The cult of Cathie Wood, plus SPAC-picking tips from a former CEO

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Hello and welcome to Insider Investing. I’m Joe Ciolli, and I’m here to guide you through what’s been happening in markets, as well as what to expect in the coming weeks. Here’s what’s on the docket:

We profiled Cathie Wood and dug into how she won the funds (and hearts) of both memelord traders and boomer investors.
An exploration of what to look for in SPAC investments, straight from former Barings CEO Tom Finke, who’s recently gotten in on the craze.
We compiled 4 crucial real-estate investing tips and 11 stock recommendations from Jeff Kolitch, who’s returned 446% to clients over the past decade.

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Your weekly recap/outlook
The CEO of Robinhood, a hedge fund manager who lost 53% in January, a day-trader who made $48 million on GameStop, and Ken Griffin walk into a bar…
No, this is not the beginning of a bad finance joke. It’s the actual collection of individuals grilled by Congress on Thursday in a high-profile display of political theater the stock market has rarely experienced before.
Gabe Plotkin — the famed hedge funder who took home $846 million in 2020, then took a massive bath on his GameStop short last month — was asked with a straight face if he’s a registered broker. He was later asked if he thought short-selling constituted market manipulation, to which he replied “no” (presumably because it doesn’t). Nobody pronounced Vlad Tenev’s last name right for five straight hours. Keith Gill (known on YouTube as Roaring Kitty) was mostly ignored. It was nobody’s idea of a productive time.
But the sheer fact that the hearing happened at all shows that the Reddit-based day-trader community has everyone’s attention, and isn’t going anywhere. So what comes next? Despite his lack of air time on Thursday, Gill is still facing significant legal hurdles. Robinhood still has many questions to answer about its operations, its role in “inciting” reckless trading, and just how much money it has under management — not to mention that IPO it’s been planning. And only when first-quarter hedge filings start to trickle out will we get a full idea of who won and lost during the whole ordeal.
Outside of Reddit mania, the press for more stimulus continued. The timeline for Biden’s $1.9 trillion package is looking like mid-March now, and there’s still considerable haggling over what exactly will be included. On the economics front, debate is waging over inflation, and whether the sudden fiscal injection will cause prices to overheat. If that happens, it could mean bad news for the Reddit traders riding high on momentum stocks right now — and perhaps an opportunity for a short-seller redemption.

The cult of Cathie Wood

Cathie Wood, the founder of ARK Invest, has amassed legions of obsessed followers. Wood has become a favorite of the Wall Street Bets crowd, and successfully kept control of her firm. Now, with assets accumulating and new funds coming out, the question is: can she sustain her success?
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Cathie Wood made a career betting on the future. Insiders reveal how the ARK Invest founder won the funds (and hearts) of memelord traders and boomer investors alike.

Picking SPACs with the former CEO of Barings

Tom Finke is the former CEO of the $345 billion asset manager Barings and a board member of Invesco. He and his partner recently raised $115 million via their SPAC Adara Acquisition Corp. (ADRA). Finke breaks down why he is jumping on the SPAC bandwagon and shares what to look for in SPACs.
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Tom Finke recounts how he went from running a $345 billion money manager to joining in the SPAC boom as a sponsor — and shares 3 characteristics investors should look for in an ideal blank-check company

4 real-estate investing trends from a manager who’s returned 446% to clients over the past decade

Jeff Kolitch has returned 446% to investors via the $1.1 billion Baron Real Estate Fund since 2009. The 29-year veteran investor breaks down the four trends driving the real-estate market in 2021. He also shares 11 “attractively valued” real-estate stocks and their upside potential.
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A 29-year real-estate veteran who’s returned 446% to investors in the past decade breaks down the 4 trends driving the sector in 2021 — and shares 11 ‘attractively valued’ stocks

Stock pick central
Seeking experts who are willing to name names? Look no further:

GOLDMAN SACHS: These 40 heavily shorted stocks could be the next GameStop if retail traders target them — and the group has already nearly doubled over the past 3 months
Morgan Stanley says buy these 17 EV and green stocks which are shrugging off any ‘bubble’ concerns — including one that could rally almost 60%
Jefferies names 14 stocks to buy as small companies stage a dot-com-like rally — and says they’ll outperform by even more when the rest of the market goes south
A fund manager overseeing over $1.2 billion shares the 9 mid-cap stocks that are best placed to outperform in the economic recovery
Bank of America unveils the 5 stocks set to soar by at least 20% when they’re included in ESG indices, as ETFs super-charge the sector
Goldman Sachs says buy these 21 stocks right now before they get a massive boost from further fiscal stimulus
Morgan Stanley’s quant team unveils the top 13 stocks to own in an ideal risk environment for active managers
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