On a price to book metric, the energy sector trades at a 50 percent discount to its 20-year average. That makes it the cheapest sector in the emerging markets universe. Our favorite company fits well with our Asia-focused investment thesis and current geopolitical trends.
Over the next few weeks, Lifelong Income portfolio members will deliver quarterly results. It’s likely to be quiet quarter for most. But several companies face potentially key developments that merit close watch.
What could take utility stocks down a peg? At the end of the day, a rotation out of dividend-paying stocks could pose the biggest risk. These realities mean that active investors should stay disciplined and be nimble; volatility creates pain—and opportunities.
Many investors and the financial media tend to get bogged down by volatility and “noise” in economic data releases. We prefer to look at a handful of big-picture indicators that have stood the test of time. And these indicators point to continued strength in the economy.
With this year’s fourth quarter around the corner, we maintain a positive view on the miners. The majority of our preferred global macro indicators are holding well, and the mining sector still trades at a deep discount to the market. Metal prices already show strength, suggesting corporate earnings should soon follow.
Investment correlations that favored passive investment strategies are likely to break down while the bull market nears its end, favoring strong pickers. Look to emerging markets for some of the best opportunities.
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