It's only the second month of 2020, and the world has already averted a nuclear world war, and now we are at odds with a world epidemic better known as the Coronavirus.
Global economic growth will continue to be negatively affected as the virus spreads throughout the world with Italy and South Korea among the latest countries to report new cases.
Here is a real-time dashboard of events and confirmed cases by region around the world hosted by the Centre for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
The EasyResearch how-to guide.
At the start of 2020, EasyResearch posted an exceptional piece titled “The Beef's guide to Safeguard your portfolio” in turbulent times and the Wuhan virus is no exception.
So, in case you missed it here are some excerpts from the research note:
“I have discussed Rand Hedges in previous notes, so let’s take a closer look at safe havens and what you could add to your portfolio as protection against market turmoil.”
“You might have heard the investment term "safe haven" before and might listen to it again this year, but a safe haven is an investment that is expected (not guaranteed) to increase in value during times of market turbulence like we see now. So, in laymen's terms, while most assets are decreasing in value safe havens retain or increase in value throughout uncertainty.”
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Diversify, diversify, diversify………
Tech stocks have been heading higher over the last couple of years, and with the fourth industrial revolution in full swing, one does not want to give up all those gains. That's why diversifying one's portfolio is vital. The essence of diversification is to protect or curb losses your portfolio will endure in times of uncertainty as we see now.
Safe havens like Gold have become even more sought after as reports of the coronavirus intensify. The spreading of this deadly disease throughout the world has seen stock markets across the globe move lower, and the JSE is no exception.
Luckily all is not lost and here are some sectors and instruments to consider:
Exchange Traded Products (ETPs)
Exchange traded products like ETFs and ETNs offer a vast and cost-effective way of tracking the performance of a market, whether it be Gold, Oil, the S&P500 or Bonds.
ETFs: Some of the noteworthy Exchange Traded Funds to include are the ABSA NewGold ETF (GLD) and the Satrix ILBI Portfolio ETF (STXILB).
ETNs: The Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs) worth mentioning are the Silver Commodity LinkerETN (SBAS1) as Silver usually follows Gold’s trajectory. The ABSA New Wave USD ETN (NEWUSD) is another new instrument to use in time of uncertainty. The U.S Dollar is also a safe haven in times of uncertainty, and this ETN will gain in value as the Rand depreciates against the U.S Dollar.
The gems mentioned in the previous research note have continued to move higher as participation in Gold and Gold stocks continues to move higher.
Gold stocks to look at would include but are not limited to Gold Fields Limited (GFI), up 24% in the last month, DRD Gold Limited (DRD) and Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (HAR) increased 23% and 16% respectively over one month.
Ultimately the markets will be affected the more prolonged the virus drags on as we have seen recently, so take care and educate yourself on the different investment options you have to your disposal.
Source – EasyResearch, Centre for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University
Take note all pricing and performance was taken on 24/02/2019.
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