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LONG TERM PORTFOLIO STRATEGY continues to be hunkering down until this big storm passes. I expect that to be longer than most government and Wall Street economists and market strategists believe or at least publicly state. Publicly state because we all know that bearish Wal Street analysts and economists ultimately get fired and that in the aftermath of the dot.com bubble bursting, we got some theretofore hidden insight into what analysts really think. I see widely-followed, economist Nouriel Roubini, formerly holding various high level economic advisory positions in government, believes the US and European economies are now sinking as last Friday he said Wall Street was in spin mode and that financial institutions are “… manipulating at will their earnings, and analysts [are] falling for this supreme baloney.”
NEAR TERM PORTFOLIO STRATEGY depends more on whether this two-week, fledgling rally proves it has legs or not. I’m using as a key gauge whether the Dow and S&P are able to close above their last Wednesday’s closing highs, Dow 11,632.40 and S&P 1282.19. If these key indices close higher, then we will have the definition of a new up trend in place, a series of higher lows and higher highs. Strategy then will be to favor the long side but with say with no more than 50% at most market exposure. Planning on a modest summer rally for a month or two, with strategy being trying to scalp some short term profits.
AS FOR INCOME INVESTORS, we’ve all gotten used to our income fixes after 25 years of income investing being easy during a bull market in bonds, meaning just riding the trend toward lower and lower long term rates, I know it’s a struggle for you all today. My best suggestion is to watch for weakness in income sectors, say in utilities, royalty trusts and even REITs, then strike. Only move in and in a small manner AFTER a sector has just been blasted. This gives you some profit buffer as primary extended downtrends many times have sharp sell offs after disillusioned investors finally give up hope and sell, right before they rally. This can get you in at unusually good prices, at least for the near and intermediate term.
INCOME IDEAS. Thus I would currently search through the utility sector as the Dow Utility Index has just fallen a sharp -8% over the last two weeks. Or take another look at my previous July 11th, 2008 two energy income recommendation Cross Timber Royalty Trust (CRT) and San Juan Basin Royalty Trust (SJT), both haven tumbled hard with crude. Both go ex-dividend tomorrow, meaning today’s the last day to get in to collect the substantial August dividend (both pay monthly). Or finally, revisit my other income recommendation, back on July 10th, 2008, of two large European pharmas, GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) AstraZeneca PLC (AZN) paying moderate dividend yields of 4.4% and 5.8% respectively. You need to buy GSK today to be entitled to this quarter’s dividend and buy AZN soon before it goes ex-dividend (not declared yet but last year it went ex on August 8th). Good income investing!
Have a great week!
07-28-2008 8:19 AM
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