Thursday, December 2, 2010

Marc Faber's December Outlook

. Thursday, December 2, 2010

By stockOzone team

Marc Faber is out with his latest report which discusses his outlook for stocks, bonds, commodities, gold, and the dollar. Here are a few high lights:

Equity Markets

Last month, Faber was somewhat cautious on US stocks, saying that sentiment was overly bullish and vulnerable to a correction. So far, we have seen a slight decline in stocks as the QE euphoria fades and worries mount in the PIIGS. Faber thinks the correction could continue as things in Europe worsen. However, he does not expect the market to fall below the 1010-1050 range on the S&P 500 because of the Bernanke. Of all the developed markets, Faber likes Japan the most. He thinks a declining yen will help Japanese equities. Furthermore, Japan is under owned by institutions.

Emerging Markets

Those who are investing in emerging markets are late to the party. The market has mostly priced emerging markets to perfection, which makes further gains difficult. Faber favors frontier markets (especially those levered to natural resources) whose valuations are more favorable. Faber even likes developed markets (US, Europe, Japan) more than he likes emerging markets right now.

Gold & Silver

Faber still likes gold and continues to accumulate ounces, but he says a correction to $1200 would not surprise him. Gold bull market remains intact as the majority of individual investors and institutions remain under invested.

Bonds

Continues to hate US government bonds.The risk versus reward is not favorable as Faber does not believe bond yields will make new lows. However, he does like Russian and Central Asian corporate bonds, even though he expects interest rates to rise in the future.

Currencies

Euro is going down against the dollar and will likely fall further because of the EU debt crisis. Generally, a higher dollar leads to lower stock prices. Long-term the dollar will weaken but for now it continues to benefit as the world reserve currency.

Overall, Faber expects world equity markets to remain well supported in the medium-longer term because people have nowhere else to put their money. Once bond yields start to rise, all of those people who piled into bonds will redeploy funds into equities. Also, all of those people sitting in cash are getting tired of zero percent returns and equities make the most sense.

Disclosure: Author does not own any of the stocks discussed here.





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