MidSouth Week in Review
January 19, 2024

Weekly Update from Fund Manager Buzz Heidtke, MidSouth Investment Fund

Jan. 26, 2024 | RedChip Companies

Today the S&P made a new high and was up 1.1% for the week.  The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond rose to 4.17% vs. 3.50% earlier in the month.  Bitcoin declined to $40,343 from $46,700 earlier in the month.  The Dollar rose to 103 from 99 recently.  Because of a recent 8 inches of snowfall, Nashville has received no newspapers in 5 days.  Sources:  Wall Street Journal and New York Times




The S&P 500 – ended 2023 with a 24% gain.  Just seven companies – Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet, Amazon, Nvidia, Meta and Tesla – accounted for two-thirds of the gains – THE WEEK


Airport Guns – Passengers bringing guns to airports hit 6,737 in 2023 with 93% found to be loaded.  That compares to just 1,123 in 2010 – Transportation Security Administration


$4,000 – A Pittsburg couple was forced to undertake is messy retrieval operation.  Their dog ate $4,000 in cash they left on a kitchen counter.  They waited for him to poop and washed the cash scraps and retrieved all but $450 – Carrie Law


Covered Call Strategies – have been the most popular factors over the past few years.  However traditions of cover-call strategies face a tradeoff:  They forfeit potential upside in exchange for current income – ProShares


Autos – China’s overseas auto sales exceeded Japan’s in 2023.  Some 5.26 million Chinese-made cars were sold abroad vs. 4 million for Japan in the first 11 months of 2023 – Wall Street Journal


Cher – has several tricks for staying youthful:  not drinking, not smoking and dating a man 40 years her junior.  Cher is 77 – Daily Mail


Small Town Municipal Bonds – usually carry a higher interest rate than their big-city equivalents.  Because they are small, rating companies don’t bother to evaluate them.  But in most cases the issues are just as safe as the rated bonds.


General Motors – Their sales increased 14.1% last year to represent the automakers best year since 2019 – CNBC


Covid – is surging once again with hospitalizations spiking 20% after Christmas to about 26,000 people and deaths rose by 12.5% - Wall Street Journal


The Office Market – hasn’t seen the worst yet.  The vacancy rate hit 19.6% in the 4Q.  Look for vacancies to peak at nearly 21% later this year – The Kiplinger Letter


Homicides – were down about 15% last year in the nation’s 10 largest cities.  FBI stats show that violent crime was down 8.2%, including a 15.6% decline in murders – Wall Street Journal


EV Autos – A Chinese automaker has passed Tesla as the world’s bestselling EV maker, delivering 526,000 autos for the quarter vs. only 484,000 for Tesla – Axios


Gradual Retirement – More than half of Americans want to retire gradually by reducing their hours over time and about two thirds of members of Gen X report preference for this approach – ThinkAdvisor


Heart Disease – People who score highly on tests of optimism live 5 to 15 percent longer than those who are more pessimistic and have a lower risk of heart disease – New York Times


Last Year – was the warmest on record and likely the hottest in 100,000 years.  In Europe in 2023 temperatures were 2.66 degrees higher than they were in the 1850-1900 pre-industrial period – New York Times


Hourly Workers – Nearly half of them are looking for a new job in the hopes of higher pay, better benefits, flexible schedules and more workplace transparency – Human Resource Management


Remote Workers – were promoted 31% less frequently than those who worked in the office – Live Data Technologies


Business Starters – 50% of business starters had parents who owned a business. 


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