Insights: Betting against the favourite

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May 1st, 2021

The Kentucky Derby 11th horse race will be run today and according to Jordi Visser, president and chief investment officer of Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers, Essential Quality is the favourite. However, as Visser explains in our INK Ultra Money video of the week, betting on the favourite is not always your best shot to make money.

Instead, he prefers to assess the odds in making his picks, both when it comes to horses and investing. It is a relevant concept to keep in mind when trying to place bets in this new era of fiscal and monetary policy overshooting. We agree with Visser that investors are likely under-estimating the full force of fiscal spending, the move to green energy and the Fed's pledge to not raise rates for a couple of years.

Rosenberg: no happy talk on the US economy

While Visser is bullish on US stocks and economy, David Rosenberg is back taking the opposite view. Gary Schilling also returns with a bullish take on bonds. Neither Rosenberg nor Schilling appear to be betting on it being different this time.

Something is different in the financial sector and that would be decentralized finance (DeFi). Stablecoins are the foundation of DeFi. Given the US dollar's role as the world's reserve currency, it is not surprising to see most stablecoins denominated in US dollars. For a Canadian DeFi eco-system to grow, we need a Canadian stablecoin. That is exactly what VersaBank (VB) plans to soon offer investors with its VCAD coin. We explain why we are excited about this development in our April 30th morning report which is available on INK Ultra Money Free. To download the full report, just click on the paperclip in the video player window.

VCAD: the world's first deposit-backed stablecoin

VersaBank appears to be launching the world's first deposit-backed stablecoin issued by a regulated bank. Given that we expect VCAD to be launched on Ethereum, it opens the door for widespread adoption. Meanwhile, Canadian investors seem to be under-appreciating what the launch of VCAD would mean.

VersaBank is our #2 ranked Crypto-equity

While Ethereum is the largest blockchain after Bitcoin, there are plenty of competing networks. Solana has recently gained attention thanks to its fast transaction speeds. The Coin Bureau provides an update today on what is driving the Solana token price higher. We will also be keeping an eye Blockchain Foundry (BCFN) which is a core developer of the Syscoin platform which released an upgrade Friday.

Finally, John Kaiser provides an update on developments in the Rare Earth Elements (REE) market in his latest Discovery Watch episode. Kaiser also discusses a Saskatchewan junior that has REE potential. He ends off providing some background on why drilling programs are taking so long in Nevada.

Disclosure: One or more INK employees holds VersaBank and Blockchain Foundry.

Top 3 Gainers Last Week

Company NameStock Symbol1 Week %
Tourmaline OilTOU10.0
TFI InternationalTFII8.9

Top 3 Losers Last Week

Company NameStock Symbol1 Week %
Martinrea InternationalMRE-5.4

Returns are as of the last trading day of the previous week.

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