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QE Is Dead. Long Live QE
- While the Federal Reserve is engaging in more restrictive (or at least ending easy) monetary policy, Draghi has fired the bazooka, while the Swiss decided they had enough.
- The obvious beneficiary will be the USD, while there might be a positive effect also for euro area banks.
- However, in case of shock the dollar should keep benefiting while banks could tank.
- Gold has started to behave as a currency again as a reaction of the ECB money printing, Swiss peg exit and overall uncertainty.
- With this backdrop the wisest trades are probably going to be tactical positions on volatility and correlations at least until the smoke clears, and it might take a while.
The End Of Carry Reloaded: Gold - Hold Your Fire
- Revisiting previous posts, "The End Of The Great Carry" seems the dominant force right now, pushing the dollar up and EM equities and gold down from its highs.
- The Bovespa has proved surprisingly resilient until relatively recently, while Asian benchmarks were weaker than US indices.
- Even gold has behaved as expected, but rebounds at 1200 USD/Oz were short-lived, signaling weakness against the dollar strength which seems to dominate commodity plays now.
- At the same time, geopolitical shocks have dominated the tactical landscape.
- The new show in town is divergence between Fed and ECB monetary policy, but there are other forces potentially supporting the euro.
Gold: New Boundaries
- Precious metals in general, and gold in particular, are peculiar commodities.
- During periods with no economic stress, precious metals tend to behave like other commodities. In times of economic crises, however, with Central Banks printing money, historically gold behaves as currency.
- At the moment, lacking new financial or geopolitical shocks, the price of gold should remain between 1200 and 1350 USD/Oz.
History Might Have Started Again-Fasten Your Seatbelts And Watch Your Portfolios
- Geopolitics are back, and investors might want to be wary of implications for global trade and their portfolios. Opportunities are bound to become more selective implying more thorough analysis.
- In emerging markets, look for countries which have rule of law, sound trade positions and independent Central Banks. Chile and the Czech Republic should do fine.
- Concentrate on cash flows and income statements: the time of the Balance Sheet focus maybe over for a while; small cap indices (like the Russel 2000) will probably outperform.
- Be claustrophobic; whenever you take a position, always ask yourself how easily and quickly you can get out, either by liquidating or hedging, even in extreme environments.
- Protect the downside: always have a part of your portfolio in something which will perform well when everything else is falling, like gold and quality government bonds.
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