WEAKNESS IN PERSONAL SAVINGS MAY TRIGGER A FURTHER DROP IN THE STOCK MARKET | December 3rd, 2022 | $NUE $HZNP $PLUG $TELL $DIS $THO $MP $KSS $GL $WMT $TGT $GILD $AIG $ORI $USB $CNC $SH $GLD $SLV $SON $NEM $HLT $NXPI $DEN $GPS $FIVE $JPM $CMG $MSFT

Weekly summary in a paragraph

While Jay Powell’s speech lifted the stock markets on Wednesday, nothing really changed in the narrative or the course of action of the Fed. In fact, the positive labour data published on Friday poured cold water over this week’s rally. More critical data is expected over the next 10 days before the traditionally positive seasonality kicks in (aka “Santa rally”), hence caution is key.

The European stock market continues its sharp recovery, has risen +26.5% from the October 13th lows and has now overtaken the S&P500.

Asset classes weekly performance

This week the Dow gained +0.4% (-5.35% YTD) while the S&P500 rose +1.6% (-14.6% YTD, we are 1x short), the Nasdaq did better with a +2.4% gain (-26.6% YTD, we have a 3x inverse position) and the Russell 2000 added +1.4% (-15.95% YTD, we are 1x short). $Gold finished higher this week too and gained +2.7% (-1.83% YTD) while silver is the clear winner with its +8.4% spike (-2.46% YTD). $Oil recovered +7.2% (+7.99% YTD). The 20-y added +3.3% this week (-28.63% YTD). The European stock finished +2.1% higher (-13.74% YTD). The Euro recovered +0.9% on the USD (-7.94% YTD).

Weekly pitch

The US economy is 70% consumer-based hence savings are closely watched as any significant changes may constitute a stock market bell weather. The data published this week is concerning in this respect as the percentage of personal savings to disposable income fell to 2.3% which corresponds to levels not seen since 2005. This weakness in savings may affect earnings for Q4 2022 as well as earnings estimates for next year thereby resulting in a further drop in the US stock market.

Weekly Portfolio Update

Quite a few movements this week: we took profits on $FIVE (+3.7%) and $AJRD (3.6%). We initiated long positions on $PLUG, $HZNP $NUE and $TELL. Cash, precious metals and hedges amount to 43% in our portfolio (+1% compared to last week).

Top 5 Weekly Portfolio Performers

$FIVE +13.94% (Consumer-Discount/Variety)

$META +10.84% (Technology-Social Media)

$SBSW +9.99% (Precious Metals)

$FCX +8.26% (Basic Materials-Metal Ores)

$SLV +7.96% (Silver ETF)

Portfolio Asset Allocation

– Long stock positions 57% (reduced)

– Hedges 8%, though equal to 11% considering leveraged ETFs (reduced)

– Silver & Gold 4% (unchanged)

– Cash 31% (increased)

YTD Portfolio Performance

Our currency-adjusted YTD portfolio performance is -4.2% (excl. dividends) vs the European market loss of -5.7% (+1.5% European market beat, expressed in €) and the S&P500 loss of -14.57% (+2.4% US market beat, expressed in $).

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November 26th, 2022 | I am beating the market this year: are you? | $DIS $THO $MP $KSS $GL $WMT $TGT $GILD $AIG $ORI $USB $CNC $SH $GLD $SLV $SON $NEM $HLT $NXPI $DEN $GPS $FIVE $JPM $CMG $MSFT

Weekly summary in a paragraph

Thanksgiving week is statistically a positive week for the US market and characterised by low volume as trading desks are manned by junior staff. The festive sentiment has overshadowed the bad news about further Covid outbreaks which continue to pour in from China – it seems that only commodities are in sync, with further weakness observed in oil and copper to name two. There is also technical resistance ahead around the 4050-4100 area for the S&P500 which closed at 4026 this week.

The European stock market continued its recovery and has now risen 15.7% from the October 13th lows.

