Venture Society


Leverage: Robinhood Traders Piling into Call Options Again

Every year, there are three days that I look forward to more than any others. The first happens in mid-February, when Major League Baseball pitchers and catchers report to spring training, and the second is Opening Day. Sadly, both were disrupted this year by the outbreak of COVID-19, leaving those of us who “rely […]

Are Oil Wells Going Dry – And Is This the End of the Supermajor?

On August 27th, 1859, George Bissel and Edwin Drake changed the American petroleum industry forever. The two men were responsible for the first successful use of a drilling rig for a commercial well. Drilled especially for oil. Named the Drake well, and drilled to a whopping depth of 69 feet, […]

It’s All Relative: Banks, Funds Upbeat on Downtrodden US Economy

The hardest class I ever took in college was Physics, and it wasn’t even close. While some concepts were fairly straightforward – Newton’s Laws, for example – the mathematics underpinning them was anything but. Moreover, the successful communication of both concepts and mathematics often proved beyond the ability of mortal human professors. […]

Eruption: Markets Explode Higher Despite Hurricane, Debates, COVID, Unemployment

From the moment I first tuned into MTV as a child in the early 1980’s, I was hooked for life. There was something about bringing a visual dimension into the music I loved that made it all the more memorable. But even with all the amazing records put out during that period […]

No Deal: Trump Nixes Stimulus Talks, Jeopardizing US Recovery

Keeping up with economic data these days is like drinking from a fire hose… it comes at you incredibly fast. And while I spent a lot of time today writing up this morning’s release of the US Balance of Trade data, its relevance as a headline was rendered useless at 2:48 PM […]

Second Wave of COVID-19 Slowing Global Recovery… The US is Next

Back on June 30th, I posted an article here about using alternative data to predict future outbreaks of COVID-19, suggesting that Google searches for “loss of smell” or “anosmia” predate a spike in cases by a few weeks. While at the time Europe was faring relatively well at beating back coronavirus outbreaks compared […]

Critical Lessons From Mining Royalty – Tom Kaplan and Ross Beaty

“If you could be cryogenically frozen for the next year, you’ll make a killing”-Tom Kaplan Gold and silver are correcting from their recent highs. If you’re new to the party, you’re probably worried. Financings that were hot and oversubscribed just 2 weeks ago are now underwater. Liquidity will become a […]

SPAC ATTACK: What Happens When Hot IPO’s and Financings Hit the Market in Tech and Gold

Initial Public Offering’s (or IPO for short) are riding high right now. You might’ve heard about the Snowflake IPO making headlines. It’s a company with a special type of deal structure that most investors might not have heard of before. And leading the charge and fury in the IPO markets […]

Snowflake’s IPO Will Make 1.5 Trillion… Rows of Data Easy To Analyze

In case you haven’t been able to tell by my writing these last few months, my entire workflow centers around data of all kinds. In the age of COVID, however, it hasn’t been enough for analysts to rely on traditional sources, as most of which aren’t updated very frequently. Instead, it has been crucial to find alternative […]