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Strengthen Your Portfolio with Real Assets

As we head into the second half of the year, it’s essential to keep an eye on real assets. Real asset prices provide clues to what’s happening in the global economy and can provide valuable insight. If commodity prices start to fall, it could indicate that a recession is on the horizon, or simply that we’re seeing a pullback in a long bull market cycle.

Commodities are a volatile asset class, for which corrections of 20%-40% are common. The current drop in commodity prices and commodity-related stocks is one such correction. 

Whenever the $USD rolls over and begins to fall, the next leg up in this significant commodities bull market will begin. We have stocks in a bear market, more Fed tightening on the way and inflation at 8%. On top of that, we have monetary policy that has caused stocks and bonds to sell off together—a development not seen since the 1990s.

What instruments are we watching right now?

Inflation may pose the biggest economic threat now. The economy is likely to test the boundaries of stagflation, although we are not discounting the potential for recession in the coming months either. We can safely say we are in a regime of lower growth and higher inflation, with CPI on tap.

June’s CPI print is projected to come in at 8.8%, according to median Wall Street Journal forecasts. This would mark an uptick from May’s 8.6% and is the exact opposite of what most investors and consumers are hoping to see. The only sign of cooling in the current June projections comes on the core CPI front, which will be released on Thursday and strips out energy and food costs.

Given these clues about stagflation, we think it makes sense to overweight tangible assets relative to bonds in your portfolio. Investors need to be nimble and position their portfolios accordingly to weather the inflationary storm. Commodity prices, on balance, should regain their uptrend shortly if we look at historical price volatility. Market volatility and rising inflation can erode purchasing power, and these factors should consider allocations in tangible assets. Alternative investments have become an essential part of portfolios, and if you do not have tangible assets within your asset allocation, even a tiny percentage, I would tell you that you need to buy some tangible assets now. 

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ETF Summary

S&P 500 (SPY): 372-386 new trading range to watchRussell 2000 (IWM): 170 support must holdDow (DIA): 307 support and needs to clear 315Nasdaq (QQQ): Looking heavy unless it clears 297KRE (Regional Banks): 56 the 200-WMA, 60 resistanceSMH (Semiconductors): 200 now interim support, 210 resistanceIYT (Transportation): 211.90 support with resistance at 220IBB (Biotechnology): 129.50 resistance, 117 supportXRT (Retail): 60.75 the 200-WMA, 57.50 support

Mish Schneider

MarketGauge.com

Director of Trading Research and Education

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