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With various financial markets in the decline, we are now in “risk-off” mode, and the key idea is to play defensive, not offensive.
In this week’s special edition, I have done a comprehensive comparative analysis of various asset classes, as well as various stock sectors, to see which are the leaders and laggards.
And most importantly, I have also shared my full current portfolio allocation, and my strategic reasons for such an approach.
So far, it has worked pretty well, giving me a YTD positive return, while most financial markets are in the red.
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For our weekly market wrap, we go through some of the trade calls and analysis from last week, which gives us valuable insights for the week ahead.
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Currently, this is quite a defensive portfolio given the current market conditions, and had managed to stay positive even as most markets have crashed this year.
? Bulk of returns come from yield farming, which gives about 60% returns.
? About 44% is in cash, which is ready to be deployed once the crash is over and the dust has settled.
? Still bullish on crypto and commodities in the long term.
? Net short on stocks since they are currently in a downtrend. As stocks continue to fall, I will reduce the commodities allocation as well, because it will be the next in line to fall.
Comparison of various asset classes for 2022 (YTD):
? GCC (commodities ETF) is my best performer, up about 25% this year, and up about 50% from last year lows.
? Have closed and taken profits on my TLT (bonds) short position, which has dropped about 15% this year, and about 30% from last year highs.
? Tech related ETFs like 3067 (China tech), METV (Metaverse), ARKG, ARKK are some of the worst performers this year. I currently hold a small percentage of ARKK and ARKG, buying in small amounts as they drop further.
? I have hedged by shorting main stock indices like US100 and US500, so overall I am net negative in stocks. The reason for this is I feel high growth stocks have already dropped about 70% from ATHs, whereas NASDAQ 100 and S&P 500 have only dropped about 20+% from ATHs.
? Some of my other stock ETFs are doing ok, like PPA (weapons) and CIBR (cybersecurity).
Going forward, will need to be more selective in picking the right asset class and even sub asset class.
Forex Market Highlights
With stock markets crashing, it is now back to “risk-on” mode, where flight to safety to gold and USD occurs. (Correction: Should be “risk-off” mode.)
Commodities Market Highlights
Following up on GCC, it has broken out of the symmetrical triangle and started to head up.
Stock & Bond Market Highlights
Comparing the various stock sectors within the US stock market, from top to bottom:
XLE = energy (+37.81%)
XLU = utilities
XLP = consumer staples
XLB = materials
XLV = healthcare
XLRE = real estate
XLI = industrial
XLF = financial
US500 = S&P 500
XLY = consumer discretionary
XLK = technology
XLC = communication services
XBI = biotech (-29.70%)
Many stock counters have started making new lows, or are very close, such as:
Many of these would be good short trades, alternatively you can just short the stock indices.
On the other end, the strongest stocks on my list are:
– Johnson & Johnson
– Coca Cola
Seems like the tech stocks are the ones getting slaughtered, whereas those more related to consumables or retail services are doing better.
Product: US Stock Index
Name: NASDAQ 100
Analysis: Following up on the Nasdaq, prices have continued to fall as predicted, which is why I am currently net short on stocks.
I won’t be surprised if prices test the previous swing low or make new lows, so I won’t be going long until the strong bearish momentum comes to a stop.
EP: 14689, or on pullbacks
Crypto Market Highlights
Following up on Ethereum (ETHUSD), it has pulled back to the $3000 level as predicted, and when it recently tried to break lower, price was immediately rejected and it closed back above $3000.
This is a bullish sign, and may be a good signal that the short-term trend is turning bullish, and ready to resume moving upwards.
Analysis: Following up, Ethereum is trading in a small range hovering around the $3000 support.
From here, I see 2 possible scenarios:
1. Break out from here and head up
2. Break down to test the $2800 level near the trendline support, before heading up.
At this point, I would still be net long, but reduce/hedge my positions slightly so that I can buy more should it dip down to $2800.
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