Are You Biased Towards Trends In 2010?

| December 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

Here comes the New Year!  This is the last Dynamic Wealth Report for 2009.  Everyone at Hyperion Financial wants to wish you all a happy and prosperous 2010!

It’s a good time to take a look at some upcoming trends…

When looking at these upcoming trends, we want to remain open to all the possibilities.  What I mean is, we don’t want to create a strong “bias” in one way or another.

When you create a strong bias towards what you “think” will happen, you stop being open to all the possibilities of the current moment.  If an opportunity arises that’s opposite to your bias, you’re likely to miss it.

Why?

Because the current market information doesn’t support your bias. Therefore you subconsciously ignore it.

That’s why I say we want to “take a look” at some possible trends.  I don’t say, “This is the upcoming trend and it’s going to work this way or else…”

One fundamental trend looking promising is that of agricultural stocks.  Here’s why…

Global demand for wheat, corn, soybeans, and other Ag commodities is set to rise.  Producers of these commodities use fertilizers to promote plant growth.  Higher demand for the commodity means higher demand for the components of production (fertilizer).

Companies such as Mosaic (MOS), Potash (POT), and Agrium (AGU) are all fertilizer producers.

You could make investments in these individual stocks.  But be careful… volatility in these stocks is relatively high.  If you get on the wrong side of a big move down, you could get shaken out for a big loss.  A safer way to play this upcoming trend is with the Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF (MOO).

MOO holds a basket of Agribusiness stocks with exposure to the fertilizer industry.  MOS and POT are both included in the MOO ETF.  Investing in an ETF exposes you to less single stock risk.

The oil services industry, another promising trend for 2010 and beyond…

Don’t get fooled into thinking green technologies are about to replace oil.  Should we be pushing innovation towards new technologies?  Absolutely, our future depends on it.

But the fact remains… oil is the lifeblood of the world economy.  It’s going to remain that way until new technologies can be scaled up to match the cost efficiency of oil.  Unfortunately, we’re still quite a few years away.  The sooner it comes, the better…

Until then, companies servicing the oil industry such as Transocean (RIG), Atwood Oceanics (ATW), and Baker-Hughes (BHI) should see constant demand growth.  (That is, as long as the world economy continues to come out of the recent “recession”.)

What’s the best way to take advantage of this trend?

You could always invest in individual oil service companies like the ones mentioned above.  Just be sure to do your own due diligence…

Or you could take a look at the iShares Dow Jones U.S. Oil Equipment & Services ETF (IEZ).  The IEZ is a basket of stocks focused on the oil services industry.  It holds stocks such as Diamond Offshore (DO), Schlumberger (SLB), and Halliburton (HAL).

Keep an eye on these trends going into 2010…

Their fundamental stories are likely to push them higher.  Consider adding them to your portfolio on pullbacks to key support levels.

But like I mentioned above, be open to all the possibilities the market has to offer.  A big news event can change market sentiment in a heartbeat.  Being “biased” in one direction or another can cause you to miss other opportunities.

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Justin Bennett is the editor of Commodity ETF Alert, an investment advisory focused on profiting from the ebb and flow of important commodities via ETFs. The commodity veteran and options specialist is also a regular contributor to the Dynamic Wealth Report. Every week, Justin shares his thoughts with our readers on a variety of commodity-related topics. Justin is also a frequent contributor to Commodity Trading Research’s free daily e-letter. And he’s the editor of another highly successful and popular investment advisory, the Options Profit Pipeline.

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