Interest Rates

  • 21 Dec
    Here’s How To Hedge For 2018

    Here’s How To Hedge For 2018

    • Everything looks good with the FED raising rates, but a look under the hood says otherwise.
    • There is a possibility that we won’t see three interest rate hikes in 2018.
    • When things look so good that they can’t get any better, it’s time to leave the party.



    Introduction

    On Monday, we discussed what the main global risks are. Today I want to dig deeper into how to start thinking about portfolio positioning around these risks.

    The FED has started with its tightening policy which creates two investing opportunities. One depends on if the FED manages to increase rates three times in 2018 as planned, inflation rises to 2%, and the economy keeps growing at current rates while unemployment remains low. In such a scenario, everything that has worked well in the last 8 years will work well in 2018. More →

  • 19 Dec
    Will The FED Protect Your Wealth?

    Will The FED Protect Your Wealth?

    • The wealth gap is growing. Invest like the rich.
    • The FED will be forced to protect stocks and real estate prices as they are the key to current economic growth.



    Introduction

    The Boston Consulting Group interviews 250 investors annually who have a combined wealth of $500 billion. The results usually aren’t shocking except for this year. 65% of those investors think the market is overvalued. More →

  • 18 Dec
    There Are Big Global Risks Out There – Here’s How To Invest For Them

    There Are Big Global Risks Out There – Here’s How To Invest For Them

    If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from my research on financial markets, it’s that you always have to expect the unexpected. Nothing is linear, everything works in cycles and what monetary policy makers say is usually wrong.

    Last week when the FED raised interest rates, Janet Yellen said: “We’re in a synchronized expansion. This is the first time in many years we’ve seen this.”



    That might be true, but the fact is that every economy today is a global economy and the global economy isn’t synchronized. At some point, it will crack somewhere as it always does. The important thing for us is to be prepared for something like that and to see how to best position our portfolios for the consequences that a financial shock might create. More →

  • 27 Nov
    This Is Why International Diversification Is So Important

    This Is Why International Diversification Is So Important

    • The 30% international revenue exposure the S&P 500 offers isn’t enough.
    • It’s possible to add significant returns and lower your risk when investing internationally.
    • A look at economic health and fundamentals will show where it’s best to invest now.



    Introduction

    An often overlooked part of investing and portfolio strategies are currencies.

    The easiest way to look at it is to say that it all evens out over time and that the only thing important is to be diversified. By owning the S&P 500 or companies that have global revenues, we could say that a portfolio is well diversified. More →

  • 21 Nov
    Worried About The Current Financial Environment? Here’s What You Need To Know

    Worried About The Current Financial Environment? Here’s What You Need To Know

    • Today, we’ll discuss the sustainability of developed financial systems as they are now.
    • We’ll also take a look at the much talked about Chinese slowdown.
    • I’ll finish with a take on gold and what could happen.



    Introduction

    In today’s article, I’ll discuss the financial environment we are living in.

    It’s very important to see the fundamental trends and forces surrounding what looks like a stable and strong financial system. The fundamental forces are crucial because in the long term, those forces eventually prevail and have a huge impact on all financial assets. More →

  • 17 Nov
    Here’s How To Be A Successful Real Estate Investor

    Here’s How To Be A Successful Real Estate Investor

    • To break the myths surrounding investment properties, I’ve done a simple financial overview of an investment in real estate.
    • There’s a big difference between real estate investing and speculating that many don’t get.
    • I find direct real estate investments an essential part of a well-diversified personal portfolio.



    Introduction

    I know interest rates are expected to go up which should lower real estate prices, but to start things today, I want to first distinguish between two very important things when investing in real estate. Do you want to be a speculator or a real estate investor?

    The difference between the two is that a speculator is primarily concerned with whether their investment, or rather speculation, will increase in price in the next year or two or so. More →

  • 13 Nov
    Inflation Points To A Recession On The Horizon – Here’s What You Need To Know

    Inflation Points To A Recession On The Horizon – Here’s What You Need To Know

    • Everybody expected high inflation after 2009, but it didn’t happen. There are specific reasons for that.
    • However, higher food and energy prices are pushing inflation higher. The low unemployment rate should help too.
    • Today, I’ll discuss how to best position yourself for an inflationary environment.



    Introduction

    There is one little bell always ringing in my mind: inflation, inflation, inflation.

    From all my analysis, inflation is something that could really shock the financial world. In today’s article, I’ll first show the current inflation levels for the most important economies, and then will dig deeper into what can happen in the next few years and how could that affect your portfolio. More →

  • 08 Nov
    Is Everything Now Too Big To Fail?

    Is Everything Now Too Big To Fail?

    • Today, we’ll discuss how the “too big to fail” concept has evolved since it was first used back in 1984.
    • The U.S. stock market to pension funds relation shows that even the stock market is simply too big to fail.
    • In Europe, the situation is even worse. Everything there is too big to fail, from countries to corporations to junk bonds.



    Introduction

    “Too big to fail” is a concept that you probably recognize from the 2009 financial crisis when many corporations, particularly financial institutions, were considered too big to fail due to the negative impact their demise would have on the whole economic system.

    In order to prevent massive negative effects on the economy, and also to prevent a 1930s depression-style situation, governments intervened and bailed out the distressed assets. More →

  • 18 Oct
    On The 30th Anniversary Of 1987’s Black Monday, Today’s Market Looks Eerily Similar. Should You Prepare For A Crash?

    On The 30th Anniversary Of 1987’s Black Monday, Today’s Market Looks Eerily Similar. Should You Prepare For A Crash?

    • The data indicates that the likelihood of a crash similar to October 1987 is the same today as it was then.
    • This doesn’t mean the stock market will crash tomorrow.
    • It only means that you should know yourself extremely well and relate your investments to your risk reward appetite. Only this can prevent you from the biggest mistake investors usually make, i.e. sell at the bottom of a bear market in total panic and capitulation.



    Introduction

    On Monday October 19, 1987, the stock market crashed a whopping 22.6% in one day. Is it possible that the same could happen tomorrow? Well, let’s compare the current market and to the one back then. More →

  • 03 Oct
    Good Debt Explained: Why You May Want To Take Out A Loan To Invest

    Good Debt Explained: Why You May Want To Take Out A Loan To Invest



    • Investing isn’t only about choosing the right stocks, it’s also about proper capital allocation.
    • Taking on leverage to invest can be smart but it can also be incredibly dumb.
    • From an historical perspective, it could be a very smart thing to be ready to refinance your home and invest in stocks.

    Introduction

    Buffett and Munger praise themselves for never taking out loans for Berkshire and one of the most famous Buffett quotes is:

    “If you’re smart you don’t need debt, if you are not smart, you better stay far from debt.”

    However, this is another half-truth that he tells the world. More →

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