In China’s latest PMI results,Â the country’s manufacturing grew at the fastest pace in five years. Is there really any doubt about China’s economic resurgence?
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) increased interest rates for the third consecutive month to 3.75%. Technically speaking, Australians never even experienced a recession!
Many a U.S. patriot may cite American ingenuity and “core economic strengths.” Indeed, many others express a desire to live in a country with more individual freedoms than anywhere on the planet. Nevertheless, a U.S.-centric investment approachÂ is riddled with risk.
At the “risk” of sounding unpatriotic, I’m going to reiterate what I’ve been saying all year long; that is, if I had to ownÂ stock ETFs forÂ one country, I’d use China ETFs.
It’s stillÂ unclear whether the U.S. can muster a sustainable economic recovery. It would require U.S. financial institutions to lend substantially to small businesses andÂ U.S. consumersÂ to spend copiously. Simply put, neither banks nor consumers may be in a position to do so.
In contrast, the middle class inÂ China andÂ in AustraliaÂ are thriving. And that means they have spending power as well asÂ investing power.
I’m not suggesting thatÂ China doesn’t face scrutiny from emerging market partners, or thatÂ Chinese real estate isn’tÂ frothy. I am saying that Small Cap China (HAO) has been a gift that keeps on giving.
In a similar vein, I don’t believe that Australia’sÂ currency nor its stock market will be ableÂ to handle an eventual unwinding of the U.S. dollar carry trade.Â Yet I do believe, as I have throughout most ofÂ 2009,Â that the CurrencySharesÂ Australia Dollar Trust (FXA) and iSharesÂ MSCI Australia (EWA) are big-time beneficiaries ofÂ the Fed’sÂ weakÂ U.S. dollar policy.
While there’s no way to predict the next significant wrench in world market spokes, it is hard to fathom rapid appreciation in the U.S. dollar at any time before April 2010. And even then…
With the Fed on hold and the dollar weak,Â worldwide investorsÂ are likely to continue favoringÂ the “thrivers.”Â Australia (EWA) and China Small Cap (HAO) still hold a spot on the marquee.
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