What caught my eye this week.
You know the big things you grapple with as a kid – where does space end, what happened to your hamster when he went to sleep and never woke up, and why would anyone ever kiss anyone ever EVER yuck?
Well I find the graph below from asset manager GMO  similarly perplexing.
GMO has charted the valuation of energy and mining stocks compared to the S&P 500. The graphic shows that the relative valuation of such stocks is at an historic low:
Before you do: a moment.
GMO puts forward resource equities as a value opportunity and inflation hedge, but of course there are two ways for such extreme divergences to be corrected.
And watching your diehard gold/oil/mining bug mate getting rich when such shares soar is by far the least painful.
Because this is a comparative chart, and the other way for the ratio to return towards its average is for the wider S&P 500 to plunge in price.
Which today mostly means a tech crash.
Yet technology shares are expensive for a reason. We’re living in a 90% economy world where millions of our fellow citizens are afraid to even leave their homes. Each day tech wins more long-term mind-share and revenues at a rate not seen in the previous 100 years.
Or maybe not – not sustainably, anyway?
Ponder, ponder, ponder.
Have a great weekend!
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UK economy continued to recover in July – BBC 
House prices soar to record highs, despite Covid-19 – Guardian 
Pension freedoms age to rise to 57: how could it impact you? Which 
Record gold prices create insurance headaches for vault keepers – MSN 
Silicon Valley’s new stock exchange is open for business – Protocol 
Government bond yields have already given us so much – GMO 
Products and services
Post Office and AA credit card accounts transferred to Norwegian company – Guardian 
Starling Bank implements negative rates for high balance Euro accounts – ThisIsMoney 
Tandem and Asda cashback credit cards close: what are the alternatives? – Which 
Sign-up to Freetrade via my link and we can both get a free share worth between £3 and £200 – Freetrade 
New rules introduced for shared ownership schemes – ThisIsMoney 
Roboadvisers make slow progress gaining ground with investors [Search result] – FT 
1,200-year old Anglo-Saxon coin could sell for £80,000 – ThisIsMoney 
Homes for sale with an orchard [Gallery] – Guardian 
Comment and opinion
Save like a pessimist, invest like an optimist – Morgan Housel 
Do you really need to buy a property right now? [Search result] – FT 
Business – Indeedably 
Is China the closest thing to investing normality right now? [Search result] – FT 
An endless responsibility – The Reformed Broker 
Terry Smith can’t market time. You think you can? – Evidence-based Investor 
#1 money lessons from Morningstar’s long-time staffers – Morningstar 
Upside-down markets: profits, inflation, and equity valuation in fiscal policy regimes [Nerdy] – OSAM 
Naughty corner: Active antics
Watch out for wide divergences between growth and value – Verdad 
China investment trusts come of age – IT Investor 
How Reddit’s option traders started a snowball that pushed tech stocks higher – Bloomberg via MSN 
More: The option-fueled crowded trade in large cap tech – The Aleph blog 
Selling Xaar: Why heavy R&D and high cyclicality are not a good mix – UK Value Investor 
Now Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is buying a tech IPO – MarketWatch 
Hedge funds are feeling bullish… about themselves – Institutional Investor 
Politics and the pandemic
UK’s new lockdown limits could knock V-shaped recovery for six – ThisIsMoney 
Sweden claims ‘vindication’ over anti-lockdown policy as Covid cases hit new low – The Week 
More: Anders Tegnell and the Swedish Covid experiment [Free read] – FT 
They never officially had Covid. Months later they’re living in hell – Wired 
Could wearing a mask help foster low-dose Covid-19 immunity? – PopSci 
What’s changed? – Barry Ritholz 
Brexit: EU ultimatum to UK over withdrawal deal changes – BBC 
UK [at last] signs its first major post-Brexit trade deal, with Japan – BBC 
Kindle book bargains
How Innovation Works by Matt Ridley – £1.99 on Kindle 
The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory by Stephanie Kelton – £0.99 on Kindle 
How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis – £0.99 on Kindle 
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Off our beat
The WEIRDest people in the world – The Atlantic 
New Zealand’s ‘brain gain’ boost – BBC 
UK mathematician wins richest prize in academia – Guardian 
Life after 2020: finding the track – Haystack 
Why we all need philosophy [Very long] – Mark Manson 
The little cards that tell US police to go easy on the bearer [Couple of weeks old; unbelievable] – Vice 
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– Morgan Housel, The Psychology of Money 
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