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(P&I) $2,283 per hour

April 3, 2016
$2283 per hour

Figure 1: $2, 283 per hour or a jet airplane

Drama. Your “pension plan” is costing you (yes, you) $2,283 per hour, or some multiple of that (please see Figure 1 on the right), because for the last fifty years or so since the advent of “volatility” in the 1950s as investment risk, your pension plan has been fighting it – and they lost.

The more fabled investors only invest in arbitrage, and they usually fail if they try something in the equity markets for one reason or another, but for nearly all pension plans – including yours – there aren’t any 5% or 10% government bonds at home anymore, and their infrastructure investments in Brazil, Turkey, and India, and so forth, anticipate that these poor folks will pay your pension in twenty years if the dams don’t break, and the bridges don’t fall down, and the roads and buildings don’t rot before then.

The reality is that all we have for the investment of our multiple hundreds of millions, and even billions, of our pension savings are the equity markets, or possibly more grandly, the capital markets to include corporate and government bonds, and some alternatives as above.

But they’re all markets and using the equity markets wisely, rather than just shrugging our shoulders and expecting some kind of “mean reversion” if we wait long enough, makes the difference between a burgeoning and prosperous economy at home and a failing one, and between investment returns that are routinely in the double-digits and not just in the minor single digits of 4% or 6% or 8% or, in their wildest “dreams”, 12% next year!

Of course, we don’t mean to mock them, but we do need to raise the bar (or starve) and the equity markets are worth 20% to 30% a year – as a business – that they’re not getting and we need to invest in them rather than against them – that is, we want 100% capital safety guaranteed and we want a hopeful but not necessarily guaranteed return above the rate of inflation. And that’s all that we want.

Volatility is not an Investment Risk

If you’re bored already, we can’t help you and we’ll see you in the market tomorrow. But have you never wondered what the cause was for the extraordinary opulence of a few, and far from the many, in centuries past in conditions much more trying than our own?

Global Risk

Figure 2: This is an investment risk

The key concept here is that it’s the equity market itself that provides returns that are in excess of the dividend rates and, oftentimes, in excess of the return on the shareholders equity of the companies themselves.

Try to imagine the return that you could get on your cash – can you get 20% on your cash and not be arrested?

For example, the Dow Jones Transportation Companies returned 33% on the shareholders equity (the net worth which is like our cash and what we own net of debt) last year – and nobody is talking about it (or wanting to arrest them); and they paid $8.3 billion in dividends to their shareholders for a current dividend yield of 1.8% but that was only 20% of their earnings – they kept the other 80% in order to buy more airplanes, trains, and trucks, and for the rainy days.

Plus 220

Figure 3: The (B)-class Portfolio

But as investors in the stock market for these companies, we earned another +16% from our arm chair last year (it was a bad year) and an average of about +30% per year in the last five years; in other words, we earned +220% in these companies, in that market, in less than five years, and we tripled our money; please see Exhibit 1 and 2 below for how that is done (and click on them to make them larger as required) because it’s not a one-off – we can do it every year in the the World Trade Portfolio and it’s worth $2,283 per hour to your pension plan.

By the way, CSX Corporation, Kirby Corporation, and the Matson Corporation are all on sale today at 2012 prices, and if we really want to make a splash in global shipping in the US and Pacific, we can buy them all for about $30 billion and expect steady earnings of about $2.3 billion a year and a steady return on the shareholders equity of about 16% every year; please see Exhibit 3 below.

Exhibit 1: (B)(N) Dow Jones Transportation Companies – Fundamentals and Cash Flow Summary

(B)(N) Dow Jones Transportation Companies - 2238 per year


Exhibit 2: A Stock Chart, a Ruler, and a Good Eye

TGX ALK Alaska Air Group Incorporated

Figure 2.1: ALK Alaska Air Group Incorporated (B+)

TGX CHRW CH Robinson Worldwide Incorporated

Figure 2.2: CHRW CH Robinson Worldwide Incorporated (B+)

TGX DAL Delta Air Lines Incorporated

Figure 2.3: DAL Delta Air Lines Incorporated (B+)

TGX EXPD Expeditors International

Figure 2.4: EXPD Expeditors International (B+)

TGX FDX Fed Ex Corporation

Figure 2.5: FDX FedEx Corporation (B+)

