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National Georaphic – Great Wall of China (Emerging Markets)

Trends, Wars, & YOUR Money

Investors411 has followed 3 or 4 major investment trends over the last decade - Globalization, Peak Oil, Spread the Wealth & The Great Recession (the later needs some revision).  Global politics and events have impacted these trends and therefore investment choices.

  • Fall 2008s financial meltdown proved again Free markets need regulations or they form boom and bust cycles . Even, arguably, the #1 proponent of self regulating free markets Alan Greenspan admitted he was wrong
  • Working middle class taxpayers in the USA and around the world bailed unregulated markets with stimulus, packages, printing money, TARP programs, taxes , etc. This was socialism for the rich . It further expanded the gulf between the rich and poor in many countries.
  • Emerging markets have kicked our asses as far as growth is concerned for almost a decade. Globalization and Spreading the Wealth to a growing, not shrinking, working class were the primary causes behind this.
  • Most emerging markets have a managed or planned economy vs. our more unregulated economy. Few emerging markets were involved in highly speculative trading vehicles (example – Credit Default Swaps)

More recent events impacting trends.

  • Wars - The US weapons budget has exploded over the last decade to the #1 budget sector and to @ 50% of the world spends on weapons. Obama has increased the weapons budget and the secret war in Pakistan is no longer a secret.
  • Trade war brewing – Relationship between the world’s #1 economy and the world’s fastest growing economy is souring. Check out NYT’s stories on China over last few months
  • China – has moved to defuse a growing housing (people moving to cities for better jobs) and a possible  inflation bubble before it pops. Decent month old editorial on this. Remember Chinese banks did NOT sell credit default swaps on housing, so this housing bubble is not as sever as USA’s. But, this is still a serious problem.
  • JOBS – While the job losses have declined in the USA from -700,000 to @ -50,000 a month, we increased last month. Obviously US jobs over the last decade have been lost to globalization and consumers in the USA are now saving more. Considering the above 3 bullet points its hard to see stimulus plan alone keep this figure from flattening or falling. (more later)

Bottom Line – Let’s try to be as objective as possible and look at the technicals. In this case, the chart of either the FXI (China) or EEM (Emerging Markets)

Both charts are similar, but China (FXI ) is a little more sever. Notice how fast they exploded in the first 1/2 of 2009 and that growth slowing in the last 1/2. Now for the first time the 50 day moving averages are heading down . In fact China is trading below its 200 day moving average. The countries led us out of recession (Indonesia, Brazil, India, & China never even entered a recession)

It certainly looks like growth has peaked and emerging markets are now in a correction phase.

KISS & Stocks (Keep It Simple Stupid)

If you don’t understand a term look in up at dictionary


Index Percentage Volume
Dow -0.26% down
NASDQ +0.04% down
S&P500 -0.55% down
Russell2000- -0.55% -

Investors411 record – 5 years of beating benchmark S&P 500 and almost all major US indexes

Technicals, Fundamentals & Analysis

See Positions , Strategy , and Overview for changes made over weekend.

US Markets basically held onto the significant gains of the last two days – an oversold bounce. Holding onto gains = short term Bullish

CSCO – again had a great earning report and is putting 2000 to 3000 new people to work.

Hard to see a major  move in stocks in front of – The Monthly jobs report t on Friday Each of these reports becomes more and more important.  In November we reached positive job growth (+6,000 ). But this is looking like retailers hiring folks for Christmas buying season.

Best Read of Tea Leaves – You’re NOT going to be happy with the jobs numbers.

Significant indexes

  • McClellan Index at -32,18 = We’ve pulled way back from -90 or oversold levels two days ago. Over -60 + Oversold
  • BDI – This chart shows the Baltic Dry Index (scroll down) , a measure of shipping costs, Has broken through a major month long  support level at @ 3000 and is keeps falling. Yesterday the BDI closed at  2673.= Bearish However the rate of decline is SLOWING and this almost always indicates at least a short term reversal.


The  Positions Section (also at top of blog) has the latest buys and sells (Usually updated over weekends – will try to update last few weeks today) – These are positions I actually own


Thanks to 5 of you who sent in suggestions fo r Stock Watch Lis t!

ETF’s – were still 6% FXI (China), 10% EWZ (Brazil), & 10% MOO (Agriculture) – Since we have rallied would consider selling  another 5% (hopefully in a rally – which seems unlikely today)

Long Term Outlook = NEUTRAL


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