Commodities

  • 30 Jun
    These Correlations Might Make You Reconsider Your Portfolio Exposure To Gold

    These Correlations Might Make You Reconsider Your Portfolio Exposure To Gold

    • Central banks are slowly introducing the markets to higher interest rates, but this is just due to inflation and thus the effect on gold will be positive.
    • Since 1971, the trend for gold, monetary policy, and government debt burdens is clear.
    • Portfolio exposure to gold of 7.5% should be seriously considered.

    Introduction

    Gold prices are difficult to forecast as anything can happen, but as I have already written about how gold should be a part of every portfolio because it is a perfect hedge for economic and monetary turmoil, I’ve decided to write about the current position of gold in relation to economic forces in order to better determine how much of a portfolio should be exposed to gold. You can find my reasoning behind owning gold miners in my article available here. More →

  • 29 Jun
    Oil Is Down. Is It Time To Buy?

    Oil Is Down. Is It Time To Buy?

    • Even if oil prices are volatile, demand is stable and costs are known. This allows us to find the balance value and trade around it.
    • With oil above $50, all big producers are profitable and expanding investments and production, but that’s not a good long-term sign for oil prices.
    • For low risk, high return investments, investors should wait for some kind of panic that pushes oil prices below $40.

    Introduction

    In March when oil prices were around $54 per barrel, I wrote an article that described a low risk, high reward investment strategy related to oil.

    The article, available here, advised readers to wait for oil prices to fall much lower to lower investing risk and increase returns because the long-term oil price is defined by supply and demand surrounding production costs while in the short term, anything can happen as OPEC news can easily move markets. More →

  • 22 Jun
    Why I’m Getting More And More Excited About Copper

    Why I’m Getting More And More Excited About Copper

    • Forecasts on electric vehicle market penetration are getting more bullish.
    • At the same time, copper is already in a supply deficit.
    • Every copper miner is different, so be careful out there.

    Introduction

    I’m a value investor looking for low risk investments that will lead to high returns. Therefore, when I hear Elon Musk talk, I don’t get excited as an investor because the risk is too high for any potential return as there is a probability that TSLA goes bankrupt when a recession comes along or that it doesn’t turn a profit in the next decade as margins will probably get competed away. More →

  • 15 Jun
    Is Zinc Still A Good Investment?

    Is Zinc Still A Good Investment?

    • Zinc is up 20% in the last 12 months.
    • Global zinc inventories and supply deficits might make zinc not just a good investment, but a great investment.
    • The problem is that it’s very difficult to find pure zinc plays.

    Introduction

    Exactly a year ago, I wrote about how between mine closures with limited mine openings and increasing demand, a supply gap in the zinc market was about to be created (article available here). Since then, zinc prices are up about 20% and were up 46% for a moment in November 2016. More →

  • 14 Jun
    Step-By-Step Guide To Building An All-Weather Portfolio In Today’s Environment

    Step-By-Step Guide To Building An All-Weather Portfolio In Today’s Environment

    • I’ll explain what an all-weather portfolio is and why it’s important to think all-weather in this macro environment.
    • It’s important to understand the difference between portfolio asset class diversification and risk diversification.
    • I’ll use imaginary risk calculations to illustrate how to properly build an all-weather portfolio.

    Introduction

    History has taught us that we always have to expect the unexpected. For example, I don’t know whether the U.S. economy is going to continue to expand or whether interest rates will be lower or higher in the future. I can make estimations, account for probabilities, and then invest accordingly, but still, I have to be prepared for anything. More →

  • 12 Jun
    Stocks, Bonds, & Gold, Oh My! What’s The Safest Asset Class Today?

    Stocks, Bonds, & Gold, Oh My! What’s The Safest Asset Class Today?

    • In his search for safety, the average investor usually does it all wrong.
    • Stocks, bonds, real estate, gold, and cash will all probably drop more than 70% once in your lifetime.
    • However, there is an asset class that is much safer and will lead to huge returns, Buffett would call it a “bet on America.”

    Introduction

    When I talk to people that aren’t as obsessed about investments as I am, a word that I constantly hear is “safety.” Everybody wants to do something with their capital without risk and they are in a constant inner fight related to their money and what to do with it. More →

  • 31 May
    An Analysis Of The Top 10 Gold Miners

    An Analysis Of The Top 10 Gold Miners

    • Each gold miner is different, so you have to carefully pick the right one for your portfolio.
    • Debt levels, gold reserves, mining costs, political and environmental risks, all have to be put into a perspective related to your risk appetite, strategy, and investment horizon.

    Introduction

    Yesterday, we discussed the reasons it’s a good idea to have gold miners in your portfolio now. The goal of today’s article is to show you just how different gold miners are and how carefully you have to chose those to include in your portfolio.

    Just as every mine is different, each miner is even more different. There are huge differences in potential future output, mining costs, debt structures, political risks, etc. All of these factors have to be assessed to provide you with the best hedging option for your portfolio according to your risk appetite and portfolio orientation.

    In this article, I’ll discuss the top 10 holdings of the iShares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (NYSEARCA: RING) to give you insights into what to watch for and how that affects the risks and potential rewards for your portfolio. More →

  • 30 May
    Why You Want Gold Miners In Your Portfolio Now

    Why You Want Gold Miners In Your Portfolio Now

    • Investing 5% of your portfolio in gold miners offers you the potential for a twenty-fold upside while the downside is just the invested 5%.
    • A macroeconomic analysis shows that there is a high chance that the FED won’t be able to significantly increase interest rates or trim its balance sheet.
    • More quantitative easing—similar to what is still going on in Europe and Japan—would easily bring gold above $2,000 per ounce. In that case, I wouldn’t exclude 1,000% jumps for miners.

    Introduction

    Lately I’ve been mentioning in a few articles how gold, especially gold miners, are a good hedge for a portfolio. My idea is that if you own gold miners with 5% of your portfolio, you are relatively well protected against whatever surprises we might see coming from the economy. More →

  • 25 May
    Building The Best Portfolio For The Upcoming Recession

    Building The Best Portfolio For The Upcoming Recession

    • Stocks will be hit badly. Low price earnings and high book values can provide some safety.
    • Bonds look much better than last year.
    • Alternative investments can be a jack-pot for your portfolio.

    Introduction

    Yesterday we discussed how a recession is imminent, especially if the trending down credit growth turns negative.

    The most important thing now for investors is to prepare for such an event. Today, we’re going to dig deeper into the recession-related investing risks as different asset classes will be affected differently. More →

  • 09 May
    Investment Research: The Challenge of Finding Attractive Investments

    Investment Research: The Challenge of Finding Attractive Investments

    • Bargains can be found through book value, special situations, 52 week lows, merger arbitrages, bankruptcies, etc.
    • It’s necessary to be a contrarian to be a value investor, though it might be painful for a while.
    • With experience, it will take less and less time to assess a stock and whether it has the potential to be a good investment.

    Introduction

    Last week we discussed Klarman’s view on the best business valuation methods. You can find the article here. Today we’ll discuss his approach to investment research.

    Studying fairly priced securities won’t get you far because you’re competing with thousands of others who have researched those companies and, especially in the current market environment, if there is anything worth owning, it will probably be expensive. Therefore, to find bargain investments, an investor has to look where others aren’t looking or refuse to look. More →

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