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Kelly Park Capital

Beyond the Magnificent 7: Unraveling the S&P 500's Influence Imbalance And the Dangers it May Be Hiding

According to data from Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices, the top 7 companies were responsible for 75% of the S&P 500's gains in 2023.  The "S&P7" valuations are beginning to look similar to the Nifty Fifty and the tech bubble in March 2000. There are signs of a bubble nestled within an index that in aggregate shows no cause for alarm.

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Private Lending Goes Public

As banks pivot away from certain lending practices, private funds emerge as nimble contenders, capitalizing on flexibility and tailored risk management strategies.


  • Private lending can be a compelling investment avenue, especially with the rise of lending funds offering a unique opportunity to diversify your portfolio.
  • Lending funds frequently focus on specialized markets or particular loan types, enabling them to specialize and cultivate expertise in those specific areas.
  • The low-correlation to public markets can be a game-changer for astute investors seeking to manage risks and attain a well-rounded portfolio.

Understanding Private Lending

A private lending fund is essentially a pooled investment vehicle that focuses on providing loans to individuals, businesses, or other entities in the private sector. These funds are typically managed by professional investment managers or firms with expertise in assessing credit risk and managing lending portfolios. As importantly, the professional managers of such funds have built a network for sourcing the types of loans in which they invest/lend. Additionally, the relationships built in private lending can lead to enhanced returns. A lending fund's ability to foster close ties with borrowers and carefully assess their creditworthiness can result in better risk management and higher returns for investors. This personalized approach contrasts sharply with the more transactional nature of traditional banking.

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Bank Consolidation Within the U.S.

Bank consolidation in the United States shows no signs of slowing down; in fact, it is expected to gain momentum. This surge in consolidation is driven by various market factors that are shaping the banking landscape.


  • The U.S. is estimated to have has many domestic banks as the rest of the world combined.
  • Bank consolidation is poised to maintain its momentum and even gain speed in the future.
  • We believe the optimal way to exploit these community and regional banking trends is through an event driven, long/short investment strategy focused on the community and regional banking sectors.
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