Asset classes weekly performance

This week the Dow gained +1.7% (-5.3% YTD) while the S&P500 rose +1.5% (-14.6% YTD, we are 1x short), the Nasdaq limited its gains to +0.7% (-25.9% YTD, we have a 3x inverse position) and the Russell 2000 lost -1.7% (-14.6% YTD, we are 1x short). $Gold recovered +0.3% (-4.15% YTD) while silver finished +2.8% higher (-6.32% YTD). $Oil tanked -4.9% (+6.48% YTD). The 20-y recovered +3.1% this week (-28.3% YTD). The European stock finished +1.6% higher (-15.7% YTD). The Euro recovered +0.8% on the USD (-6.08% YTD).

Weekly pitch

The performance of the S&P500 over the last 30 years is 9.2% annual return (excl. dividends) which means that a 10,000$ investment made in 1993 would have become 92,000$ today. You could say that this is very good especially if you stay invested and navigate both bull and bear markets. That is the argument of the Vanguards of the world and their ETF products. Successful investors manage to beat the market thereby increasing the average annual return. The power of compounding is immense if you think that a simple +2% year on year market beat would become 166,000$ for that same initial investment in 30 years and a whopping 397,000$ with a +5% market beat.

Weekly Portfolio Update

No movements in our portfolio this week. $DIS celebrated the return of Bob Iger as CEO with a +7.70% weekly gain helping the Dow and the S&P500 outperform the Nasdaq. Cash, precious metals and hedges amount to 42% in our portfolio.

Top 5 Weekly Portfolio Performers

$GPS +8.56% (Consumer-Apparel/Shoes)

$DIS +7.70% (Media-Diversified)

$FIVE +4.40% (Consumer-Discount/Variety)

$CHTR +3.66% (Telecom Services-Integrated)

$THO +3.61% (Building-Mobile Mfg./RV)

Portfolio Asset Allocation

– Long stock positions 58% (unchanged)

– Hedges 10%, though equal to 15% considering leveraged ETFs (unchanged)

– Silver + Gold 4% (unchanged)

– Cash 28% (unchanged)

YTD Portfolio Performance

Our currency-adjusted YTD portfolio performance is -5.0% (excl. dividends) vs the European market loss of -7.5% (+2.5% European market beat, expressed in €) and the S&P500 loss of -14.6% (+1.4% US market beat, expressed in $).

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November 19th, 2022 | Short-selling Visa and Mastercard: is that a joke or an obvious investment opportunity? | $SQQQ $MP $KSS $GL $WMT $TGT $GILD $AIG $ORI $USB $CNC $SH $GLD $SLV $SON $NEM $HLT $NXPI $DEN $GPS $FIVE $JPM $CMG $MSFT

Weekly summary in a paragraph

The enthusiasm that characterised the previous week market rally was quickly suppressed by this week’s trading as US markets finished generally lower. The earnings beat by $WMT and the earnings miss by $TGT support the narrative of the consumer needing to reduce spend in these inflationary times. The European stock market continued its reversal and would actually now be outperforming the S&P500 was it not for the YTD Euro weakness.

Asset classes weekly performance

This week the Dow gained a meagre +0.1% (-7.68% YTD) while the S&P500 lost -0.5% (-16.8% YTD, we are 1x short), the Nasdaq did worse by falling -1.5% (-28.76% YTD, we have a 3x inverse position) and the Russell 2000 lost -1.7% (-17.94% YTD, we are 1x short). $Gold gave up -1.1% (-4.78% YTD) while silver finished -3.5% lower (-10.32% YTD). $Oil tanked -9.8% (+6.48% YTD). The 20-y recovered +1.1% this week (-32.3% YTD). The European stock market outperformed the US market indices and finished +0.8% higher (-16.59% YTD). The Euro lost -0.4% to the USD (-8.21% YTD).

