Aug 12, 2023
Happy Saturday! Here are the top questions from Ask Titan Anything this week. As always, reach out to us if you have any questions.
Q: Why do Titan portfolios hold >10% cash that is not smart cash?
Smart Cash and the cash you are referring to within portfolios, strategic cash, have different purposes and mechanics. Given increased volatility in the markets over the past year plus, we have elected to hold a percent of our investment strategies in cash to have available as "dry powder" for clients as new opportunities arise. From an operational standpoint, Smart Cash operates on a T+2 trading cycle, which is not optimal for quick, tactical deployment. As a result, strategic cash remains separate, and while not invested in Treasuries, earns 3.2% APY through our program banks. Rest assured, our primary objective is to remain fully invested and capture growth opportunities while continuing to manage risk.
Q: What's driving the rise in coal-related stocks?
European natural gas prices surged above €40 today due to concerns about possible worker strikes in Australia, leading to a 40% increase in benchmark futures. The increase in prices has led to concerns about global supply disruption, which could lead to a situation where power companies switch from using more expensive natural gas to cheaper coal for electricity. This change is known as "gas to coal switching." Since natural gas is now more costly, there's a higher chance that this switch might happen, potentially leading to greater demand for coal within the energy sector. Consequently, Peabody Energy (BTU) and Consol Energy (CEIX), energy holdings in Offshore and Opportunities, are up 7% and 5% today, respectively, capitalizing on the supply and demand dynamic.
Q: Why is Twilio stock down from all-time highs?
Twilio has been a casualty of the rotation out of high growth tech towards profitable businesses as a result of rising rates. Companies like Twilio have been forced to 'get fit' and improve efficiencies as investors have been quick to sell in favor of better risk adjusted return profiles. Although the company reported impressive first quarter results in May, the broader enterprise spend for marketing efforts that Twilio provides has slowed as a result of the market downturn which has contributed to the lackluster performance as of late. Having owned this in the past, this is another company we have been digging back into to better understand whether it has been fairly valued or unfairly punished.
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