Recession

  • 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 →

  • 24 May
    As Credit Growth Slows, The First Recession Bell Tolls

    As Credit Growth Slows, The First Recession Bell Tolls

    • The economy can only grow as fast as productivity in the long term.
    • U.S. real GDP growth has been around 2% in the last 8 years while productivity growth has lingered at 0.5%.
    • Therefore, 75% of economic growth is under the influence of credit. Credit expansion is slowing down and turning negative.

    Introduction

    What do you do when your neighbor, that you know makes the same amount of money as you do, buys a Porsche, puts a big pool in their garden, remodels and refurnishes their house, and throws big parties to brag about it? More →

  • 08 May
    Heuristic Simplification Makes Everyone Happier, But It’s Terrible For Investing

    Heuristic Simplification Makes Everyone Happier, But It’s Terrible For Investing

    • Irrational behavior leads to higher risks and lower returns. We’ll show how to avoid it.
    • We’ll describe how a cognitive bias can be extremely dangerous in the current market environment.

    Introduction

    Standard finance assumes that investors always behave rationally and therefore it ignores cognitive and emotional biases that might affect investor behavior. But such phycological biases don’t only affect the individual investor, but can also affect the majority of the investing population. When the majority of investors behave irrationally, the market becomes inefficient and extremely dangerous as risks increase and longer-term returns turn negative.

    Today, I’ll describe the most common psychological bias affecting investors and making them behave irrationally. More →

  • 21 Apr
    Are We Already In A New Bear Market?

    Are We Already In A New Bear Market?

    • The biggest investor of them all just said that he will start cashing out. Hopefully, this won’t lead to a bear market, but it will certainly put the brakes on further growth.
    • Economic signals are mixed, the outlook is uncertain and as much as the low unemployment rate is positive, historically, that isn’t a good sign for the future.
    • As always, we’ll discuss what to do in this environment.

    Introduction

    It seems that the S&P 500 peaked on March 1, 2017. More →

  • 19 Apr
    The Next Bear Market Is Coming. Here’s Where It Will Start.

    The Next Bear Market Is Coming. Here’s Where It Will Start.

    • $2 billion a day flows into Vanguard to be mindlessly invested in the market through index funds.
    • When the only reason people invest is because staying on the sidelines means getting sore while others get rich, it usually spells trouble ahead.
    • When the investors plowing $2 billion per day understand what are they buying at extreme valuations, the next bear market will arrive and it will be terrible as the buying reverses to selling.

    Introduction

    A recent The New York Times article described how Vanguard, the $4.2 trillion mutual fund, is the fastest growing fund due to the attractiveness of passive investment vehicles and the average 0.12% fee the fund charges. The low fee is something I applaud as I strongly believe fees in the financial world should be minimal or performance related where nothing is paid if the manager doesn’t deliver. 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 →

  • 28 Mar
    Triggering The Next Recession – The Automotive Industry

    Triggering The Next Recession – The Automotive Industry

    • The automotive industry makes up 2.5% of GDP, but its discretionary nature is what makes it important.
    • Car loan delinquencies are rising, sales are starting to get stretched from a credit perspective, and higher interest rates won’t help.
    • There is no risk of a financial crisis arising from the automotive industry, but it’s very likely that the industry will lead the economy into a healthy recession.

    Introduction

    In a recent article, I elaborated on the difference between having a static or a dynamic view of the markets and how not thinking ahead can be very dangerous. I used the total amount of car loans outstanding to point out how things have changed in the past, i.e. car sales increased due to low interest rates, and how things will change in the future, i.e. interest rates will increase and lower car sales. More →

  • 16 Feb
    How Much Will You Lose In The Next Bear Market?

    How Much Will You Lose In The Next Bear Market?

    • The current stock market will, on average, deliver returns of 4% per year for the next 15 years. However, the risks don’t justify the returns.
    • All investors owning an S&P 500 or similar portfolio should know that they run the risk of a 50% temporary decline.
    • Various sectors and countries offer much higher returns for the same inherent volatility.

    Introduction

    What’s equally important to how much you expect to make from your investments if things go well is the question of how much volatility you can take if things go wrong. Today’s article is more of a reminder that there are two sides to each investment, the return side and the risk side.

    I’ll elaborate on techniques that will help you assess your future returns and risks. We’ll start with the fun part, the returns, and finish with the necessary part, the risks. More →

  • 12 Feb
    Sunday Edition: Clues From The Ticker Tape – Do These Charts Spell Big Trouble Ahead?

    Sunday Edition: Clues From The Ticker Tape – Do These Charts Spell Big Trouble Ahead?

    On February 1, 2017, the share price of Automatic Data Processing Inc. – ticker ADP gapped lower intraday by -6.8% on heavier than normal volume.

    In technical analysis, often times a long running trend, whether up or down, will begin its reversal with what is known as a “breakaway gap”. More →

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