Weekly pitch

If inflation imposes an immediate burden on the consumer, credit card debt is its long-term yoke. Credit card debt default rates have been increasing since Q2 2021 and while they are way below the highest levels seen in this bull market cycle, they are expected to go up. The next quarterly print is due next week. Most investors typically focus on the long side, even in bear markets, but sometimes investment opportunities are on the short side: credit card debt defaults may offer such an opportunity even if it means shorting stock market darlings like Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

Weekly Portfolio Update

We sold three positions: $KSS (+3.4%), $MP (+4.2%) and $GL (+13.47%). We increased cash and hedges, in other words our profit-taking did not go back into more investments, at least for now. Cash, precious metals and hedges now amount to 42% in our portfolio.

Top 5 Weekly Portfolio Performers

$GPS +11.32% (Consumer-Apparel/Shoes)

$WMT +5.37% (Consumer-Major Discount Chains)

$AJRD +4.36% (Aerospace)

$GL +3.66% (Insurance)

$SQQQ +3.29% (3x inverse the Nasdaq)

Portfolio Asset Allocation

– Long stock positions 58% (reduced)

– Hedges 10%, though equal to 15% considering leveraged ETFs (increased)

– Silver + Gold 4% (increased)

– Cash 28% (increased)

YTD Portfolio Performance

Our currency-adjusted YTD portfolio performance is -5.6% (excl. dividends) vs the European market loss of -8.4% (+2.8% European market beat) and the S&P500 loss of -16.8% (+3.0% US market beat).

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November 12th, 2022 | Zero earnings growth for 2023: is this week’s rally short-lived? | $META $FTNT $THO $KSS $GLD $SLV $MP $GILD $AIG $GL $USB $ORI $AJRD $NEM $FCX $DIS

Weekly summary in a paragraph

A mildly positive inflation data point on Wednesday was all it took to send the global stock markets higher and induce weakness in the US dollar. I don’t want to be the Cassandra of the situation here, but one month on month data point does not seem enough to justify a reversal of the general trend though technical analysis would suggest further strength ahead at least in the short term.

It was an even stronger week for the European stock market which was further amplified by strength in the Euro.

Asset classes weekly performance

This week the Dow gained +4.1% (-7.2% YTD) while the S&P500 went +5.6% higher (-16.2% YTD, we are 1x short), the Nasdaq skyrocketed +8.0% (-29.0% YTD, we have a 3x inverse position) and the Russell 2000 gained +4.6% (-16.7% YTD, we are 1x short). $Gold rose +5.2% (-4.4% YTD) while silver finished +3.6% higher (-7.2% YTD). $Oil gave up -4.0% (+18.3% YTD). The 20-y recovered +3.9% this week (-33.7% YTD). The European stock market outperformed the US market indices and finished +9.6% higher (-19.2% YTD). The Euro recovered as much as +4.0% relative to the USD (-11.5% YTD).

Weekly pitch

As most of the S&P500 companies have reported Q3 earnings, there is now sufficient data to update earnings forecasts. This week Goldman Sachs revised their S&P500 earnings forecast to the downside ($224 USD) to conclude that they now expect zero earnings growth for 2023. Because stocks follow earnings and earnings expectations, investors will now have to look to 2024 (current estimate is $237 hence +6% compared to ’22 and ‘23) to justify staying invested on the long side.

Weekly Portfolio Update

We initiated three new positions on $NEM, $KSS, and $USB which are already profitable trades. We have also increased our position in gold: if dollar continues its weakness this will send its price higher. Cash, precious metals and hedges were reduced to 37% in our portfolio which rose +2.77% this week.

Top 5 Weekly Portfolio Performers

$META +24.49% (Technology-Social Media)

$FTNT +19.17% (Technology-Software-Security)

$THO +17.38% (Building-Mobile Manufacturing/RV)

$DUE.DE +15.52% (Industrial – Germany)

$KSS +15.24% (Consumer-Dept. Stores)

Portfolio Asset Allocation

– Long stock positions 63% (increased)

– Hedges 9%, though equal to 14% considering leveraged ETFs (unchanged)

– Silver + Gold 4% (increased)

– Cash 24% (decreased)

YTD Portfolio Performance

Our currency-adjusted YTD portfolio performance is -2.2% (excl. dividends) vs the European market loss of -7.7% (+5.5% market beat).

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