24 Jul 2009 Live Now, Invest for Tomorrow
Posted at 16:34h in The Friday BriefIt’s all too easy to project our current circumstances into the future and assume that things will remain the same forever. We find this phenomenon particularly true the longer a current trend, good or bad, persists. Remember how the “Internet changed everything?” In the late nineties stock valuations were at all-time highs, ‘twenty-somethings’ became overnight billionaires with dot.com ideas that required an ever increasing suspension of reality (and gravity). Even seasoned CEO’s who remain heads today of companies like Cisco, Intel, Apple, and Broadcom said then, that they could barely believe what was happening themselves; the orders were there – the growth was real. Then, all of a sudden the orders went away. The Y2K bug had not bitten. Information companies were indeed subject to the same business cycle as the rest of the economy. And the silliness of most new dot coms was exposed. It all came crashing down. Wall Street analysts who had months earlier championed the record high stock multiples as the new reality were summarily fired. The few who were too deeply involved with large investment banking customers stayed on, but quickly changed their tune. The reality changed overnight.