TGX GMT GATX Corporation

Figure 2.6: GMT GATX Corporation (B+)

TGX JBHT JB Hunt Transport Services Incorporated

Figure 2.7: JBHT JB Hunt Transport Services (B+)

TGX KSU Kansas City Southern

Figure 2.8: KSU Kansas City Southern Corporation (B+)

TGX LSTR Landstar System Incorporated

Figure 2.9: LSTR Landstar System Incorporated (B+)

TGX LUV Southwest Airlines Company

Figure 2.10: LUV Southwest Airlines Company (B+)

TGX NSC Norfolk Southern Corporation

Figure 2.11: NSC Norfolk Southern Corporation (B+)

TGX R Ryder System Incorporated

Figure 2.12: R Ryder System Incorporated (B+)

TGX UAL United Continental Holdings

Figure 2.13: UAL United Continental Holdings (B+)

TGX UNP Union Pacific Corporation

Figure 2.14: UNP Union Pacific Corporation (B+)

TGX UPS United Parcel Services Incorporated

Figure 2.15: UPS United Parcel Services Incorporated (B+)

TGX XPO XPO Logistics Incorporated

Figure 2.16: XPO XPO Logistics Incorporated (B+)

TGX ALEX Alexander & Baldwin Incorporated

Figure 2.17: ALEX Alexander & Baldwin Incorporated (B-)

TGX CSX CSX Corporation

Figure 2.18: CSX CSX Corporation (B-)

TGX JBLU JetBlue Airways Corporation

Figure 2.19: JBLU JetBlue Airways Corporation (B-)

TGX KEX Kirby Corporation

Figure 2.20: KEX Kirby Corporation (N)

TGX MATX Matson Incorporated

Figure 2.21: MATX Matson Corporation (N)

Exhibit 3: The RiskWerk Company “King Shipping”

(B)(N) The RiskWerk Company King Shipping - Risk Price Chart

For more information and examples of the Free Market Yield and the terms that we have used above, please see our Posts “(P&I) The Dismal Equation (Ecclesiastes 9:1)” and “(B)(N) S&P 100 Volatility Risk and The Full Moon” and “(B)(N) NASDAQ 100 Volatility and The Stone Bunnies“ and for an introduction to The Barometer “(B)(N) What’s A Girl To Do” or “(P&I) The Swiss Franc Debacle“.

And for more information on real “risk management” in modern times and additional references to the theory and how to read the charts and tables, please see our Post, The RiskWerk Company Glossary and “(P&I) Dividend Risk and Dividend Yield“, and our recent Posts “(P&I) The Profit Box” and “(P&I) The Process – In The Beginning“; and we’ve also profiled hundreds of companies in these Posts and the Search Box (upper right) might help you to find what you’re looking for, such as “(B)(N) TLM Talisman Energy Incorporated” or “(B)(N) ATHN AthenaHealth Incorporated” or “(B)(N) PETM PetSmart Incorporated“, to name just a few.

And for more applications of these concepts please see our Posts which rely on the Theory of the Firm developed by the author (Goetze 2006) which calibrates The Process to the units of the balance sheet and demonstrates the price of risk as the solution to a Nash Equilibrium between “risk-seeking” and “risk-averse” investors within the demonstrated societal norms of risk aversion and bargaining practice. And for more on The Process, please see our Posts The Food Chain and The Process End-Of-Process.

And for more on what risk averse investing has done for us this year, please see our recent Posts on “(P&I) The Easy (EC) Theory of the Capital Markets” or “(B)(N) The Easy (EC) Theory of the S&P 500“, and the past, The S&P TSX “Hangdog” Market or The Wall Street Put or specialty markets such as The Dow Transports & Utilities or (B)(N) The Woods Are Burning, or for the real class actionLa Dolce Vita – Let’s Do Prada! and It’s For You, Dear on the smartphone business.

And for more stocks at high prices, The World’s Most Talked About Stocks or Earnings Don’t Matter – NASDAQ 100. And for more on what’s Working in AmericaBig OilShopping in America or Banking in America, to name just a few.


We are The RiskWerk Company and care not a jot for mutual funds, hedge funds, “alternative investments”, the “risk/reward equation” and every other unprovable artifact of investment lore. We have just one product

The Perpetual Bond
Alpha-smart with 100% Capital Safety and 100% Liquidity
With No Fees and No Loads on Capital

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