"I am ultra-bearish about everything geopolitically. In an environment of money printing, we have to ask ourselves, how do we protect our wealth? ... Where do we allocate the money?"
"U.S. government bonds are junk bonds," Faber said. "As long as they can print, they can pay the interest. But another way to default is to pay the interest and principal in depreciating currency." (AK71: Yup, countries inflating their way out of hard times has been done before.)
Specifically, the problem in Faber's view is the loss of purchasing power as inflation whittles away the value of money. (AK71: I believe he is referring more to the US$ and also the Euro. The S$ has been strengthening and we are still seeing inflationary pressures but it would be much worse for the US$ and the Euro.)
If you print money, stocks will not collapse. (AK71: I am sticking to my plan like glue! Remember my plan?)
4. Emerging markets:
Faber's own stock portfolio is centered on dividend-paying Asian shares, particularly in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong. These include a variety of real estate investment trusts and utilities. (AK71: Honestly, I knew that he was a fellow investor in Hyflux Water Trust but I did not know that he is also into REITs! I like this. Stick to the plan!)
Faber is convinced that the price of gold will continue rising and that any pullback is a buying opportunity. And as a currency, Faber said gold should be held in its physical form and not in shares of gold miners or even exchange-traded funds. (AK71: I have recently replied to a reader that I feel that I am underinvested in gold and silver. However, being in Singapore and having S$ denominated assets, I feel much safer.)
Read complete article here.
1. Sleep well at night with a plan.
2. Hedging and precious metals.
3. Hyflux Water Trust: Privatisation.
4. Staying positive on S-REITs.