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    Take the Heroes Run Challenge

    August 11, 2020
    361 Team

    It goes without saying that this has been an unconventional year with everyone’s plans flipped upside down. If nothing else, this odd year has taught us all the importance of being able to pivot. We’ve had to pivot our work environments, pivot our vacation plans, and pivot many in-person events to virtual.

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    Please Scream Inside Your Heart

    August 05, 2020
    Andrea Coleman, CAIA

    As you may have seen recently, a Japanese amusement park asked patrons to stop screaming on roller coasters in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19. For me, I know that would be an impossibility since I scare easily, and so I was impressed when I watched the video of well-dressed riders barely reacting at all. While not an actual roller coaster, the markets have been quite a ride themselves this year with the MSCI World Index seeing a peak to trough drop of -31.82% in Q1, and an aggressive recovery up 38.22% through June 30th.

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    Last week we hosted a 2020 Mid-Year Market Review with Blaine Rollins, CFA, author of our popular 361 Weekly Research Briefing. We had several interesting questions come in from attendees so we thought we would use this week’s blog to share Blaine’s responses.

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    One of the things the team at 361 Capital has noticed during the pandemic is that we’ve had a lot more time to listen to podcasts while working from home. One of the programs we follow is The Meb Faber Show, so it was exciting to listen to a recent episode featuring Harin de Silva, CFA, Ph.D., Portfolio Manager for the Analytic Investors team at Wells Fargo Asset Management and sub-advisor to our long/short equity strategies.

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    In its 63-year history, the S&P 500 Index has become the center of the investment universe. In many cases, investors would be wise to resist its gravitational pull. Its ubiquity has also caused many investors and investment professionals to mistakenly apply the index as a mental benchmark for relative performance, even though the strategy it is compared with may invest in entirely different markets or securities.