Commodities

  • 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 →

  • 04 May
    Here’s What Happens When An ETF Gets Too Big

    Here’s What Happens When An ETF Gets Too Big

    • When an ETF owns more than 10% of a company, any kind of rebalancing can be very dangerous for the stock.
    • The VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF is becoming too big for its index, and has been forced to look beyond junior miners and to sell up to 50% of some of its positions in order to rebalance.
    • The main danger coming from ETFs is the lack of underlying liquidity, especially when there is no one to buy the assets sold in a fire sale.

    Introduction

    ETFs are potential vehicles of mass destruction. There is a high chance that in a few years from now, we’ll be talking about the 2000 dot-com bubble, the 2009 subprime crisis, and the 201X ETF liquidity crisis.

    After ETFs took the investment stage, there weren’t many issues with them as they remained relatively small. However, the continuous inflow of capital has already made some ETFs too big.

    In today’s article, we’ll describe the issue with the VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEARCA: GDXJ) and how it’s affecting index constituents. 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 →

  • 12 Apr
    How To Prepare For Anything The Economy Throws At You

    How To Prepare For Anything The Economy Throws At You

    • All stocks will rise with a rising tide, therefore it’s wise to buy those stocks that won’t fall off a cliff in a recession.
    • The usual suspects—like consumer staples, utilities, and healthcare—are good ideas, but not at any price.
    • Bonds are close to becoming a win win situation.

    Introduction

    Yesterday we analyzed the FED’s latest meeting minutes, and saw how when the FED applies historical probability calculations to their own estimations, the result is that anything can happen.

    The FED itself stated that, in the next few years, economic growth could be anywhere between -0.5% and 4%, unemployment between 2% and 7%, and inflation between 1% and 3% with a 70% confidence interval. A 70% confidence interval means that there is a 30% chance economic indicators end up outside the above mentioned ranges. More →

  • 19 Mar
    Sunday Edition: Sugar – The New Epidemic Killer Could Offer Your Portfolio A “Sweet” Low Risk Boost

    Sunday Edition: Sugar – The New Epidemic Killer Could Offer Your Portfolio A “Sweet” Low Risk Boost

    Being somewhat of health nut, a recent article published on FortuneThe Hunt for the Perfect Sugar” caught my attention.

    Today, it’s pretty common knowledge that high sugar consumption has been linked to obesity and type 2 diabetes. However, it’s now being linked to dreaded conditions such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s and even cancer – including lung cancer. More →

  • 02 Mar
    A Low Risk High Reward Investment Approach To Oil

    A Low Risk High Reward Investment Approach To Oil

    • Oil prices have stabilized, however, both further upside and downside are possible as nobody knows what OPEC will do or decide.
    • U.S. shale producers are back in the game as oil prices stabilize above $50.
    • A low risk high reward investment strategy is to start investing in oil at prices below $40, or even $30. If oil doesn’t reach those levels, well there will always be other investment opportunities.

    Introduction

    Oil prices have relatively stabilized in the last three months after three years of high volatility. More →

    By Sven Carlin Commodities Investiv Daily Oil
  • 19 Feb
    Sunday Edition: Copper May Be The Strongest New Bull Market Over The Coming Decade

    Sunday Edition: Copper May Be The Strongest New Bull Market Over The Coming Decade

    The Escondida mine problems are only the tip of the iceberg for Copper, which appears to be in a bit of a panic since workers of BHP Billiton Ltd.’s Escondida copper mine in Chile started an indefinite strike on February 9, forcing a force majeure declaration on its shipments.

    Adding more fuel to the fire is a one-month delay to exports at Indonesia’s Grasberg mine when Freeport-McMoRan suspended copper concentrate output while in negotiations with the government over the terms of its mining permit which has expired. More →

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