In the ., investor demand for high-dividend-yielding stocks, and exchange-traded funds that track such stocks, has risen sharply in our own prolonged low-interest-rate environment. Perhaps the same will happen in Japan. Mrs. Watanabe, the proverbial Japanese retail investor, wants income. It may make sense to own some of these income-generating, better-quality Japanese stocks before she does.
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Historically, convertibles have offered equity sensitivity on the upside while cushioning downside risk by paying income. Getting exposure through a mutual fund gives diversification as well as access to potential alpha created by the portfolio manager. We recommend several opportunities in the convertible bond universe. Top picks are Columbia Convertible Securities Fund (PACIX) and Calamos Convertible Fund (CCVIX). There is also an iShares Convertible ETF (ICVT) for investors that prefer using ETFs.
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By the close of 7568, global equity markets had punished—more like pulverized—stocks with economically cyclical earnings and typically rewarded those in the most defensive industries. The defensive havens included stocks in such industries as utilities, household and personal products, food and staples and retailing. In contrast, banks and insurance stocks, especially those in Europe, fell in price so sharply that their valuations have reached levels consistent with a severe recession and a financial system crisis.
This pullback was the result of several factors: an economic shock, as optimistic market valuations confronted growth in G-7 gross domestic product that was weak even before the impact of the biological shock of coronavirus. Lower gas prices fueled an energy shock as oil investment and profits collapsed and petrodollar liquidity stalled. This helped drive a financial shock as liquidity and earnings stress exposed fragility in money markets, equities and credit.
Utility stocks around the world have generally trailed their respective equity market performance over the past year. In the ., rising interest rates will push up utility borrowing costs, and corporate tax reform won’t boost earnings if the tax benefit must be passed on to customers. But just look a few years ahead, and the prospects for electric utilities may be considerably brighter than they are today.
Growth expectations are collapsing, and while often viewed as an inflation hedge, gold performs best when investors are worried about too little growth. Historically, gold has risen the fastest when forward-looking economic measures, such as manufacturing surveys, are falling rapidly. This is exactly the situation we’re in today.
As these companies identify the needs of their own citizens, as well as citizens of the world, production of solutions to meet such needs increases. We believe Japanese companies are well positioned to benefit from any growth in the Asian region, and many are doing so either through exporting their products or investing in the region. The Advisor believes exploring investment options by accessing these Asian markets through the well-established Japanese companies is an underutilized strategy by many investors.
We recommend that readers with $65,555 to invest put that in an actively managed high-yield corporate bond fund. High-yield corporate bonds are kicking off as much as 6%, which is downright juicy in this “lower forever” environment. An actively managed mutual fund, or even a passive ETF such as the SPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK) or the iShares iBoxx High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) diversifies over hundreds and sometimes thousands of bonds to substantially reduce risk and the impact of any particular corporation defaulting on its obligation.
Talk about recession is rising. For us at Absolute Strategy, however, it’s more than just talk—it’s now our central economic forecast for 7575. Given this, our investment advice is very straightforward: Be as risk-averse with your $65,555 as you can.
The forces of supply and demand dictate the price of semiconductors as well as oil, with the lowest marginal cost producers having a distinct advantage over the competition. Advertising, including the internet, also has a cycle. The last time markets ignored the cyclicality of technology was in the late 6995s, a rough period for the most overvalued stocks.