Tuesday, February 7, 2017

2017 Investment Themes

There are many prominent investment themes for 2017. Investment themes help investors understand the broader investment landscape based on historical performance of different asset classes and their current catalysts. This analysis helps in properly positioning one's portfolio to take advantage of the winds of change.

US Stock Market

SP500 and DJIA have experienced an amazing 1 year rally. Since Feb 2016, markets are up ~30%. With such a sharp rally, it won't be wrong to expect a sideways/downward market correction. Since corrections can come in different forms, sideways correction with time will help in digesting last year's gains just like a sharp fall in prices.

Lofty price levels can be supported by equally good earning numbers, which can provide further fuel for the rally. However, with the uncertain political dynamics in the U.S. we should be prepared for any sudden decline in the US stock prices like 1987 market crash - not a certainty but a word of caution.

Note: Next earnings will be reported in mid-April 2017

Emerging Markets

On the other hand, emerging markets finished a 5 year long correction in 2016. As US markets rallied, emerging markets corrected from 2011 to 2015. Since bottoming in 2016, emerging markets have rallied and looks like they have formed an inverted head and shoulders pattern. Once they breakout, emerging markets could go up to there 2011 highs. Therefore, this is an area to keep in mind.

Precious Metals

Gold had been declining since 2013. It bottomed in early 2016 and then rallied sharply. However, since mid-2016, Gold has again experienced a major pullback. However, we think that this pullback is a buying opportunity and would result in higher prices. 

Following chart shows a potential inverted head and shoulders pattern being formed by gold. Once this pattern is complete, gold can make an advance towards all-time highs around 1900. However, the first target would be to reach July 2016 highs. Therefore, gold is an area which one should keep on his/her radar for investment opportunities.

Precious metals are also influenced by the US dollar. US dollar has rallied very significantly over the last two years or so. Therefore, as the US Dollar corrects, it will provide fuel for a rally in the precious metals complex.


Bond have been in a long-term bull market. In fact, its one of the biggest bull markets in history of bond prices. However, the bond price cycles are turning and so are the prices. Now the question is whether the Bond Bull has ended or it still has some life left.

Bond prices started declining in mid 2016 and have reached a critical area. Prices should reverse to the upside soon or they will mark the end of the Bond bull, which can be disastrous for the debt-laden global economy. We will keep a tab on the Bond market to understand clues for the future of the US economy.

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