Have you noticed? Have you noticed that while many of the preferred shares and baby bonds have moved sharply higher there are always laggards–some that seeming do not move higher regardless of interest rates. Someone asked about why Greenbrick Partners 5.75% perpetual (GRBK-A) was moving sharply higher–was there news? There was not news that I could find, but a writer on SA wrote an article on this security on 1/16/2024. Really that is all it takes to start ignition of a rise in share price. 1) Locate an undervalued security 2) write an article 3) wait for article traction 4) watch shares levitate. This is pretty normal – the share price was going to rise sooner or later with a 8% yield – it was just a matter to time and the article just boosted it quicker.
Another good example of this was the article “My Fixation with Bridgewater Bancorporation Preferred Stock” I wrote on 11/20. I ended the article with this sentence–Note that I am ‘talking my book’–this is not a recommendation, but at 9.55% current yield the risk/reward seems good – I would think a 10-20% capital gain is attainable in the next 3 months or so (plus dividends). The day I published that article was the bottom–down around $15.40–now trading at $19.81. It only takes some reasoned arguments to launch an undervalued issue higher.
As I noted yesterday I nibbled a little of the Sirius Point 8% Resettable preferred (SPNT-A) last Friday–this one has one more nibble left in it (for a full position). I expect this security to remain ‘pinned to par’ (well it isn’t really par–more like liquidation preference) for the next 2 years. While the issue is perpetual – with a reset that is likely to be over 10% the issue will be redeemed in 2026. I had a order entered for a nibble of Brighthouse Financial 6.6% preferred (BHFPA)–no execution–may try again today.
Well the 10 year treasury is trading at 4.06% this morning after the treasury announced they would need to borrow $25 billion less in the quarter than previously anticipated. Actually kind of a joke–$25 billion is not a meaning amount in the big scheme of the federal budget–just lots of money out there chasing investments–but in the last number of months ‘all news is good news’ and again our accounts hit record highs yesterday. There will be a day of when we get slammed–in the meantime enjoy the ride since we have no ability to predict the day of reckoning.