billion of new investment represented a 34% drop. But….the UK remains, by far, the capital ..read more
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Which Global Themes Are Flying?
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by Gravitas
2M ago
Only one sleep to go until “Sixmas”, or the 6 Nations. Giddy. Another 28 days to go in the “Freezbrury” cold water swim challenge. Not so giddy. Such is the emotional ebb and flow of life but what do we make of the January investment emotional roller-coaster? Dare we say January was a game of three ‘halves’? The early days of the year saw markets puke, only for the next three weeks to see markets roar higher on familiar big tech AI giddiness, interest rate cut hopes and stronger economic numbers out of the US and Asia. Then, more fear. As always, the cost of money (rates) drives all asset mark ..read more
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The Value Of Good Times Revisited
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by Gravitas
2M ago
My first year on this planet was the first for humanity on the moon. A good year but no memory of it. Probably my earliest happiest memory was lying on the floor playing with Airfix toy soldiers in a Waterloo battle scene at Christmas time as Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Boxer’ played on my parents’ hi-fi. Happy times, and always grateful for plenty more over the following decades. However, last week another ‘good times’ feeling was prompted by the radio belting out “The Boxer”, quickly followed by a news update on another lunar expedition. Yep, it was Japan’s turn to visit the moon but also a ..read more
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Five Numbers Say Don’t Give Up….
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by Gravitas
3M ago
Perhaps it’s the prospect of beginning a 100 day no-alcohol stint which is causing, on my part, a sudden obsession with numbers. Then again, it could be just a time thing. I mean, who knew one of the World Darts finalists would be younger than the iPhone? Or, that just 9% of UK voters believe Brexit is going to plan? Well, probably the rest of the world knew that a policy to sanction your own economy more heavily than Russia was going to end in tears. However, the rest of the world should drop the sermons-in-smug and pay attention to the first of five key numbers we are watching in 2024…. Clim ..read more
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What’s The Score For ’24?
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by Gravitas
4M ago
It’s that time of year again to pause, reflect and hope to do better in future. Unless, of course, you’re the Conservative Party in the UK or the Republican Party in the US and ‘the race-to-most-nasty’ is the leadership badge of shame soon to be re-spelt with a ‘Z’. Back in the do-better world, a review process can help shape future efforts. So, let’s do a quick check on our four multi-year investment themes we identified almost a year ago in “Four Pictures To Develop This Year”.  First, we will remind ourselves of what was written, and then score/review how things developed for AI, Housi ..read more
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Take Your Pension Or Portfolio To Another Level
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by Gary McCarthy
4M ago
Fizzle sticks! There goes another billion dollar ‘unicorn’ I didn’t back. Sound familiar? This week’s news that Ireland’s Cubic Telecom has entered the ‘unicorn’ club thanks to a €473 million investment from Japan’s Softbank should focus financial planning minds. In particular, we should focus on two things very familiar to readers of these pages. Firstly, speed. The business world is moving faster and faster. Secondly, technologies are rapidly merging and compounding value. Just over a year ago, Cubic Telecom was reporting annual sales(Sept 2022) of circa €30 million with its connectivity sof ..read more
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