COVID Confirms - It is a Winner Takes All Economy
This week we continue with our analysis of the markets during the Covid-19 crisis by re-examining our assumption that Wall Street and Main Street intersect. Or, do they each run parallel to each other in their own universe?
31 May 2020
Markets In The Corona Virus Crisis - How Long Will It Last?
It took six months from the day that Lehman Brothers failed in 2008 to when the stock market recovery began in March 2009. We started tracking our comparison of the markets during the COVID-19 crisis to the Financial Crisis almost three months ago. As it seems like we are not going to be out of the woods for some weeks to come
17 May 2020
Impact of COVID-19 on California Electricity Demand
Two of the primary variable inputs to our modern economy are labor and energy. We are all watching the labor markets and the record unemployment claims week after week. Last month, we also have witnessed, for the first time, negative oil prices caused by disappearing demand. But here I will focus on probably the most important input, electricity. What is happening with electricity consumption while California shelters in place?
08 May 2020
Markets In The Corona Virus Crisis - The Great Decoupling Continues
It has been 10 weeks since we started keeping track of the market downturn. Over thirty million unemployment claims have been filed in the past six weeks. April was the best month since January 1987 for the stock market. In short, the great disconnect continues. The disconnect is puzzling many market researchers.
03 May 2020
Markets In The Corona Virus Crisis - The Great Decoupling
This is the fifth update of the previous blogs' as we promised. S&P 500 is having a mini bull run. Yet most economists agree that this will be the worst economic downturn we have seen in the last 90 years. US, especially New York, has become the epicenter of the pandemic.
20 Apr 2020
New Light On Old KPIs - Operating Margin
I will devote a few blogs to important KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) and discuss their meaning in a new light. I have not heard financial advisors talk about these KPI’s in the same simple meaning that I will describe here. Let’s start this week with the operating margin. In these very uncertain times interpreting these KPI’s with a new insight is ever more important.
15 Apr 2020
Markets In The Corona Virus Crisis - Continued (Fifth Part)
This is the fourth update of last three weeks' blogs as we promised. We have now completed seventh weeks of the COVID-19 Black Swan. During the seventh week of the COVID-19 Black Swan something strange happened!
10 Apr 2020
Markets In The Corona Virus Crisis - Continued (Fourth Part)
This is the third update of last three weeks' blogs as we promised. We have now completed sixth weeks of the COVID-19 Black Swan. The chaotic psyche of the COVID-10 market started to show similarities to the Financial Crisis.
04 Apr 2020
Soldiers of the Work at Home Revolution
At ALTADATA, we have been working remotely for almost five years now; we learned a lot from this experience and wanted to share tips, tricks, and tools that make working from home easier.
30 Mar 2020
Markets In The Corona Virus Crisis - Continued (Third Part)
This is the second update of last two weeks' blogs as we promised. We have now completed five weeks of Black Swan. Annualized volatility of the COVID-19 Reality Crisis is still increasing. It is now at 86.8%.
28 Mar 2020
What Kind of Bail-Out Does Each Company Deserve?
United Airlines (UAL) CEO Oscar Munoz went to Congress and asked for a nearly $60 billion bail-out for the airline industry, accompanied with a thinly veiled threat that if UAL does not get this infusion, it may have to lay off even more employees than it had already planned. Is this the best way the US treasury can spend $60 billion? Are we to choose which airline to save? What happened to the corporate tax windfall that UAL and other airlines got in 2018? Why not ask the banks for a loan?
24 Mar 2020
Markets In The Corona Virus Crisis - Continued
This is the update of last weeks blog as we promised. Annualized volatility of the COVID-19 Reality Crisis is now at 84%. What this means is that there is 1 out of 6 chance that an investor may lose 84% of his investment by the end of the year.
20 Mar 2020
Markets In The Corona Virus Crisis
In the past few days, several wise people who have seen multiple market crises stated that they’ve never seen anything like this. Vaccine research is fully under way. If this crisis ends with a vaccine it will be much different than the financial crises which required years of massive quantitative easing to recover. Hopefully we will not be social distancing for long.
14 Mar 2020
Keep Calm and Look At The Fundamentals
On March 9, 2020, the US stock market’s favorite index S&P500 fell 7.6%, the biggest daily drop since the 2008 financial crisis. Blame it on the corona virus, blame it on the bad timing of the Saudis and the Russians to get into a price war. The important thing is that it happened …and it wasn’t supposed to.
09 Mar 2020
Electricity Enlighten Development Only to Some Extent
High electricity consumption can be considered as a indicator of development. Is it really? Let's look at human development index and electricity consumption.
04 Mar 2020
Why A Data Marketplace
We opened this data marketplace, altadata.io, for data users and data providers. Our site is new. Visit us often (or better yet, subscribe) to see new data products and new marketplace features, especially on quick insights.
25 Feb 2020