Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies, wrote Friedrich Nietzsche in “Human, all too human”. Convictions, beliefs, dreams.
When you hear that Tesla now is the biggest carmaker in the world, you should not think that it makes the most cars (its is very very far from achieving that). It only means that currently investors value its shares more than other carmakers’, regardless of what they produce and for how much they sell. What’s even more interesting, is that Tesla market capitalization is now bigger than that of Volkswagen, GM, Ford, BMW and Daimler combined, although these five carmakers last year sold almost 100 times more cars than Tesla.
One could argue that the past does not matter, since internal combustion engines are the past and electric vehicles are the future. But what rarely mentioned by biggest believers is that Tesla is barely growing – it has been selling around around 80-100k cars per quarter since Q3 2018. At the same time quite a few “legacy” carmakers are increasing their production of electric vehicles faster than Tesla. This year Tesla is losing its market share in almosy all EU countries as competitors from right and left are producing cheaper or more attractive alternatives with warranty and service.
So Why did Tesla share price and its market capitalization kept rising on any news, no news, or even bad news? For example, decision to cut prices for some reason is interpreted as good news (as reflected by rising share price), although it clearly indicates that Tesla has no unfilled backlog of orders and is desperate to maintain market share. Why do investors look through the uncomfortable facts and imagine only most miraculous scenario that could materialize in 2025?
It is not the first massive bubble driven by irrational expectations, beliefs and “fear of missing out”. We’ve seen them over and over throughout centuries – from tulipmania in the 17th century to alt-coins a few years ago. They all end the same.
This is not an advice to buy or sell. This is an advice not to let your beliefs or hopes cloud your judgement.
Hey Andrew, I can support you by sharing how I learnt to read financial statements and create a story behind securities' valuation methods. But I would rely on people who spent time professionally and have the right credentials to educate about investing.
Here we go again.
Bitcoin cannot become conventional mean of transactions (money), because it is inherently deflationary (its limited supply means that it is better to hoard it rather than buy things with it). Fiat currency may be replaced by CBDCs, but not by bitcoin et al. Can it become a more conventional asset, aka modern gold? Unlikely, for many reasons. Most likely scenario is that Bitcoin will remain highly volatile speculative asset, until some some sort of regulatory clamp down or other mishap.
Bitcoin is on the rise again. Checked hedge funds performance trading crypto assets.
Main reason - funds could produce higher returns compared to hold strategies. Hedge funds are quicker to respond, can go long and short, most importantly professional traders are in place.
My learnings so far:
1. Hedge funds performance is poor compared to Bitcoin buy and hold. Funds act more like volatility reducing mechanism rather than added growth.
2. Performance exception is Quantitative funds. Positive returns even in 2018 bear market, lower returns in Bull market during 2019. On average - similar returns to buy and hold Bitcoin.
3. Bad performing funds just don’t survive long enough - thus data is hard to track.
4. Fair option is to buy and hold assets yourself. Or consider quantitative funds for more stability.
1. Only 2018-2019 data.
2. 48 funds included.
3. High management fees and possibly higher entry amount required.
4. Source: PwC https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/financial-services/pdf/pwc-elwood-annual-crypto-hedge-fund-report-may-2020.pdf