The story behind the interview:
Government Policy has played a huge role in 2018 including tax reform, regulation reform, and trade wars.
Chris and Brian talk about how to make sense of it all and where to find opportunities.
For those who prefer to read, my full interview notes are copied below.
There are dramatically positive public policy changes that Chris has been researching and investing in recently. Tax reform has been very positive for equities and M&A. For example, the worth of companies has become more transparent. High corporate tax and lack of clarity on rates it makes it hard to know how to value things
Regulatory reform in banks and thrifts have been really positive. Compliance laws for small banks were deeply constraining and repealing these along with tax cuts have been great.
Chris offers the administration high marks on tax and regulation, low marks on trade tactics.
Chris' views on trade:
From an economics perspective, one should focus on the comparative advantage as opposed to nationalistic concerns.
The question to answer is: Are you producing goods that you are best at producing and partnering with others where you don’t?
Typically, the more trade the better. In trade, you get something for what you spend, something of greater value than you pay. Trade is good and makes people richer.
China is the world’s most important trade relationship and we are poorly positioned to have an adversarial relationship.
Chinese have been relatively sophisticated in targeting American goods and services that impact the Trump administration
We hope the Chinese leadership does not take the US leadership too seriously
Chinese are focused on the long-term. China does not want to be dependent on any exports in the future. We are fighting over the short term, whereas they have different long-term goals
How is Chris viewing this going forward?
Watching Chinese regulatory decisions w potential impact on his investments
Appears China is still very open for business, seem more free enterprise than the US
ZTE (OTCPK:ZTCOF) has been hugely discounted due to trade concerns
Qualcomm (QCOM) purchase of NXP is of interest, the walk date on the deal is 7/25
He expects lots of drama and big discounts as the markets are responding poorly to trade talks.
What is Chris excited about?
NXP (NXPI) is high on the list, there is a $20 spread on the price vs the current offer. It is worth the current market price even if the deal falls and there could be other deals in the future.
There will be a ton of consolidation in media and telecom and banks and thrifts.
BNCCorp (OTCQX:BNCC) has been on the back burner for a number of years. The vast majority of shareholders want it to sell. There has been a hiccup with a board member opposed to a sale.
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