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Written by Max & John Osbon

Weekly Articles by Osbon Capital Management:

The Big Debt Crisis Article

Dec 3, 2019 - Max Osbon ( 8 mins to read)

Without debt, the majority of people would never be able to own a home. Companies would struggle to build data centers and manufacturing plants. Governments wouldn’t be able to build subway systems, hospitals or highways. No debt means no growth. Still, there are limits. Too much debt, poorly managed, leads to disasters. With this in mind, Ray Dalio and his firm Bridgewater published a massive ...

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Thank You & Gratitude

Nov 26, 2019 - Max Osbon ( 2 mins to read)

In an age of abundance, the communal practice of giving thanks is something to be grateful for in and of itself. Taking the time to give thanks is an opportunity for a perspective reset. It allows us to step beyond whatever challenge-du-jour we have faced and step into a place of empathy and connection. Often caught up in our efforts to continually improve and progress, Thanksgiving offers a welcome reminder to take a step back and truly acknowledge the people,…

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Demographics Are Fundamental To Investing

Check the basics on the people behind your portfolio

Nov 20, 2019 - John Osbon ( 5 mins to read)

Andy Kessler wrote a great WSJ article on Monday about China and demographics, called “Old Age Will Put China To Rest”. It made me remember how excited we were at Morgan Stanley 35 years ago when we started to collect demographic data outside the United States. Today, in 2019, our access to demographic data has grown exponentially. It's important we use it. Better Data Access Demographic data...

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Atomic Habits for Investors

Bit by Bit by Bit

Nov 12, 2019 - John Osbon ( 5 mins to read)

I read James Clear’s Atomic Habits last week. It got me thinking about how our performance as investors can be greatly affected by our habits — both our ability to adopt (and sustain) good ones and to break bad ones. Clear’s premise is very compelling; he suggests when we can get down to the atomic level in our thoughts and actions, we can control our habits and produce the results we desire. S...

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When You Are Acquired: The Three R’s To Consider

Nov 6, 2019 - John Osbon ( 4 mins to read)

More than 200 Massachusetts companies have been acquired so far this year. Almost all were privately held. When you are acquired, it’s not just a life-changing liquidity event, it’s validation of your business model and a hard-earned reward for your ideas and long hours. In the big deal, you’ll receive cash, stock and/or incentives to continue working. Then what? Based on my 30 years working wi...

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The Go-To-Market Economy

Go-To-Market companies keep our economy growing

Oct 30, 2019 - John Osbon ( 7 mins to read)

What exactly is a go-to-market (GTM) company? A GTM company is intensely focused on creating new and innovative strategies to attract new customers. Rather than building new technology or new service models these companies don’t have to have the latest and greatest offering to attract new business. In order to be viable, they have to have a reasonable path to profitability, typically by achievi...

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Considerations Before Every Buy and Sell Decision

Honest investing requires an honest take

Oct 22, 2019 - Max Osbon ( 6 mins to read)

It is easier to make money decisions when you depersonalize them. Think of your investments as a business with very clear profit and loss metrics. Practice the dispassionate discipline of looking at all stakeholders and considering all goals, timelines and risks. Now that it’s late October and just a few months before the close of the calendar year, let’s take a look at the many investment cons...

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Consensus Is Rare

Disagreement is essential for functional markets

Oct 15, 2019 - John Osbon ( 5 mins to read)

It’s difficult to get a broad idea across in one headline. When it is done in the investment media, the bias almost always skews negative, mostly for dramatic effect. If all indicators were bad, everyone would want to sell and there would be no buyers. With positive consensus, on the other hand, there would be no sellers. A broad and balanced take on the market, with both positives and negative...

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Free Is Not Free

Why You Should Be Skeptical When Prices Drop to Zero

Oct 7, 2019 - Max Osbon ( 7 mins to read)

Schwab made the headlines last week when the company announced it was cutting its trading commissions to $0. While this may seem like a great deal and an obvious win for consumers, there is more to the story and cause to be dubious. Specifically, if Schwab earns nothing via buying and selling securities for its clients, then how does it actually make money? It’s a question worth asking. Let’s f...

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