Market Forecast

  • 27 Nov
    Sunday Edition: Extreme Investor Sentiment Indicates A Tradable Bottom In Gold

    Sunday Edition: Extreme Investor Sentiment Indicates A Tradable Bottom In Gold

    The longer you’ve invested in, or traded financial markets, the more you probably realize just how difficult it is to accurately time financial markets. Pundits and talking heads will tell you it’s impossible. However, after 20 years of trading and investing, including stocks, bonds, currencies, futures, and options, I do believe it’s possible to identify key characteristics that are present at or near every major turning point in virtually every market. More →

  • 24 Nov
    Vacation In Europe? Definitely. Invest There? Not So Fast…

    Vacation In Europe? Definitely. Invest There? Not So Fast…

    • The situation in Europe is getting better and will improve further due to its weak currency.
    • The stock market is, however, still risky due to high valuations. But as inflation picks up and required returns increase, stocks should become cheaper.
    • As Europe is very segmented, many risks can arise, so waiting for better risk reward opportunities will pay off.

    Introduction

    In the last two years, the dollar has moved strongly against the Euro while the European stock indexes practically haven’t gone anywhere despite the BREXIT, the Deutsche Bank crisis, and the upcoming Italian referendum.

    Today we’ll analyze the current risk reward situation for U.S. investors wanting to diversify into Europe by analyzing currencies, valuations, and the general politic and economic risks Europe holds. More →

  • 22 Nov
    Things Are Finally Changing – Are You Ready To Seize The Opportunities?

    Things Are Finally Changing – Are You Ready To Seize The Opportunities?

    • Economic growth has been fueled by credit in the last 30 years with increasingly lower interest rates.
    • A reversal is inevitable and will lower consumption and investments as credit tightens.
    • A 100-basis point increase in corporate debt costs would lower S&P 500 pretax earnings by 6.3%.

    Introduction

    In her latest speech, FED Chair Janet Yellen clearly stated that she expects global economic growth to firm up, supported by accommodative monetary policies abroad, U.S. inflation to reach the targeted 2% level, and the FED to raise interest rates relatively soon.

    After seven years of low interest rates and low inflation, the impact of the above mentioned changes has to be assessed very carefully as there is no recent historical precedent. More →

  • 11 Nov
    Forget About The Election Noise, Let’s Talk About China

    Forget About The Election Noise, Let’s Talk About China

    • China’s long term outlook is very positive and its debt is not worrying.
    • However, due to the nature of economic cycles, we have to expect and prepare for potential trouble coming from China.
    • When trouble will happen is anybody’s guess as many have called negative scenarios several times, but those have so far failed to materialize.

    Where China Is Now & Where It Is Going

    China is the growth motor of the global economy. It consumes about half of the global produced copper and produces half of the global steel output. This is due to the incredible GDP growth China has achieved in the last 25 years, which has averaged 9% per year. More →

  • 04 Nov
    This Metal Offers The Best Risk Reward Potential… And Has A Minimum 50% Upside Potential.

    This Metal Offers The Best Risk Reward Potential… And Has A Minimum 50% Upside Potential.

    • Copper consumption in relation to GDP per capita is essential for understanding the future demand for the metal.
    • At higher than $1.5 per pound, the copper cost curve becomes very steep indicating a sharp boom in copper prices when deficits eventually arise.
    • The five-year investment perspective necessary for copper seems long, but returns of 1,000% are on the table.

    Introduction

    Yesterday we discussed iron ore, aluminum, platinum and zinc. Today we will focus in on copper.

    Copper prices haven’t moved much since the beginning of this year, trading in a range between $2 and $2.2 per ounce. More →

  • 01 Nov
    GDP Is Up But Stocks Are Down – How You Should Respond

    GDP Is Up But Stocks Are Down – How You Should Respond

    • Inflation is approaching 2% as the current dollar GDP has increased to 4.4%.
    • Both inflation and GDP growth will force the FED to take action – the selloff in yielding assets will continue.
    • Nondurables consumption leads to GDP growth alongside exports and inventories buildups questioning GDP growth sustainability.

    Introduction

    Last Friday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis released the GDP data for Q3 2016. At first, it looked surprisingly good with the GDP growing at an annual rate of 2.9% for the quarter. This is excellent news as it takes the economy out of its anemic growth rhythm seen in the last two years. More →

  • 17 Oct
    Why A Market Crash Could Be Just Around The Corner

    Why A Market Crash Could Be Just Around The Corner

    • We’ll discuss some risks first and then discuss potential rewards.
    • Valuations are the tipping point toward a riskier perspective.
    • After reading this article you’ll be able to decide for yourself what the best strategy is for you to follow.

    Introduction

    In order to see where the market is going, let us first take a look at what the market has been doing in the last two years.

    The market has had a 7% yearly return if we look at it from October 15, 2014, however, if we wait a month, the yearly return for the last two years will fall to 1.8% per year. 1.8% a year plus a dividend yield of 2% isn’t bad in the current low yield environment, but it is bad when compared to the risks stock investors are running. More →

  • 04 Oct
    Market Clues From The Short Term Credit Cycle

    Market Clues From The Short Term Credit Cycle

    • Comparing the current credit cycle with the last two may tell us exactly how close we are to a recession.
    • As productivity growth is slowing down, credit is the only thing keeping the economy up.

    Introduction 

    How often do you think of what happened during the Great Recession?

    Exactly 9 years ago, the S&P 500 was around 1500 points and everything seemed fine, and headlines looked like this: More →

  • 28 Sep
    Earnings Season Is Approaching. Are You Ready?

    Earnings Season Is Approaching. Are You Ready?

    • Earnings will decline for the sixth consecutive quarter.
    • We question the 2017 forecasted earnings growth based purely on higher oil prices.
    • We’ll take a look at what can be done to limit your risks and increase returns.

    Introduction

    What we know is that for the last 5 quarters, the S&P 500 has had declining earnings. The situation doesn’t seem to change course for the next quarter, but most analysts expect earnings growth to come in 2017 as a result of a rebound in energy prices.

    As our readers know, this rebound should have already happened six months ago according to the same analysts’ expectations. In this article we’ll tell their story, but we’ll also analyze what else is out there that can influence future earnings. More →

  • 26 Sep
    An EV Future: Investing Dos & Don’ts – Specific Investment Opportunity Disclosed

    An EV Future: Investing Dos & Don’ts – Specific Investment Opportunity Disclosed

    • We won’t mention Tesla (except for right here).
    • Margins are essential for profitable long term investments.
    • Alternative related investments seem like the best option for low risk, high reward pre-hype investing opportunities in the electric market, the opposite is true for oil.

    Introduction

    The rumor is that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is searching for a partner to develop a car that many believe will be all-electric. This would be only one additional player in the long line of automotive manufacturers that have embraced the electric trend.

    In this article, we will look at how big the electric trend really is and what the investing opportunities and risks related to the new trend are. More →

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