If you’re scanning financial news every day like we do, you can get sort of numb to the “the sky is falling” type of headlines.
Usually, it’s some well-known billionaire investor with a good track record exclaiming the bubble is about to burst and to run for the hills. But it rarely every happens.
Sure, they’ll be right at some point but they may have to wait months or years for their gloomy scenarios to play out.
These kinds of fear-based headlines sell because many investors are worried about what’s happened in the past – the financial crash, the rapid pandemic-led crash – instead of focusing on what’s working now – energy, financials, small cap value – as economic growth reaccelerates, and inflation keeps rising.
But this doom-laden headline comes from legendary investor Jim Rogers, so we’ll hear him out.
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Famed investor Jim Rogers has seen quite a few bear markets in the last half-century, but he fears the biggest one yet could be right around the corner.
“The next bear market will be the worst in my lifetime,” he predicted in an interview with financial advisory firm Wealthion.
To be sure, Rogers has been bearish on the U.S. stock market for years. But the multimillionaire does know a thing or two about making money in turbulent times.
Rogers co-founded the Quantum Fund with George Soros in 1973 — right in the middle of a devastating bear market.
From then till 1980, the portfolio returned 4,200 per cent while the S&P 500 rose 47 per cent.
Here are three assets he recommends keeping in your portfolio to ride out a coming crash — even if you’re just sprinkling some of your spare change on them.
Rogers has long been a fan of commodities, and silver is one of his favourites.
“The all-time high for silver is $50 an ounce; now it’s $23. Why can’t silver go back to its all-time high? That’s the way markets usually work.”
Some investors love silver because it can be a store of value and a hedge against rising interest rates and inflation.
At the same time, it’s widely used as an industrial metal. For instance, silver is a critical component in solar panels. So with increasing solar adoption, demand for the grey metal could get another boost.
Rising prices benefit miners, so some of the easiest ways to play a looming silver boom are through companies like Wheaton Precious Metals, Pan American Silver and Coeur Mining.
You can even build positions using digital nickels and dimes.
Unlike silver, which is trading at less than half its all-time high, copper is hitting new heights.
But Rogers continues to like copper for a very simple reason: electric vehicles.
“An electric car uses several times as much copper as a combustion engineering car, so there’s going to be huge demand for some of these metals that we didn’t have before.”
“Yes, it’s at all-time highs now, but electric cars are just getting started.”
As is the case with silver, investors can use copper miners to get exposure to the metal. Companies like Rio Tinto, Freeport-McMoRan and Southern Copper are well-positioned to capitalize on the copper boom.
To be sure, many copper miners have already enjoyed substantial rallies in their share prices. The Global X Copper Miners ETF is up over 80 per cent in the past 12 months.
“Unless we’re going to stop wearing clothes and eating food, agriculture is going to get better. If you really, really love it, go out there and get yourself a farm and you’ll get very, very, very rich.”
Indeed, farmland could be a great hedge because it’s intrinsically valuable and has little correlation with the ups and downs of the stock market.
Over the years, agriculture has been shown to offer higher risk-adjusted returns than both stocks and real estate.
While you may not be able to go out there and purchase a farm yourself, there are two farmland REITs (real estate investment trusts) available to investors:
Gladstone Land Corporation (LAND) and Farmland Partners (FPI). Agricultural fertilizer companies such as Mosaic, or agricultural machinery manufacturers like AGCO Corporation are similarly well-positioned.
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