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Above Avalon Podcast Episode 170: Pulling Away From the Competition

In episode 170, Neil examines how Apple is pulling away from the competition to a degree that we haven’t ever seen before. Given how we are just now entering the wearables era, implications of this shift will be measured in the coming decades, not years. Additional topics include WWDC 2020, Apple’s revised product strategy, the competitive landscape,...

Apple Is Pulling Away From the Competition

For the second year in a row, Apple held a developers conference that should frighten its competitors. Relying on a nearly maniacal obsession with the user experience, Apple is removing oxygen from every market that it plays in. At the same time, the tech landscape is riddled with increasingly bad bets, indifference, and a lack of vision. Apple is pulling...

Above Avalon Podcast Episode 169: The Business of Predicting Turns

Financial market commentators have been stumped by the stock market’s resiliency during the pandemic. Maybe they shouldn't be so surprised. In episode 169, Neil examines the question of whether or not Wall Street tried to predict the pandemic’s turn without actually knowing what such a turn would look like. Additional topics include two truths when...

Predicting Turns on Wall Street

Wall Street got the pandemic right. Or did it? For the past two months, financial market commentators have been stumped by the stock market’s resiliency. The common refrain has been that the market is too optimistic given what seems to be crisis after crisis. With a pandemic still ongoing, Apple and a growing list of companies are trading at all-time...

Above Avalon Podcast Episode 168: The Paid Membership Model

This past week marked the fifth anniversary of Neil launching Above Avalon membership. Above Avalon continues to thrive with a sustainable business model based solely on paid memberships. In episode 168, Neil gives a behind-the-scenes look at Above Avalon’s business model. Additional topics include: Above Avalon’s history, Neil’s “secrets” to success,...

Above Avalon Membership Turns Five Years Old

Above Avalon membership was launched five years ago this week. I am happy to report Above Avalon continues to thrive with a sustainable business model based solely on paid memberships.Those who became Above Avalon members on May 13th, 2015 will enter their sixth year of membership tomorrow. A big thank you goes out to these early adopters who have played...

Above Avalon Podcast Episode 167: A Stock Buyback Poster Child

Share buyback is one of a handful of tools that boards and management teams have to properly manage balance sheets. However, economic fallout related to the pandemic has led to a new round of criticism aimed at buyback. In episode 167, Neil discusses how Apple has become the poster child of responsible share repurchases. Additional topics include: Apple’s...

Apple's $460 Billion Stock Buyback

Share buybacks have once again come under fire. Some companies that were recent buyers of their shares now find themselves in financial distress and seeking bailouts due to economic fallout from the pandemic. Set within this environment and backlash, Apple is scheduled to provide an update next week on its capital return program, including its share...

Above Avalon Podcast Episode 166: Uncharted Territory

Apple and its peers find themselves in the most difficult operating environment they have ever faced. In episode 166, Neil discusses Apple’s strategy for navigating the coronavirus pandemic. Additional topics include the various challenges Apple is currently facing, Apple’s toolmaking mission, how society doesn’t stop during a pandemic, and why strong...

Moving Forward in a Pandemic

More has happened in the past month from a global economic and health perspective than in the past ten years. We are in uncharted territory as 200 million people in 21 U.S. states find themselves facing “stay at home” directives while a growing list of countries including Italy, Spain, France, Australia, the U.K., and India are in complete lockdowns....

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