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Undervalued Stocks Advisor
Wealth Building Opportunites for the Active Value Investor
Thank you for subscribing to the Cabot Undervalued Stocks Advisor. We hope you enjoy reading the January 2023 issue.

Our letter describes our view that 2022 was a bridge year and that we may need some or all of 2023 to complete the bridge-crossing. We also provide our outlook for the stock market, the economy and the geopolitical environment, with some caveats about forecasting and model use provided by Yogi Berra and George Box.

All-in, we see 2023 as a year with many changes but also a year in which consumers, companies and countries – amazing sources of ingenuity and resolve – work their magic to adapt to whatever curve balls are thrown at them. Our optimism is undaunted.

We also have moved our rating for Arcos Dorados (ARCO) from Hold to Sell.

Please feel free to send me your questions and comments. This newsletter is written for you and the best way to get more out of the letter is to let me know what you are looking for.
One of the immutable laws of technology investing is that all tech stocks go through the Hype Cycle. Well over a century ago, leading-edge tech stars like railroads went through their boom-and-bust phases. The 20th century included the notable enthusiasm-and-disillusionment in radio, television, automobiles, copy machine and IBM (its own industry for years) stocks, ending with the exceptional dot-com bubble.

Highly regarded technology research and consulting firm Gartner plots this hype arc in their chart, below. While the rise and fall, and time length, are different for each stock and industry, the chart effectively captures the changes in investor mindset through the cycle. Changes in the investor mindset invariably drive changes in tech stock prices.

Today we are raising our price target on Arcos Dorados (ARCO) from 7.50 to 8.50. The company is recovering from the pandemic and looks well-positioned to expand its franchise and profits while continuing to improve its balance sheet. The shares remain undervalued.
I want to point out a problem that I foresee, potentially on the scale of the technology bubble in 2001 and the housing bubble in 2007. I think we’re going to have an “inverse ETF bubble.”
I was talking with an investor recently about the latest stock market downturn. He was puzzled; if General Motors (GM) is supposedly such a great stock and vastly favored among portfolio managers, why would it fall 30% during a market correction?
My stock-picking strategy has been refined over the course of 28 years, and has been quite stable for the last six years. My investment goals are (1) minimize stock market risk, (2) achieve capital gains, with dividends as a welcome addition to total return and (3) outperform the U.S. stock markets.
If professional investment companies are not making their decisions based on the price of the stock, neither should you.