Manages Parisian Family Office. Began Wall Street, 82. Founded investment firm, Native American Advisors. Member, White Earth Chippewa Tribe. Was NYSE/FINRA arb. Conservative. Raised on Native reservations. Pureblood, clot-shot free. In a world elevated on a tech-driven dopamine binge, he trades from Ghost Ranch on the Yellowstone River in MT, his TN farm, Pamelot or CASA TULE', his winter camp in Los Cabos, Mexico. Always been, and will always be, an optimist.

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

HYB New America High Income Fund

In 2023 is Patsy Ostrander still lurking around in her high yield playground or is that her on a museum investment committee these days? Never forget, Mike Milken, a once felon now pardoned by Trump, is worth probably $4 billion after getting his trading desk caught spinning bonds with the HYB crew back in the 80's. Looks like HYB President Ellen Terry is still involved, taking out about $300,000 every year, working it diligently for a career in several roles at HYB since inception! Wow, imagine a lifetime of putting the hammer down on shareholders! Hopefully her net worth isn't down that much but she only owns less than 35k shares. Former HYB Board member the late Franko Modigliani had it right. He didn't know a thing about the workings of the high yield market but did know a bit about economics. Unfortunately he learned about daisy-chains, warrants, and leverage rather quickly! The Harvard Business School Case Study did a good job laying out the truth on Patricia Ostrander at HYB. Franko was a good guy and well ahead of his time. The Modigliani-Miller theorem implies that, for a closed economy, state borrowing is merely deferred taxation, since state spending can be financed only by "printing money", taxation, or borrowing, and therefore monetary financing of state spending implies the subsequent imposition of a so-called "inflation tax," which ostensibly has the same effect on permanent income as explicit taxation.

On HYB, truth be told, my stance hasn't changed in 25 years! This fund is run for the benefit of those involved! Look at the performance since inception! It came public at $50 a share!! NAV is only down about 85%! Shares trade well under $7. Run by the insiders for the benefit of the insiders I say! They have to be careful to keep it alive so they can keep milking it, T. Rowe needs all the revenue it can muster. Putting lipstick on this security and keeping it alive must take a hell of a lot of work. Good luck if you own HYB.

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