The older I get, the more value I find in seeing every day events from a very long term historical perspective. Especially when it comes to comparing market crashes, the rapid declines in stock prices in March 2020 were not quite “unprecedented”, and of course stockholders’ eventual outcomes depend on how well economies and corporate profits recover, and how other shareholders respond to them. That may sound like a simplistic explanation of a very complex environment, but markets, and the stocks we buy in them, have gone through many comparable periods of stress and uncertainty.
Below, I am sharing three of my recent articles:
3. An explanation on why buybacks aren’t “bad”, but rather the best alternative to paying a dividend when a company finds it better to shrink in order to maintain high profitability ratios, rather than try and stay big and become less profitable. The example I use over this past decade is McDonald’s.