The Razor's Edge
The Razor's Edge
Jan 19, 2021
E-Commerce, Chat Commerce, and What's Here To Stay Post-Covid
Play • 1 hr 36 min

E-commerce has risen to the point where just about everybody is an e-commerce company, and that goes even beyond retailers of goods. To understand that trend and to see how far it might stretch, we talk about the adoption of chat and social commerce in emerging markets with Ramy Assaf, Ceo of Zbooni, a Dubai-based fintech/commerce startup. He tells us how he came to build Zbooni, what it's like working with Facebook, why Square and Shopify are model companies for his firm, and how consumer behavior is changing amidst everything that's happened in the last year.

Topics Covered
  • 2:30 minute mark - Ramy’s background
  • 5:30 – The Zbooni origin story and the new way of selling
  • 12:00 – Working with Facebook
  • 14:30 -  Going from point product to product suite, with Shopify and Square as examples
  • 18:30 – Facebook’s role in e-commerce
  • 22:00 – Facebook integration
  • 30:30 - Chatcommerce vs. e-commerce and the e-commerce myth
  • 34:00 – The breadth of ‘e-commerce’ in 2020
  • 37:00 - COVID environment and the role of cash
  • 44:30 - COVID reaction and SMB vs. enterprise
  • 49:30 - COVID reaction and the user behavior
  • 57:30 - Services vs. goods and changing behavior for services businesses
  • 1:04:30 – Amazon’s enduring example
  • 1:14:00 - The post-covid world 
  • 1:20:30 - Fundraising in Covid
  • 1:24:00 - Customer perspective on pre-paying
  • 1:34:00 - What’s next for Zbooni
Alpha Trader
Alpha Trader
Seeking Alpha
Digital transformation comes to energy, autos, and currency - Jon Markman and Greg King join Alpha Trader (Podcast)
This week’s Alpha Trader podcast features hosts Aaron Task and Stephen Alpher speaking with Jon Markman, president and founder of Markman Capital, and Greg King, CEO and founder of Osprey Funds. Markman (who previously appeared on Alpha Trader in October) continues to believe the Fed ignited what’s going to be a decade-long bull run in stocks with their actions in response to the Covid crisis last year. With the Fed continuing to provide plenty of liquidity to the system, he’s targeting 92K for the Dow (DJI) in the next decade, and 34K on the Nasdaq (COMP). Turning to individual names/sectors, Markman is still spying the opportunity in digital transformation, but this time with a twist - it’s old-school energy and auto companies whose business models are changing from nuts and bolts to 0s and 1s. Shareholders of names like Schlumberger (SLB), Baker Hughes (BKR), General Motors (GM), Ford (F), and Volkswagen ([[VLKAF]], [[VWAGY]]) are set to benefit in a big way. And the massive investment the auto players are making into EVs means a re-rating not just for them, but suppliers like Magna International (MGA), NXP Semiconductor (NXPI), and Analog Devices (ADI). Markman’s got plenty more digital transformation ideas, including a speculative play on cryptocurrencies, and that’s VPC Impact Acquisition (VIH), a SPAC that earlier this year inked a deal to take digital asset marketplace Bakkt Holdings public. Next up is Greg King, whose Osprey Bitcoin Trust (OBTC) recently launched as a lower-cost competitor to the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC). A longtime investor in bitcoin (BTC-USD), King isn’t put off by the wild volatility (including a plunge from $53K to $49K right about the time we were speaking). He notes that whenever bitcoin pierces a previous all-time high (as it did late last year by finally climbing past $20K), the average subsequent return is 900% - this bull move has plenty more to run. “Not your key, not your coins,” is something the hodlers like to say, but King says we all have limitations - not everyone is in a position to start up an account with an online exchange and possibly even custody their own bitcoin. A trust such as Osprey offers a fee of just 0.49%, is something that can be purchased inside an existing brokerage or retirement account, and safety isn’t an issue as all the Trust’s coins are held in custody by Fidelity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Value Hive Podcast
Brandon Beylo
ARK Enters The Bear Cave w/ Edwin Dorsey
The Value Hive Podcast is brought to you by TIKR. Join the free beta today at TIKR.com/hive. They're constantly releasing new updates that make the platform better including a new Business Owner Mode that hides share count, market cap, and enterprise value. I couldn't be more excited to partner with TIKR. This week I chat with Edwin Dorsey, founder, and author of The Bear Cave. The Bear Cave is a short-focused newsletter dedicated to finding interesting companies doing sketchy things. Edwin began his obsession with the stock market in the second grade. As we discuss in the podcast, Edwin was born to be a short seller.  Our chat covers a few key topics around short-selling, including:  * What Makes A Great Short Idea (Hint: it's not "astronomical valuation") * The Importance of Shorting in Capital Markets * ETF Mechanics & The Impact of Front-Running Redemptions The bulk of the podcast focuses on the current ARK ETF dynamics and the potential of a severe redemption event. Edwin does a fantastic job describing the inner mechanics of ETFs and why the same "rails" that drove ARK up the AUM ladder could bring them down in the blink of an eye.  Here's the timestamp:  * [1:20] Is A Short Seller Born or Made?  * [4:10] What Makes A Great Short Idea?  * [8:00] Root Insurance $ROOT * [17:05] Interning at SEC Enforcement Division * [20:23] ARK Enters The Bear Cave * [35:12] What Makes 2021 Different Than The 2020 Flash Crash?  * [44:57] Vuzix Corp $VUZI * [58:04] Future of Bear Cave Newsletter * [61:00] Closing Questions If you like what you heard and you want to learn more about Edwin, check out these resources:  * Bear Cave Newsletter * Edwin Dorsey Twitter
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The 7investing Podcast
The 7investing Podcast
7investing
