KBC – This was all going to plan earlier in the year when a proposal for a restructure was launched by Geoff Wilson, where the investment could possibly be realised at NTA. Continue reading “WHERE I STUFFED UP THIS YEAR, PART 2!”
Warning – Today’s post might be the only thing on the internet you read today that makes no comment on the U.S. Election.
With so many gurus on the internet these days, one aspect I wanted to achieve with blogging is for it to not be just an exercise about pumping up my own tyres. Continue reading “WHERE I STUFFED UP THIS YEAR, PART 1!”
I sold my EVN shares today at 2.77. Note this is purely from staying within my maximum allowable asset allocations as touched on in the “about me” section of this blog. I remain positive on gold. Continue reading “Rebalancing discipline.”
I will likely be inactive here over the next month or two. Will be trying to focus a bit more deeply on investment ideas and some other non investment pursuits.
It will involve perhaps much less watching the ticker tape and news constantly during trading hours and checking all the various media and messaging apps. Will try more reading of annual reports and company presentations, and some more lengthier pieces on the macro environment and possibly some investment books. Continue reading “Digital detox.”
- Stops on the DOW shorts at 18,900, AUD/USD short at 79.50, Robusta coffee long at 1274.
- Shorting is a tough game and I need to be prepared if I am stopped out on the above. Another measure I may deploy to de-risk is more USD exposure should the USD weaken further. The USD should reassert itself as a safe haven currency down the track again. I am weighing up still about the timing and how best to implement this. For the time being already I have increased USD exposure to now a meaningful amount, however some may get at least temporarily stopped out if we go above 79.50 quickly in the short term.
- The energy sector I believe made a major low this January and if we see dips they can be used as opportunities to buy correlated stocks or equity markets. My optimism in the commodity space does not extend beyond energy, precious metals and softs as more demand sensitive commodities remain vulnerable to global economic demand shocks.
- I am negative on the U.S. equities markets which lack breadth and many basic fundamental measures point to overvaluation. In particular measures point to a major relative overvaluation compared to other global equities markets.
- Whilst I advocate being very defensive and cautious with the U.S. equities markets, a portfolio does not necessarily have to have a major overweight in cash burning a hole in your pocket. I hold more cash than one normally does but make the point there are depressed assets that can provide opportunities. For instance, investing in other stock markets, just to name a few suggestions Australia, Singapore, Russia, Vietnam, China, UK, Spain, Italy you are buying at a time where the 5-year performance has been disappointing, unlike with the U.S. major indices. Likewise investing in the energy, precious metals, agriculture sectors.
Period 1st half April 2016, written April 14th
The cash equivalents weight has edged down slightly as I got filled in CEF:US as I have discussed, also I topped up a holding of UOS which I shall mention below. Continue reading “Risk on again”
I have been stopped out on the more defensive positioning of the portfolio when the DOW rose above 17,500. So my cash equivalents are around 31%. For clarification, I call them cash equivalents as some of this may not be strictly cash, rather could be wind up or takeover arbitrage situations that I consider extremely low beta to stock markets and that usually have a more defined date that they will convert to cash. Continue reading “Volatility gone for now..”