China

  • 30 Aug
    Air Travel Is Booming – Here’s The Best Way To Invest In The Trend (And No… It’s Not Airlines)

    Air Travel Is Booming – Here’s The Best Way To Invest In The Trend (And No… It’s Not Airlines)

    • It’s interesting how global economic activity is shifting more and more toward the east.
    • Air traffic is expected to continue to grow at more than 6% per year. However, this doesn’t mean that any related investment will do well.
    • Good investments will be those with limited or no competition. Think airports.

    Introduction

    When investing, you want to be exposed to growing trends not declining ones. Not that investing success can’t be found in declining industries, but focusing on growth sectors simply increases your chances for a positive return and lowers the possibility of a negative return. Thus, increasing your expected return and lowering your risk.

    One such almost certain long-term trend is the growth of the global airline industry. More →

  • 18 Aug
    The Bear Case To Investing In China

    The Bear Case To Investing In China

    • The first risk is a possible contraction in the Chinese credit cycle.
    • However, any kind of interest rate spike leads to immediate PBOC intervention.

    Introduction

    I have been pretty bullish in my previous articles about investing in China as I think it’s a positive risk reward situation. Nevertheless, a positive bull case wouldn’t be fair without looking at the risks China carries. So in today’s article we’ll discuss the main risks plaguing the Chinese economy and stock market. Understanding the specific risks will also help in better positioning your portfolio to the ugly things that might happen and carefully selecting the stocks that will be less affected. More →

  • 17 Aug
    Worried About The Current Environment? Here’s Why You Should Be.

    Worried About The Current Environment? Here’s Why You Should Be.

    • We’ll discuss the most obvious risks to the current financial environment.
    • For example, higher interest rates are already negatively affecting the U.S. economy and inflation.
    • However, the most dangerous risks are the hidden ones.

    Introduction

    Yesterday we discussed the main factor behind the current bull market, i.e. central bank asset purchases, and I described three potential scenarios, one where things continue as expected, one where central banks increase stimulus, and one where inflation messes things up for everyone.

    Nevertheless, nothing that was discussed in yesterday’s article was a new finding. Such fears have been circulating the financial environment since 2009, and as we have witnessed, nothing much has changed since then while the global financial system seems stable as a rock. Even Japan’s economic activity has surprised on the upside with growth of 4% for Q2 2017. More →

  • 01 Aug
    Want The Secret Formula For Economic Success? Look To Ray Dalio

    Want The Secret Formula For Economic Success? Look To Ray Dalio

    • It’s possible to estimate a country’s economic growth with precision and I have done so in this article. Perhaps it’s better to say that I used the available—and free—research done by 1,500 Bridgewater employees.
    • As future economic trends are pretty clear, it’s important to position one’s portfolio accordingly.
    • However, don’t just jump into emerging markets at any price. Compare the fundamentals and the growth in relation to your investment horizon.

    Introduction

    There’s a lot of talk about economics, economic growth, what drives it, etc., but there aren’t many facts that properly show links between causes and effects.

    One person who researched those links and shared the findings is Ray Dalio, hedge fund manager of Bridgewater Associates. In today’s article, I’ll describe what Ray found and then analyze how we can best position our portfolios in order to be more exposed to positive forces and less to negative forces. More →

  • 19 Jul
    The Big News From China & What It Means For Your Portfolio

    The Big News From China & What It Means For Your Portfolio

    • The Chinese economy surprised to the upside and Chinese stocks have spiked.
    • A fundamental analysis shows that Chinese stocks are still 50% undervalued.
    • The Chinese economy is less risky and growing faster, but the market hasn’t yet fully recognized the situation which makes this the best time to invest.

    Introduction

    One of the greatest fears circulating the investing environment in the last few years has been that China is about to slow down and drag the whole world into negative territory. I found such a fear a bit silly because it wasn’t based on proper macroeconomic analysis but mostly on western investors’ perception. More →

  • 17 Jul
    How The Economic Machine Works & Why You Need To Prepare Your Portfolio For It

    How The Economic Machine Works & Why You Need To Prepare Your Portfolio For It

    • Productivity growth is the long-term key, make sure your portfolio follows it.
    • The global distribution of wealth is shifting very quickly.
    • Preparing your portfolio for what’s going to happen doesn’t even cost that much. On the contrary, it is even more profitable.

    Introduction

    Ray Dalio is famous for many things. One of them is his explanation of how the economic machine works where he describes how productivity growth, the long-term debt cycle, and the short-term debt cycle affect an economy.

    Today, I’ll briefly summarize his findings as they are reported in a 300-page document and, most importantly, see how Dalio’s economic philosophy can affect our investing strategies. More →

  • 04 Jun
    Sunday Edition: Why Now Is The Wrong Time To Get In On This Chinese Growth Story

    Sunday Edition: Why Now Is The Wrong Time To Get In On This Chinese Growth Story

    Over the last few weeks we’ve discussed several technical patterns that can tell you when a stock may be beginning a new uptrend, so today I wanted to talk about a pattern that can help you spot the beginning of a new downtrend.

    The stock we’re looking at today is Momo, Inc. (NYSE: MOMO). More →

  • 19 May
    What Three Chinese Companies Tell Us About The Risks You Need To Watch For In Emerging Markets

    What Three Chinese Companies Tell Us About The Risks You Need To Watch For In Emerging Markets

    • Proper due diligence is needed to separate low risk from high risk investments.
    • The fact is, nobody does their research anymore as ETFs and index funds have taken over the investment world.
    • I’ll describe a few Chinese investments that look amazing at first but can easily lead to a total loss.

    Introduction

    Yesterday we talked about how emerging markets are generally becoming attractive. Today we’ll discuss a few Chinese stocks that show some of the risks lying in such a market.

    As I see the S&P 500 climb to new highs, I understand that risk isn’t what investors think about, but my experience that spans a few market cycles keeps me focused on the risks while investing.

    By risk I don’t mean short term volatility coming from market sentiment. The S&P 500 hasn’t been volatile at all in the last 8 years as it has just gone up, but for every point that it goes up while corporate earnings remain flat, the risk investors are taking gets higher. More →

  • 18 May
    Emerging Markets Are Becoming More Attractive Day By Day

    Emerging Markets Are Becoming More Attractive Day By Day

    • Volatility is a given in emerging markets, but it’s also what creates amazing opportunities.
    • Economics, fundamentals, and currencies are all in favor of emerging markets.
    • China is just doing what the FED should have done 5 years ago: tighten after an expansion period.

    Introduction

    Emerging markets are a volatile beast, this is a given. However, the inherent volatility is mostly the result of our perception and not of actual structural changes in a country. As an example, last year a wonderful buying opportunity emerged in Cemig (NYSE: CIG), a Brazilian utility from the state of Minas Gerais. CIG’s stock price fell from double digits to $1.05 in just a few years. More →

  • 24 Apr
    Global Growth Is Finally Getting Some Traction, Be Sure Your Money Follows

    Global Growth Is Finally Getting Some Traction, Be Sure Your Money Follows

    • Macroeconomic trends are extremely important for your investing or trading returns.
    • The IMF’s World Economic Outlook is a great starting point for understanding where the risks and opportunities lie.
    • Long term trends show emerging markets and commodities are the place to be.

    Introduction

    Investing is both difficult and easy. It’s difficult if you try to guess what the market’s sentiment will be next week or next month, while it’s easy if you simply look at slow moving structural macroeconomic trends. These trends are like little forces that shape the market, similar to the gravitational forces among planets in our solar system. More →

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