I’m not your financial adviser but…

How are people getting their financial advice these days? After 3 years pretty much at home during covid I’m wondering how it all works now. You used to have some bloke at the pub giving you stock tips, now it’s all on Twitter? When I first started in the business I used to call up guys at investment banks who knew way more about finance than me and try to blag them into meeting me. Are people still doing that? Maybe you just dance on TikTok these days?

I don’t have as much time to write this blog as I used to, so I apologise for the big gap between posts. (I wasn’t exactly prolific before, I know) However, if you only have time to write once in a while it does sharpen you up somewhat. So let’s get to the point.

I’m not your financial adviser, but you really need to get things organised. I sound like your dad, don’t I? What are you going to do with your life??? Let’s try and boil it down to the basics. Where are we and what should you be doing?

As WBC’s go, I enjoyed the World Baseball Classic much more than I’m enjoying the World Banking Crisis, but at least we are learning some stuff. The US treasury backstopped the banks. That means everyone else is going to have to backstop their banks or all the money is going to flow to the US as the least risky jurisdiction. Liquidity bottomed in October. If you don’t know what that means, listen to this podcast. The stock market bottomed around then too. Inflation is unlikely to just go away, but the Fed has raised rates about as high as they can go. Maybe another 25 bps in May but that’s about it. That doesn’t mean they will start cutting. We could sit around the 5.25% mark for the rest of the year.

Whichever way you slice it, it doesn’t look good for the yen. I discussed that here. If you are holding yen and not planning to spend yen in the future then you need to seriously consider your options. Drop your phone number in the comments and I will happily call up and shout at you like your dad.

So what should you do? Well, I may have mentioned this before, but you need to figure out your base currency and have a diversified portfolio. Diversified means cash, bonds, equities, property, commodities and alternatives, allocated according to your risk profile. If you are smart, you will want to spice it up a little by taking a core/satellite approach. 70-80% goes into the diversified portfolio, that’s the core. The other 20-30% goes into satellites. The satellites you want to own in this environment are gold and bitcoin. If you think bitcoin is silly then just buy gold. Gold mining stocks are a leveraged play on gold – maybe toss some of those in too. Ideally, your diversified portfolio should be rebalanced once a year so it doesn’t grow three heads and deviate from your risk profile. Clear?

You can either:

  1. Do this yourself
  2. Get someone to help you to do it
  3. Pay an asset manager to do it for you (except maybe the bitcoin part)

Any combination of the above is fine. There’s no shame in wanting to spend your time doing other things and paying someone competent to take care of this for you. Just be aware that for number 3, you will probably need to work with a financial adviser to find the right product and not all financial advisers are the same. Some may not have your best interests at heart.

And that’s it – what was that, like a 3-minute read? I hope the weather forecast is wrong and it doesn’t rain all through cherry blossom season so you can get out and enjoy it. I’m not really going to call you up, but ask me anything, any time. Until next time!

Disclaimer: This should go without saying, but the information contained in this blog is not investment advice, or an incentive to invest, and should not be considered as such. This is for information only.

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