Things Over Paper-Why Real Assets are Best

July 18, 2022

Mish's Daily

By Mish Schneider


In today's economy, investing in assets that will hold their value to or near the rate of inflation is more important than ever.

These types of investments offer protection from inflation and can provide a hedge against other economic downturns.

You don't have to be a financial expert to know that stocks and bonds are down double digits this year, and inflation is at record highs not seen since November 1981.

However, it would help if you had some expertise in investing in volatile commodities in terms of timing, position sizing, and risk management.

I thought I would recap a few of the alternative assets highlighted in my daily over the last few weeks.

I previously wrote about higher natural gas prices, the upside in the sugar market, and the benefits of real assets in a stagflationary environment.

I also wrote about the U.S. dollar's strength and potential decline.

Commodities have been volatile in recent months, but the overall trend has been higher. The euro, as a result of their energy crisis, has been under pressure recently.

Investors are flocking to the dollar as Europe braces for a bigger energy crisis in the Fall. Natural gas prices are projected to rise much further. Given these clues about stagflation, it makes sense to overweight real assets relative to bonds in your portfolio.

There is no doubt that natural resources are in high demand around the globe. Prices for commodities like sugar, natural gas, and copper have risen sharply and fallen back in recent weeks.

We are bullish on copper long-term as we understand that the world is electrifying, and the tight market fundamentals support much higher copper prices.

Furthermore, we will be paying close attention to the guidance given by companies in the energy, materials, and industrial sectors.

Many pundits are calling for deflationary shocks and do not understand that commodities will skyrocket in stagflation and in war time.

Commodity prices, on balance, should regain their uptrend shortly if we look at historical price volatility as a gauge.

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ETF Summary

S&P 500 (SPY) 372-390 trading range-we are in one

Russell 2000 (IWM) 170 support must hold 176.50 resistance

Dow (DIA) 307 support and needs to clear 315

Nasdaq (QQQ) Looking heavy unless it clears 297

KRE (Regional Banks) 56 the 200 WMA 60 resistance

SMH (Semiconductors) 200 support 220 resistance

IYT (Transportation) 211.90 support with resistance at 220

IBB (Biotechnology) 129.50 resistance 117 support

XRT (Retail) 60.75 the 200-WMA now support

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