As mentioned in previous posts we run a variety of automatic as well as discretionary trading systems. Running them alongside each other helps us to spot market trends that we might not otherwise see. Well here are a few macro themes that we have found and currently are tracking for good entry points with relatively low risk.
Energy and Raw Materials-Yes, we know that this isn’t exactly a novel idea. But the fact remains that if the world is to continue expanding we are going to need more energy. If more people in third and second world countries are buying cars guess what they need? Yeah you guessed right. They need gasoline and the car companies need steel. If the BRIC’s and friends are to continue growing at their current pace or even half of the current rate then they need raw materials and energy to build. So we are for the most part energy and hard asset (commodity) bulls. While an index probably isn’t a bad way to go we feel that we can get better risk adjusted returns by looking for our own trades and scaling in and out of different securities. So we track a lot of different individual stocks, ETF’s, and commodities.
Housing-We are housing bears. While we don’t see this trend continuing forever or even for ten years we do see it going for at least another year. Does that mean we are shorting everything in housing? No, in fact we currently only have one short position in housing (HOV). But it is a theme we will continue to monitor.
Healthcare-Ultimately the outcome of the health-care industry is probably going to end up with politicians deciding if it is allowed to win or not. For the next 40 years we see several reasons to be long healthcare. Unfortunately we see a reason to be very hesitant. Because of the aging populations in the western world the bulk of the voting population will probably favor government controls on the health system. That being said we still see many potential opportunities in healthcare and bio-tech.
Global Telecom-This is a theme that has been good to us off and on for some time now. We have found that in a lot areas of the world some of the best stocks have been in the telecom industry. Off and on we have been long VIP, MBT, AMX, CHL, SKM, and TKC. In fact last week we re entered TKC. Basically telecom is one of our favorite emerging market industries and whenever a country meets our other criteria it is usually one of the first areas we look at.
These are some of our major trading themes right now. We have other themes we monitor but these should give you an idea as to where we are looking and what we look for. Basically we look for areas that should have long lasting trends and real fundamentals. We then look for entries that present a good risk to reward scenario. We aren’t in the business of risking a dollar to try and make a dollar. We are looking to risk a dollar to make three or four and sometimes even ten.
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