Credit card companies and BNPL companies are already beating inflation
What's the average interest rate for a credit card or a "buy now, pay later" loan?

For credit cards, it's 18%. For "buy now, pay later" loans, it's 23%.

Inflation is currently above 8%. Many companies' profit margins are below 8%. But for $V $MA $AXP $DFS $AFRM $SQ $PYPL etc., they're already making a lot more on each loan. Many banks envy these fintech companies.

Mortgage rates are surging, but at the same time, their rates haven't been as high as what the credit card companies and BNPL loan providers charge.

As for the % of people that pay their credit card and BNPL balances in full every month, it varies. For credit cards, it looks like 1/3 of users pay their balances in full each month. For BNPL, that number looks to be a lot lower because the credit quality of those that use BNPL is lower too. In general, the majority of their customers accrue interest in those companies. It explains why those companies are highly successful today.
Upcoming Earnings Calendar (Jan 17-21th)
Hey guys! Here's next week's upcoming earnings calendar!

The most important thing I'm interested in is if there's a change of character relative to the past earnings season. Growth stocks got hammered last time. Hopefully this quarter the worst has been priced in and companies are evaluated on their actual results.

Some other things I'm interested in:
  • $PG - Are sales numbers still strong? Has supply chain inflation persisted?
  • $NFLX - Streaming trends over the past quarter. (I hold $ROKU and a bit of $FUBO)
  • $UAL and $AAL - Comments on the Omicron variant and corporate travel demand.
  • $PNC $BAC $KEY - Insights on the economy. December retail sales were down, so we'll see if banks also point to weak consumers.

What are you guys interested in?

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Featured earnings for the week of Oct 18
Earnings season (finally) getting into full gear!

So many interesting companies announcing earnings next week. Here are is the Fincredible Featured list. View all here.

Here are some I own / or particularly interested in

$JNJ - very interested to see results in the medical devices segment. Specifically are their signs of closing the gap with $ISRG with their new platform and are elective surgeries coming back

$ISRG - flip side of the $JNJ narrative. I love it when competitors announce close to each other :)

$NFLX - international subscriber numbers

$T - update on discovery spin-off, dividend and 5G capex

$XM - $MNTV is my top 3 holding based on thesis they are making inroads in enterprise market, which $XM dominates. Big enough market for both but want some context.

A few companies like $PG on inflation numbers, but I suspect @awallis will be kinda enough to provide a MacroTalk update on this topic again

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