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The one sentence that sums up how to position portfolios for the next decade. Plus, why this week’s tech wreckage bodes ill for all investors

BofA Securities investment strategist Michael Hartnett tried to provide all the advice investors will need for the next decade in a single sentence in his weekly Flow Show report. Namely, “historic government bond losses reflect a new secular reality, but long-term yields on cash, commodities, small caps, value stocks are just starting to rise, while U.S. equities and tech stocks are just starting to underperform over the long term.”

The strategist’s usual chip writing style gives us a lot to cover in a few words. The first part of the sentence, indicating that the 30-year fixed income bull market is over, probably signals the biggest change in the investment landscape. On the one hand, a sustained rise in borrowing costs (domestic bond yields historically track U.S. yields closely) makes it highly unlikely that Canada’s favorite asset class – real estate – will be as lucrative, or even profitable. , in the years to come.

Mr. Hartnett’s next assertion that cash is entering a period of strong relative performance is worrying. Cash yields are still low and cash outperformance means mediocre to poor performance for the major asset classes of stocks and bonds. It also implies that there won’t be many places where investors can hide losses.

The prediction of an outperformance of commodities is much more welcome for domestic investors. The energy sector’s marked outperformance so far in 2022 – the S&P/TSX Energy Index climbed 36.4% vs. the S&P/TSX Composite Index’s loss of 6.3% TSX – suggests that this process may have already begun, although industrial metal prices remain far from their peaks.

It would take a brave investor to buy small-cap stocks in today’s high market volatility, but Hartnett thinks they should outperform as large-cap stocks pull back.

The last three predictions – value stocks are expected to outperform while US stocks and tech stocks underperform – are all related. In summary, tech stocks, which dominate the S&P 500 and the growth stock universe thanks to their enormity, are set for a long period of underperformance reminiscent of the early 2000s and early 1960s. (J ‘ve posted the relevant BofA graphic on social media here).

Buying tech stocks on a downturn could be a tough habit to break. Analysis of BofA client purchases over the previous week indicated that tech stocks attracted the most investor interest among the 11 major sectors.

The shift from falling to rising rates, growth in value, and the end of the US outperformance relative to the rest of the world’s markets will leave few of the investment trends of the past decade untouched. Investors will have time to absorb the new leadership but should keep an open mind to unfamiliar trends.

— Scott Barlow, Globe and Mail Market Strategist

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Cameco Corp. (CCO-T) The Contra Guys bought shares of the Canadian uranium miner in 2019 as part of a contrarian bet – and it has worked out very well for them. But now they have just sold their remaining shares. The first reason was valuation. When the last shares were sold last month, the stock was trading at its highest level since 2011, the price-to-sales ratio was at its highest level since 2010 and the price-to-book ratio had not been as raised from before. the financial crisis. Not only was Cameco expensive relative to where it had historically traded, but it was high relative to its peers and the market. There were other reasons too, as Contra writer Philip MacKellar explains.

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