• 12 Jul
    Could the Economic Climate in Europe Be Contagious?

    Could the Economic Climate in Europe Be Contagious?

    • The first hard data after the BREXIT won’t be available until October, but property funds are already frozen.
    • The decline of the pound will lower UK GDP and will spill over into Europe.
    • Italian banks are in trouble as 25% of GDP are nonperforming loans.

    Introduction

    As two weeks have passed since the BREXIT debacle, most heads have cooled off and we can calmly look at the current situation in Europe, the repercussions of BREXIT and contagion risks. It is important to analyze the full potential impact of the BREXIT by analyzing the stability of the European financial system, business investments, hiring and the political risk premium. More →

  • 11 Jul
    Watch Out: The FOMC’s Current Stance Could Impact Your Portfolio in the Long Term

    Watch Out: The FOMC’s Current Stance Could Impact Your Portfolio in the Long Term

    • Bonds are becoming riskier as yields are falling.
    • Inflation is at 1.2% and very likely to get higher as full employment is approached.
    • The FOMC predicts stability which could create a great environment for traders.

    Introduction

    On July 6 the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) June meeting minutes were released. As they give clear insight into how the controllers of our monetary policy think, it is very important to analyze the minutes in order to better position one’s portfolio and also execute short- and medium-term trades. The FOMC gave a clear indication of their expectations in relation to future GDP growth, unemployment, inflation and its federal funds rate. All of the mentioned indicators will have different effects on various investments. More →

  • 08 Jul
    Prepare for Earnings Season: Prices, BREXIT, GDP & Trends

    Prepare for Earnings Season: Prices, BREXIT, GDP & Trends

    • This article provides a list of companies whose earnings will be affected by the BREXIT.
    • The dollar is stable thus we should not expect strong global currency effects.
    • The probability of U.S. recession has hit an 8-year high which should be detrimental for earnings in the next two years.

    Introduction

    In the long term, stock returns are perfectly correlated with the underlying earnings and therefore the upcoming Q2 2016 earnings season is very important. Positive earnings could push the markets to new highs while bad news could indicate the start of a recession or bear market. More →

  • 07 Jul
    Major Indicators Are All Positive, But Is It Time To Get Fearful?

    Major Indicators Are All Positive, But Is It Time To Get Fearful?

    • Economic data is strong and positive.
    • Neither jobless claims nor consumer spending show signs of weakness.
    • The issues remain in valuations, optimism and low yields.

    Introduction

    In the post-BREXIT world, there is a lot of speculation but no one knows what will happen. This article is going to provide a general outlook on how the economy is doing and try to extrapolate trends while ignoring the noise provided by the media. More →

  • 06 Jul
    How Diversified Should You Be?

    How Diversified Should You Be?

    • Extreme diversification is good but only provides ordinary results results.
    • Concentrated portfolios proved better in some cases as they allow investors to select the best companies.

    Introduction

    A few days ago we discussed passive and active strategies given that there is a looming risk of a recession and that the markets are unable to break new highs which makes just holding stocks for the sake of holding stocks very risky. In this article we are going to discuss how diversified a portfolio should be as it is easier to pursue an active strategy with a concentrated portfolio of stocks. More →

  • 05 Jul
    You Fly the Friendly Skies, But Should You Invest in Airlines?

    You Fly the Friendly Skies, But Should You Invest in Airlines?

    • Airline valuations are incredibly low but the risks are also high, especially if a recession arrives.
    • Demand fell by 20% and stocks fell by more than 90% in 2009.
    • The global long term outlook is very positive with demand expected to double in the next 15 years.

    Introduction 

    In his 2007 letter to shareholders Warren Buffett stated that airlines are the worst sort of business because they require significant capital to engender growth and earn little or no money. He continues that creating a durable advantage has been elusive since the days of the Wright Brothers and even concludes that “if a farsighted capitalist had been present at Kitty Hawk, he would have done his successors a huge favor by shooting Orville down.” More →

  • 01 Jul
    Should You Switch to a More Active Investing Strategy?

    Should You Switch to a More Active Investing Strategy?

    • Passive investing has been excellent in the past decade but has gone nowhere in the last two years.
    • Higher valuations are increasing volatility and risk which gives opportunities for more active strategies.
    • Due to the high valuations in 1968, only an active strategy would have produced positive returns in the period up to 1982.

    Introduction

    The S&P 500 has gone nowhere since December 2014. Several reasons have influenced such a performance, but the most impactful factors seem to be market fundamentals deteriorating while central banks keep limiting the downside by increasing available liquidity. The FED was supposed to begin raising interest rates, but the 0.25% hike was insignificant, and now there is even speculation that the FED could lower interest rates again. More →

  • 30 Jun
    Aluminum: A Leveraged Investment Into the Global Economy

    Aluminum: A Leveraged Investment Into the Global Economy

    • If the economy continues on its growth path, aluminum will enter into a supply gap.
    • After 5 years of losses, investors should be in for a treat.
    • The risks and potential rewards of investing in aluminum will be explained in this article.

    Introduction

    Aluminum is the third most abundant metal in the Earth’s crust and accounts for 8% of its mass. The mineral it is most commonly mined from is bauxite. The most widely known uses of aluminum are aircraft bodies and aluminum foil, but it has a multitude of other uses like window frames, beer cans etc. More →

  • 29 Jun
    BREXIT Aftermath: Where to Look for Returns & What to Avoid Now

    BREXIT Aftermath: Where to Look for Returns & What to Avoid Now

    • U.S. and Europe are overvalued, especially seeing the current political situation and economic fragility.
    • What’s about to hit Europe and the U.S. already hit emerging markets in 2015. There are opportunities in emerging markets now, but where?
    • Bonds seem the riskiest asset of all with no yield and huge potential downside.

    Introduction

    After last week’s BREXIT vote the markets have been in a free fall with a slight recovery yesterday. But savvy investors have been expecting this and it has been a recurring theme at Investiv Daily that stocks are overvalued. In such an overvalued environment it is normal that inflated asset prices take a beating at any sign of future uncertainty. More →

  • 28 Jun
    Is the Negative Cycle Ending in the Shipping Sector?

    Is the Negative Cycle Ending in the Shipping Sector?

    • Most shipping companies are down more than 90% and the short term outlook does not look bright.
    • After 25 years of 10% global fleet gross tonnage growth, 2016 is a turning point with growth lower than 5%.
    • Increased interest rates, fewer ships and constant global trade growth show that there are investment opportunities in the shipping world.

    Introduction

    It seems strange to analyze the shipping sector in the current volatile markets, but sound sector analyses help to keep nerves firm and to clearly valuate the opportunities a bear market brings. The shipping sector is interesting due to the fact that it represents a perfect example for a bottomless investment theory and an excellent investment opportunity for those who can and know how to catch a falling knife. More →

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