7investing Team Podcast: Mission Statements and "Bullish or Bearish"
Many businesses exist not just to create profits, but to serve a higher-level purpose. A company's mission statement lays out the ambitions it ultimately wants to achieve. It typically describes a desired improvement to the status quo: whether that be making life easier for customers, innovating with new technologies, or even seeking a bigger-picture societal impact. The mission statement can also influence how the business itself operates. It often serves as the conscience that steers acquisition or capital allocation decisions. It can set a unified company culture that impacts hiring, and can and even can be a guide for specific projects. Examples of famous mission statements include Alphabet's quest "to organize the world's information and to make it universally accessible and useful" or Chipotle's goal "to provide food with integrity." We recently put some deeper thought into what role these mission statements should play in our objective investing research. Are there specific things within them -- either good or bad -- that we should pay closer attention to when searching for stock market opportunities? In this month's 7investing Team Podcast, our advisors describe how mission statements influence their investing research. We also provide a few companies whose mission statements are particularly compelling. And in the second segment of our podcast, we play a game of "Bullish or Bearish". Each advisor shares their thoughts about recent developments in an investing space they closely follow. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/7investing/message
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Let's Talk ETFs
Let's Talk ETFs
Seeking Alpha
From Fad To Sustainable Trend: The ESG Juggernaut Continues To Pick Up Steam
Essentially unheard of a decade ago, investing strategies that screen holdings for compliance to Environmental, Social and Governance values have captured increasing investor interest. Tony Campos, Head of Sustainable Investment, Americas, FTSE Russell, joins the podcast to explain how the process of ESG screening works at FTSE Russell. Not wanting to leave things purely academic, we go under the hood of the two largest ETFs that track FTSE Russell Indexes, Vanguard's ESG U.S. (ESGV) and International (VSGX) ETFs. 2:30 - Meet Tony Campos, Head of Sustainable Investment, Americas, FTSE Russell. 4:00 - What are the origins of ESG investing? 6:45 - The "E" in ESG: What does FTSE Russell look for in companies that have positive environmental characteristics? 10:00 - Is it safe to say that energy companies will not end up in ESG portfolios? 14:30 - The "S" in ESG: What does FTSE Russell look for when building the social part of these indexes? 19:00 - How is it that a company like Facebook (FB) is a top 5 weighting in FTSE Russell Index trackers like the Vanguard ESG U.S. Stock ETF (ESGV)? 24:00 - The "G" in ESG: What's the governance piece even doing here? 29:00 - Tax transparency and corporate tax shelters 32:30 - How do you ensure the accuracy of the ratings data? 36:45 - How do you select and weight index components? 42:30 - Does ESG investing mean exchanging values for performance? 44:30 - On ESG beyond equities: Fixed income and beyond 46:45 - The U.S. is catching up to rest of the world in its adoption of ESG Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Excess Returns
Jack Forehand and Justin Carbonneau
Academic Research Spotlight: Replicating Anomalies by Lu Zhang, Chen Xue and Kewei Hou
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20 min
Top Traders Unplugged
Top Traders Unplugged
Niels Kaastrup-Larsen
129 Systematic Investor Series ft Mark Rzepczynski – March 1st, 2021
We’re joined today by Mark Rzepczynski to discuss the return of the Gamestop short-squeeze, Trend Following in a high interest-rate environment, the future of AI & machine learning in trading models, the case for including short positions in a portfolio, how to spot a commodity ‘super-cycle’, the different factors driving markets higher, why good news can often be bad news for markets, retail investors opening trades on the wrong ticker symbols, and why Trend Following tends to do better on the long-side. You can find Mark’s latest writings here. If you would like to leave us a voicemail to play on the show, you can do so here. Check out our Global Macro series here. Learn more about the Trend Barometer here. IT's TRUE 👀 - most CIO's read 50+ books each year - get your copy of the Ultimate Guide to the Best Investment Books ever written here. And you can get a free copy of my latest book "The Many Flavors of Trend Following" here. Send your questions to info@toptradersunplugged.com Follow Niels & Mark on Twitter: @TopTradersLive  & @MRzepczynski And please share this episode with a like-minded friend and leave an honest rating & review on iTunes so more people can discover the podcast. Top Traders Unplugged wins award for ‘Best Trading Podcast’ and features among the ‘Top 20 Best Investing Podcasts in 2020’ by The Investors Podcast 🏆 Episode Summary 0:00 - Intro 1:46 - Macro recap from Niels 5:18 - Weekly review of returns 1:04:48 - Q1 & Q2; Plamen: Is there an official organisation that studies & publishes data about the CTA industry? Can you speak about the research process you follow and how you generate trade ideas? 1:10:49 - Performance recap 1:12:25 - Recommended listening or reading this week: Howard Marks' latest memo 1:14:34 - Announcement: Special episode next week featuring both Jerry Parker & Rob Carver Subscribe on:
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The Acquirers Podcast
The Acquirers Podcast
Tobias Carlisle
Capital Allocator: Ted Seides on investing in hedge funds ith Tobias on The Acquirers Podcast
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Stocktwits After Hours
Stocktwits After Hours
Stocktwits, Inc
Jobless Claims Dropped, What Does This Mean For Stocks?
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