Coronavirus Update 8/1/21

By Whitney Tilson

Sunday, August 1, 2021
As you can imagine, my last email generated a ton of responses (some shared below) – but, much to my surprise, they were overwhelmingly positive. I guess my admonition to not send me “hateful screeds” and instead simply unsubscribe worked… (Though I have to share this doozy (from someone whom I’ve removed from this list): […]

Coronavirus Update 7/31/21

By Whitney Tilson

Saturday, July 31, 2021
Normally I wait to compile a bunch of interesting articles, data and exchanges with my readers before I send out another email, but having just come back from a 48-hour, 54-mile backcountry trek on/near the famed John Muir Trail in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains (I posted some pictures on Facebook here), I’m exhausted and don’t know […]

Coronavirus Update 7/29/21

By Whitney Tilson

Thursday, July 29, 2021
1) My two e-mails last week calling on folks to vaccinated and slamming the people and organizations who are spreading misinformation led to a ton of comments, nearly all at the extremes. At one end were folks expressing appreciation. Kerry S. wrote: "I have put off taking the vaccine. I'm 71 and can mostly stay […]

Coronavirus Update 7/27/21

By Whitney Tilson

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
(Forgive me for not sending my usual multi-topic email with subscribe and unsubscribe links, extensive commentary, charts and graphics, etc., but I'm huddled in a tent on the shores of Iceberg Lake at the base of Mt. Whitney (see pics below), in the middle of a week-long backcountry climbing trip without my computer, so the […]

Coronavirus Update 7/24/21

By Whitney Tilson

Saturday, July 24, 2021
I hope this guy and the other cretins spreading deadly misinformation rot in hell... Excerpt: The Most Influential Spreader of Coronavirus Misinformation Online The article that appeared online on Feb. 9 began with a seemingly innocuous question about the legal definition of vaccines. Then over its next 3,400 words, it declared coronavirus vaccines were "a […]

Coronavirus Update 7/21/21

By Whitney Tilson

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
1) To see the extraordinary impact vaccines make (and what the trajectory for cases, hospitalizations, and deaths might look like here), look no further than the UK, which has been hit hard by the pandemic (deaths per million, at 1,888, is the same as the U.S., 20th worst in the world). As you can see […]

Coronavirus Update 7/19/21

By Whitney Tilson

Monday, July 19, 2021
1) I’m pretty upset today because a guy I know is sick with COVID and is in the hospital fighting for his life (he chooses to remain anonymous because he’s so embarrassed about what’s happened). I was begging – even yelling at – him to get vaccinated, but he didn’t. He wasn’t a hard-core, conspiracy-embracing, […]

Coronavirus Update 7/7/21

By Whitney Tilson

Wednesday, July 7, 2021
1) In yesterday’s email, I wrote: Sadly, the vaccination rate variation by state is highly politicized: the 21 states with the highest vaccination rate were all blue in the last election (Nebraska was the top red state), whereas the lowest eight states (and 18 of the bottom 19 – the lone exception was Georgia) were all […]

Coronavirus Update 7/6/21

By Whitney Tilson

Tuesday, July 6, 2021
1) In a shocking reversal of fortune, the wealthiest countries, which suffered the most in the first year of the pandemic, are nearly fully recovered and back to normal, while developing nations, especially those in South America and Africa, continue to suffer widespread sickness, death and economic devastation. This is almost entirely due to the […]

Coronavirus Update 5/30/21

By Whitney Tilson

Sunday, May 30, 2021
1) Though the pace of vaccinations has slowed dramatically (source)… …The U.S. has now reached half of its population receiving at least one dose and just over 40% is now fully vaccinated, though there are wide variations by state (source): Overall, however, the U.S. is doing very well, as cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to […]
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About Whitney Tilson

Prior to creating Empire Financial Research, Whitney Tilson founded and ran Kase Capital Management, which managed three value-oriented hedge funds and two mutual funds. Starting out of his bedroom with only $1 million, Tilson grew assets under management to more than $200 million.

Tilson graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in government in 1989. After college, he helped Wendy Kopp launch Teach for America and then spent two years as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1994, where he graduated in the top 5% of his class and was named a Baker Scholar.

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