If you’ve noticed more pronounced price swings in the market lately, that’s not just your mind playing tricks on you. After years upon years of relaxed trading, stocks have been jolted out of their slumber.
The volatility is a natural byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic and everything associated with it: a record-shattering economic pullback and sharp recovery, emergency central bank actions, the race for a working vaccine, and assorted political machinations befitting an election year — most notably talks around a new stimulus package.
Complicating matters further is that each of the four factors listed above is capable of moving the market on a given day. That’s why the Investing team at Business Insider has been on the hunt for guidance from the world’s top experts.
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At the forefront of our research has been what happens in different stimulus scenarios. To that end, one CIO has made it simple and pinpointed the sectors poised to outperform even if a bill isn’t passed until after the election.
We’ve also spoken to fund managers who are racing to capitalize on market upheaval. One expert who’s adjusting to the new normal of elevated volatility recently offered both strategies poised to outperform, and also single stocks he’s buying himself. Another stock-picker we interviewed is scouring downtrodden stocks for hidden gems — and broke down three bets he’s making.
Meanwhile, Citi’s US stock chief is eyeing the upcoming earnings season as the next driver of volatility. He thinks an “unstable” number of companies have bumped guidance higher, which could lead to near-term selling.
For more, see below Business Insider’s best Investing stories of the week, which include a wide array of additional recommendations, strategies, and tips for navigating uncertainty.
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Jerome Myers, the founder of The Myers Development Group and host of the “Multifamily Missteps” podcast, realized the power of real-estate investing after conducting a back-of-the-napkin calculation on the steps of his apartment complex.
After being rejected by loads of banks, Myers started fixing and flipping properties with a hard-money lender. When he acquired a business partner, Myers went full bore into multifamily apartment investing, leveraging a four-part strategy.
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Jerome Myers left corporate America to start real-estate investing and amassed a portfolio with over 90 units. He shares the 4-part strategy he’s using to chip away at his 1,000-unit goal.
US SPACs have raised $39 billion year-to-date and accounted for one-third of all US IPO activity since the start of 2019, according to Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research. The frenzy reached the ETF industry when the first US SPAC ETF — the Defiance Next Gen SPAC Derived ETF — started trading on October 1.
Paul Dellaquila, president of Defiance ETFs, breaks down why he believes a SPAC ETF can provide retail investors with access to IPOs once reserved only for institutional and high-net-worth investors.
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SPACs have generated a $39 billion frenzy in the US this year. The executive behind their first ETF explains how retail investors can use them to level the playing field with Wall Street titans like Warren Buffett.
Richard Dennis, a legendary commodities trader profiled in Jack Schwager’s classic “Market Wizards” series, got his start in trading by borrowing $1,600 from family. After a sizable loss, Dennis revisited his strategy, which he said was unrefined. He then stumbled upon a trend-following approach and stuck with it.
According to Schwager, he eventually turned that initial $1,600 capital injection into an estimated $200 million. Dennis shared with Schwager 13 trading rules that contributed to his success.
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Self-taught market wizard Richard Dennis took a $1,600 loan and turned it into an estimated $200 million. He shares the 13 trading rules that turned his performance parabolic.
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Chart of the week
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The chart above offers evidence that cries of an overvalued tech sector are overblown.
It shows that although tech companies currently makes up a historically large portion of the benchmark S&P 500, they’re also contributing more earnings than they were when the dot-com bubble burst. That suggests they’re not as vulnerable — and may even be living up to their enormous size.
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Quote of the week
“Investment banks, underwriters and high-net-worth people like Warren Buffett get to participate in hot IPOs like Snowflake and they got in at $120 a share. However, mom-and-pop investors and the average Joe got access to Snowflake at $240 a share and that’s just on the first day. So it doesn’t leave a lot of meat on the bones for individual investors to pay almost 100% premium on what high-net-worth investors got.”
— Paul Dellaquila, president of Defiance ETFs, outlining the disconnect at the heart of his firm’s recent fund launch, which aims to get retail investors in on hot SPACs