A couple of weeks ago my family gathered at my sister’s house for an afternoon by the pool. At one point, my dad looked over and said, “Thanks for the investments last month. Does that one company do music?”
I handle his portfolio, and he’d made good money the previous month, with one holding standing out from the rest. At his age, I have him in the requisite fixed income holdings, like the closed-end funds that Charles buys in Peak Income, and I also use an option strategy that gives him exposure to the S&P 500 while limiting potential losses. But the fun stuff, the investments that have the potential to add an Alaskan cruise to his life… those are the ones he wants to talk about.
And no, it doesn’t do music.
He’d confused the company he owns, Shopify (Nasdaq: SHOP) with Spotify (Nasdaq: SPOT). It’s easy to see the similarity in name and ticker.
He didn’t know, and didn’t really care, what Shopify does. That’s my job.
When I came across the company a couple of years ago, I found the premise interesting for several reasons. The company offers small businesses a way to immediately access online payment systems for their goods and services… and provides incredible support. With more consumers moving online, it makes sense that more businesses are doing the same. And the easier it is to create a business, even if it’s a part-time gig, the more people are likely to give it a go.
Beyond that, it has nothing to do with the news cycle, including trade wars and politics, and it doesn’t rely on the Fed.
When I’m looking for game-changing investments, I’m not trying to find something that fits the current broad narrative, I want something unrelated, so that it can make big moves (hopefully higher, of course) without relying on macroeconomic trends.
Shopify fit the bill.
It also had one more, great attribute: Andrew Left of Citron Research hated it.
I don’t know Mr. Left, but I casually follow his research because I find him smart and articulate. The stocks he comments on tend to be big movers. When I disagree with him, I sometimes fade his call, or even go the opposite, which has paid off. Names like iRobot (Nasdaq: IRBT) and Exact Sciences (Nasdaq: EXAS) have done well after he said they should crater, just like Shopify.
To be fair, he’s made some great calls as well, so this isn’t bashing at all. He makes bold calls on fast-moving names, it’s all part of the game, and it’s what can give you an investing advantage.
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