I’d like to add some context to my previous commentary. I’ve stated before that I believe we are in a revitalized global boom, the progress of which was seriously damaged by the financial crisis we barely survived. I first made this prediction, and its future impact on resources (or commodities) many years ago in my first book. Below is a quote from the book:
“The global demand for resources is beginning to improve, the Far East is growing again, and over the past year, commodity prices are heading in the right direction – as is to be expected at the start of a global economic boom.” This quote is from Resources Rock – How to Invest in and Profit from the Next Global Boom in Natural Resources, by Malvin Spooner (me) with Pamela Clarke (Insomniac Press, 2004).
Okay, I’m boasting – but I figure since hardly anyone at all read the book, I’m entitled.
The point however, is that the ‘play’ if you want to call it that in the sector is hardly a new phenomenon. In fact, it wasn’t even a new phenomenon when this fellow published his book and sold millions of copies. True ‘maverick’ investors look for the ‘next’ great thing, as they divest themselves of the ‘last’ great thing. Seven years later, trading in commodity stocks (and commodities) continues to be rampant…..but for pennies. The big bucks are to be made elsewhere. It’s not easy to figure out where that will be, but my new book is devoted to helping folks understand (not because I’m smarter, but because I’ve been burned over many years of experience) where it won’t be. What to avoid at a point in time is easier to identify than what to buy.
The best chart I ever drew is scanned (from my first Resources Rock book) below. I apologize that it’s tough to read but to reproduce it would be painstaking. I suppose if enough of you asked me to I’d do it. It shows how investors (clients of you investment advisors) behave – opposite of course to what they should be doing.
You can see points identified by #12, 13, & 14 (click on image to make it bigger) which are when an investment (any investment pretty much, a stock, stock market, bonds, real estate) has gotten so bad that the ‘herd’ is fed up then it’s likely a good place to start looking for opportunities. Whole sectors looking like this are a beacon to light up new market leadership in the making.