Author Archives: Doug Stebbins, CFA

Kevin Plank, the founder of Under Armour, was born in 1972.  That means that he was 16 when Michael Jordan won his first NBA Most Valuable Player award.  As Jordan became a basketball-deity, perhaps Plank noticed, as many fans did, Jordan’s Nike sneakers.  Perhaps that is one reason why as Plank grew Under Armour he […]

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With encouraging COVID-19 vaccine approvals tantalizingly close, a milestone or a turning-of-the-corner moment feels near. Such moments are often a good time to look back, and to also peer forward. As we do that in the context of the consumer economy, interestingly, a key theme in both the post-mortem of the last nine months and […]

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This nation is on the verge of a meaningful leadership transition.  Given the craziness of 2020, you can’t help but to think about what the future will look like and who will be guiding us through these tumultuous times.  These thoughts are not being driven by the upcoming presidential race, but a different transition that […]

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Think back to this past New Year’s Eve and all the hopes we had for the upcoming year.  Even the most jaded of us wouldn’t have predicted what the next few months had in store for us.  Is it possible that 2020 is only five months old?  We are unquestionably living through a historic time.  […]

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It has been an unsettling couple of weeks as fears about the coronavirus has spread worldwide.  On January 30, the Director-General of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of COVID-19 (the virus’s official name) to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and issued a set of temporary recommendations. And while the WHO […]

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