Expect the Unexpected in 2017
The new year begins... Expect the unexpected in 2017... The 'Trump Trade' continues... New 14-year highs for the U.S. dollar... A bottom in gold and silver?... 'Buy a house now!'... Must-see: Steve's '2017 Blueprint' for investors...
The new year is here...
We hope you and your families enjoyed the holidays... And we wish you the best in the coming year.
As for the markets, all we can say is 2017 promises to be interesting...
The 35-year bull market in bonds is teetering... Inflation is stirring around the globe for the first time in years... and President-elect Trump is pushing for the most sweeping economic and regulatory changes in a generation.
In short, some of the most important trends of the past several years – falling interest rates, deflation, and a heavy-handed government – could be reversing... and the coming year could look far different than many expect.
In the meantime, the first trading day of 2017 began much as 2016 ended...
The year-end "Trump Trade" – defined by rising stock prices, falling bond prices, and a stronger U.S. dollar – continued this morning.
All the major U.S. stock indexes opened higher. U.S. Treasury bonds opened lower. And the U.S. dollar hit a fresh 14-year high...
We continue to expect at least a short-term reversal in these trends. They're getting extremely stretched, and several measures of investor sentiment have reached levels that often precede a reversal.
Investors are growing incredibly bullish on stocks and the dollar, and incredibly bearish on bonds.
One trend that may have already reversed is in precious metals...
Like Treasurys, gold and silver are oversold. And folks who were enamored with gold and silver last summer are throwing in the towel. In fact, while gold, silver, and mining stocks remain well above last year's bear market lows, some measures of investor sentiment are even more bearish today than they were back then.
Yet both gold and silver quietly bottomed in mid-December and have been moving higher since.
Of course, this may not be "the bottom" in the recent correction... So keep an eye on your stops, particularly in more speculative vehicles. But we continue to believe a significant bottom is near, and precious metals could trade sharply higher in coming months.
Longtime Digest readers know Steve Sjuggerud has been extremely bullish on U.S. housing for more than six years now...
And he has been exactly right. Home prices are up significantly since 2011... And they've absolutely soared in some areas.
Given this trend, you might think it's too late to profit.
Not so, says Steve. In fact, he says housing is one of his top recommendations for the coming year.
Despite rising prices, Steve says housing in many areas (including his home state of Florida) is still incredibly cheap. But it may not stay that way much longer... So he's urging interested readers to take advantage of this opportunity as soon as possible. As he wrote in today's edition of our free DailyWealth e-letter...
Get to Florida and buy a house. Now. I'm not kidding. If you wait any longer, you might miss this opportunity. And believe me, you don't want to miss it. I've personally been buying real estate for years... But the opportunity isn't over. Not even close...
The median home value in Orlando, Florida is around $161,000, according to Zillow.com. And the median home value in Jacksonville, Florida is $144,000. I can't tell you that the median home in either of these places is the right home for you, but my point is that Florida real estate is still CHEAP.
Meanwhile, as Steve explained, the supply of new homes in Florida has barely recovered since the housing crisis 10 years ago...
Homebuilding in Florida has been incredibly slow for a very long time now. Take a look...
One of the most basic rules of economics is that prices rise when there's a lot of demand and not enough supply. So without enough supply, house prices should rise.
In addition, Steve noted that mortgage rates remain near historic lows, and the incoming Trump administration is likely to be incredibly friendly to real estate owners and investors.
In short, Steve says we still have a perfect setup in U.S. housing...
And he is urging investors to make owning real estate a top priority in 2017.
But housing is just one of six major opportunities Steve has identified for the coming year. In the January issue of his True Wealth advisory, he laid out his full "2017 blueprint," explaining exactly how to profit from each of them.
Again, we can't share Steve's specific investment recommendations here today. It simply wouldn't be fair to his subscribers. But you can get instant access to Steve's full 2017 blueprint with a 100% risk-free trial to True Wealth.
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New 52-week highs (as of 1/2/17): none (markets were closed in observance of New Year's Day).
We're kicking off 2017 with a little positivity in the mailbag. How did your portfolio fare in 2016? And what would you like to do better this year? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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"Porter, after completing my first year as a Stansberry Alliance member, I finally took your advice. I signed up for two years of Dr. Smith's TradeStops.
"I must admit my biggest downfall is position sizing and setting stops to get out of positions. To be frank, I suck at doing this. However, that is going to change effective two days ago. You see I had terrific gains in gold and silver positions but didn't use trade stop alerts to get me out in time. Yes, I did sell a few of them for profits, but I also left a lot on the table. The point is I would have been money ahead to buy Trade Stops early in 2016. Overall, I feel good about 2017 and am looking forward to the new Portfolio Solutions coming out in January. Happy New Year!" – Paid-up Stansberry Alliance member Bill L.
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"Porter, another year, another opportunity to learn from the best teacher. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience; I'm looking forward to the opportunity to thank you in person in Nicaragua next month. Regarding my Alliance membership, I will forever be in Jamison Miller's debt for his help getting me onboard. I'm hoping he'll be in Nicaragua next month as well. I'm very happy that our partnership is as good a deal for you as it is for me. I'm happy to report that I've been with Stansberry's Credit Opportunities and Stansberry Gold & Silver Investor since the beginning and am very pleased with our results! I'm also excited to see how our Big Trade ideas could work out.
"Thanks for the reminder of why being able to save money is so important. Both you and Dan Ferris do such a great job explaining why that piece is so critical to investing success. Like you mentioned, the ability to save is not enough unfortunately. We have to develop the skill to intelligently invest our savings. You've been an absolute blessing to my family and I in that regard. Please check in with the Metropolitan Man for his thoughts on 2017 when you can. His perspective was very interesting. Thank you for your continued dedication to your mission of giving us the same information you would want to know if the roles were reversed. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Porter. See you next month!
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January 3, 2017