It can’t have escaped your notice that there’s an absolutely huge event happening next week. MoneyWeek’s 20th anniversary issue is out on Friday!
In it, we’ll be reporting on the outcome of a local election across the Atlantic (on which we may or may not have any real clarity by that point).
But more importantly, we’ll be looking at what might prove to be the biggest investment trends for the next 20 years. Everything from cryptocurrencies to quantum computing to hypersonic travel to the return of inflation, and much much more, along with some of the best ways to play those trends.
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We’ll also be releasing Merryn’s latest video interview with one of our favourite long-time contributors, a man who really understands how to spot promising investment trends. Keep an eye out for that – I’ll let you know when it’s out in Money Morning next week.
And finally, if you haven’t taken your chance to appear in the mag, this is your last opportunity – email us your answers to our five questions for 2040 and you could see your name in print. Check them out here. And if you don’t already subscribe - get your first six issues free here.
Some podcasts and videos for the weekend
In Merryn’s latest podcast, she speaks to Dennis Jackson and James Henderson of the Law Debenture Corporation about how the investment trust’s unusual structure works in its favour – and finds out what they’re buying now.
Meanwhile I joined The Week Unwrapped team for a very money-focused podcast – we discussed the “Attenborough effect” on green investing, TikTok’s move into e-commerce, and whether cryptocurrencies are finally coming of age. I really enjoyed doing this one, hopefully you’ll enjoy listening to it here.
On the video side, in our “too embarrassed to ask” series this week we went right back to basics – if you still don’t entirely understand what a share is, now’s the time to put that right. Get the answer in less than two and a half minutes here.
Here are the links for this week’s editions of Money Morning, in case you missed any.
- Monday: Why would you pay anyone for the privilege of lending them money?
- Tuesday: Being unpopular can make life easier for companies – just ask BP and HSBC
- Wednesday: The stars are lining up for bitcoin – make sure you own some
- Thursday: Companies are doing better than expected – but for how long?
- Friday: Why do house prices just keep marching higher?
- The weekly quiz: What do you recall of what went on in the money world last week?
Now for the charts of the week.
The charts that matter
It’s been a tricky week for most assets. Covid has clearly made a comeback and governments are reacting in a very similar way to last time – by locking down. We’re also in the home straight for the US election, which means there’s no chance of seeing any more “stimulus” packages from that direction until the election is over. The worry, of course, is that maybe this election won’t be over next week, because the result may not be clear, and it may well be disputed.
All of that made markets jittery and just about everything fell. Gold was no exception. It ended the week lower again. Why? Gold’s been driven by the same thing as most other assets in recent months – the hope for a lot more money printing. That said, gold also needed a break after its earlier strong run this year – so this is probably overdue as much as anything else.
(Gold: three months)
The US dollar index (DXY – a measure of the strength of the dollar against a basket of the currencies of its major trading partners) moved sharply higher. This is partly because the euro weakened against the US currency this week, as the European Central Bank paved the way for more money printing later in the year, as it lowered its forecasts for future growth.
(DXY: three months)
Even the Chinese yuan (or renminbi) weakened against the dollar this week (when the black line below rises, it means the yuan is getting weaker vs the dollar).
(Chinese yuan to the US dollar: since 25 Jun 2019)
The yield on the ten-year US government bond was little changed on last week, though still trending higher.
(Ten-year US Treasury yield: three months)
The yield on the Japanese ten-year stayed near 0% as is the Bank of Japan’s policy.
(Ten-year Japanese government bond yield: three months)
Meanwhile, the yield on the ten-year German bund slipped back again.
(Ten-year Bund yield: three months)
Copper fell a bit this week but remains very resilient compared to many other assets.
(Copper: nine months)
The Aussie dollar fell back as the US dollar strengthened.
(Aussie dollar vs US dollar exchange rate: three months)
Cryptocurrency bitcoin made further gains, as Dominic discussed in his piece earlier this week.
(Bitcoin: three months)
US weekly jobless claims fell again this week to 751,000, which was better than expected, and down from the 791,000 seen last week (which was revised slightly higher). The four-week moving average fell to 787,750, from 812,250 previously.
(US jobless claims, four-week moving average: since Jan 2020)
The oil price (as measured by Brent crude) tanked this week. The simple reality is that if we have a second lockdown, people don’t need as much oil. Hence the slide.
(Brent crude oil: three months)
Amazon fell alongside the wider market.
(Amazon: three months)
Electric car manufacturer Tesla fell sharply too.
(Tesla: three months)
Have a great weekend.
John is the executive editor of MoneyWeek and writes our daily investment email, Money Morning. John graduated from Strathclyde University with a degree in psychology in 1996 and has always been fascinated by the gap between the way the market works in theory and the way it works in practice, and by how our deep-rooted instincts work against our best interests as investors.
He started out in journalism by writing articles about the specific business challenges facing family firms. In 2003, he took a job on the finance desk of Teletext, where he spent two years covering the markets and breaking financial news. John joined MoneyWeek in 2005.
His work has been published in Families in Business, Shares magazine, Spear's Magazine, The Sunday Times, and The Spectator among others. He has also appeared as an expert commentator on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, BBC Radio Scotland, Newsnight, Daily Politics and Bloomberg. His first book, on contrarian investing, The Sceptical Investor, was released in March 2019. You can follow John on Twitter at @john_stepek.
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