Emerging Markets

  • 05 Jun
    Why You Should Be Careful When You’re Told To Have A Defensive Portfolio

    Why You Should Be Careful When You’re Told To Have A Defensive Portfolio

    • Defensive investments are usually promoted to those in retirement or close to it. However, we should all always be defensive investors.
    • Neither bonds nor general stocks are defensive investments, no matter the diversification or quality of the bonds.
    • Cash is the only defensive investment in this market. Other options are positive asymmetric risk reward investments.

    Introduction

    Many will say that a portfolio owned by an investor who is about to retire or is retired should be a defensive one. However, I find focusing on age isn’t smart because no matter our age, we have to always protect our portfolio and try to maximize returns. After all, isn’t the first rule of investing to never lose money while the second rule of investing tells us to read rule number one again? 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 →

  • 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 →

  • 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 →

  • 26 Apr
    If You’re An Investor, Now’s The Time To Get Out Of The S&P 500, Index Funds, & ETFs

    If You’re An Investor, Now’s The Time To Get Out Of The S&P 500, Index Funds, & ETFs

    • If you only look at averages, passive investing will always outperform active due to lower fees, but you can only expect average returns.
    • The market is skewed and inefficient due to huge flows into passive funds, outflows from active funds which should be doing the thinking, and euphoric management doing large stock buybacks. This creates a highly risky situation.
    • Avoid owning index funds, ETFs, and stocks that are largely owned by passive funds.

    Introduction

    There are two investing worlds. One is the world of active investing where the fund manager you hired analyzes company after company and invests in those they think are the best. The passive manager simply disperses your funds over an index where you will perform exactly as the market performs. With passive investing, fundamentals, dividends, growth, sales, scandals, and business trends don’t matter at all. 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 →

  • 07 Apr
    Emerging Markets Are Still A Buy Even At Two-Year Highs

    Emerging Markets Are Still A Buy Even At Two-Year Highs

    • The International Monetary Fund revised economic growth projections for emerging markets and developing economies up to 4.5% for 2017 and 4.8% for 2018.
    • Not all emerging markets are cheap, therefore the best strategy is to invest in individual stocks.
    • Buying companies in growing economies at low price earnings ratios is what will make the difference for your portfolio in the next 10 years.

    Introduction

    Over the last year, you’ve probably read some of my articles where I’ve said that emerging markets are the best investment class as the demographics are better and stocks are much cheaper in relation to what the S&P 500 offers. As markets can’t overlook such positive characteristics for very long, emerging markets are up more than 18% in the last 12 months. More →

  • 16 Mar
    The U.S. Market Is Irrationally Expensive – What Does The Rest Of The World Have To Offer?

    The U.S. Market Is Irrationally Expensive – What Does The Rest Of The World Have To Offer?

    • Global markets are much cheaper, but there’s an even better option.
    • It’s relatively easy to find stocks that have huge growth potential at cheap valuations. I’ll describe three sectors.
    • In the long term, the current trend of favoring the U.S. dollar and equities is going to shift to where the growth is. There’s no doubt about it, so be prepared.

    Introduction

    The U.S. equity market is like driving a luxury car. It’s reliable (low volatility or as some say, low risk), costs you a bit more to maintain (low dividends), it makes you look good (investing with the big boys), and it will eventually bring you to where you want to go.

    Investing in emerging markets is like driving a cheap car. Nobody considers your investments cool (looking for bargains in unknown areas like Russia, China, or India), the car won’t be as reliable (break down more often – think volatility), but it will be cheap to repair (high dividends), and eventually will also bring you to where you want to go. More →

  • 03 Mar
    Why An ETF Is The Wrong Way To Invest In Emerging Markets

    Why An ETF Is The Wrong Way To Invest In Emerging Markets

    • Irrational market sentiment and low liquidity create high volatility that can easily be seized by smart investors. Just do the opposite of what the crowd does.
    • Despite what the market might think in a certain moment, emerging markets and businesses grow alongside economic development and positive demographics.
    • ETFs are the crowd and due to their construction and rules, ETFs represent buying high and selling low, which is a terrible strategy anywhere but it’s extremely costly on volatile emerging markets.

    Introduction

    I have a positive bias towards emerging markets because of their positive demographics, growth aspirations, and low starting level from a macroeconomic perspective, and because, from a behavioral perspective, emerging markets are completely irrational, much less liquid, and highly volatile, especially individual stocks.

    You might wonder why I like volatility, low liquidity, and irrational behavior. Well, at the first sign of fear on financial markets, everybody rushes to sell their emerging market position. This, combined with low liquidity, creates huge volatility which is the best investing opportunity if you are a value/growth investor. More →

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