The Global Market Update is curated by Douglas Tengdin, CFA an employee of Charter Trust Company.
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History Traps?

By |May 2nd, 2019|

Who was Thucydides? Source: US Army, Wikipedia Thucydides was an ancient Athenian general who wrote about the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens. Sparta had been the dominant power in Greece. They had a harsh military culture built around their seemingly invincible army. Athens was a rising power, commercially and at sea. They had built the most powerful navy in the Mediterranean Sea. War between [...]

Superhero Profits

By |April 29th, 2019|

“What’s your favorite superpower?” Source: Pxhere. CC0 That’s one of my favorite questions. It’s timely, and it gets to the other person to think about which of their own limitations they’d like to set aside – where they feel most constrained, and what they’d like to change. It also speaks to our current cultural moment, with superhero movies in the news. Last weekend, Marvel Studios [...]

Shading our Perspective

By |April 26th, 2019|

How do you look at the world? Photo: Igor Ovsyannykov. Source: Fancycrave Everyone looks at the world through their own particular lenses: we’re limited by our own minds. We can never see anything truly objectively; we only know what we think we see. What we have are different shades of rose-colored glasses. This is a problem for investors. We tend to search for, interpret, favor, [...]

Rethinking Thinking

By |April 26th, 2019|

Why do new ideas come to us in the shower? Photo: Kevin Boyd. Source: Pixabay Creativity is a funny thing. New ideas are at the heart of the creative process, whether it’s science, writing, or finding the right music to energize our workout. Early cultures saw inspiration as a gift from the gods, a literal bolt out of the blue. That’s why so many ancient [...]

Devil Take the Front-most

By |April 25th, 2019|

Is this a winner-take-all world? Photo: Paul Bonhomme. Source: Flikr. CC-BY-SA 2.0 Increasingly, commerce is dominated by just a few big firms. We use iPhones to search for stuff on Google; we buy it on Amazon; and we tell our friends about it on Facebook. These tech titans provide everything we need, and they’re incredibly profitable. Normally, high profits attract competitors, forcing down margins. Consumers [...]

The Toothpaste Effect

By |April 24th, 2019|

You can’t put toothpaste back in a tube. Photo: M.M. Minderhoud. Source: Wikimedia That’s how l look at social media and the data giants. Assume, for the sake of argument, the worst is true: Facebook and Google and Amazon have been misusing “our” data. They’ve tracked us, profiled us, followed us, and manipulated us for their own nefarious ends. And assume, for the moment, that [...]

Special Place, Sacred Space

By |April 23rd, 2019|

Is there room for sacred space in our lives? 2019 Notre Dame fire. Photo: LeLaisserPasserA38. Source: Wikimedia There has been a massive outpouring of grief and concern since a massive fire swept through the Cathedral of Notre Dame last week. There has also been a massive outpouring of contributions to its ultimate rebuilding. French authorities have committed themselves to have the cathedral reconstructed in time [...]

Floating on the Stream

By |April 22nd, 2019|

Is streaming the end of TV? Photo: Ki-keh. Source: Picography Streaming services have been multiplying, with Netflix, Hulu, and the recently announced Disney Plus service. Now, you can take your PC anywhere and watch whatever content you want any time you like. Is sitting in the living room and arguing over who gets to control the remote just over? TV used to be mass entertainment. [...]