A simple Google search of worldwide trends reveals commentaries about the end of globalization, the imminent surge of regionalism, and the implosion of the global supply chain. Without the tools to separate the reality from the rhetoric, the noise of buzzwords such as “deglobalization” and “diminishing interdependence” can drive investors into fear-induced figurative paralysis.
With this four-step framework, the body politic can assess how deglobalization and the looming recession will affect certain industries and regions, helping companies make nuanced decisions about whether and how to expand globally and maximize reward of existing investments.
Step 1: Understand de-globalization and how will it affect the looming recession
The headlines that focus on “widespread deglobalization”suggest that all (or most) stakeholders to the global business community and international political institutions are in the process of retreat from the global economy. However, while some governments, companies, and NGOs are in retreat, many others are not. According to Chatham House (a London-based think tank), “It is better to understand the question as one of balance between globalizing and deglobalizing forces.”
Some experts have explored the ways in which the looming recession in the United States will interact with the deglobalization process. While some commentators suggest that deglobalization forces will mitigate the spread of a recession, the reality is that many major international institutions and the connections between businesses and governments remain intact. Unfortunately, the increased support for global retreat will not have a sizable impact on the scope and trajectory of the looming recession.
Step 2: Identify the different forms of globalization
Knowing how forms of globalization differ will help investors understand the ways in which it may affect their business. There are three primary forms:
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Economic globalization refers to the ways in which the growth of cross-border trade and the free flow of capital contribute to making world economies more interdependent.
Political globalization refers to the number of embassies, UN participation, or membership in international organizations—to determine the degree of political cooperation.
Cultural globalization comprises free flows of ideas, values, and cultures cross national borders.
Step 3: Understand how the different forms of globalization impact their business model
Investors must take the time to understand how each of these forms of globalization will affect their company. Here is an example using a global advertising firm:
Company X, a US-based marketing firm that focuses on multicultural advertising campaigns, is concerned about deglobalization and realizes that it need to shut down its operations in Asia or Latin America, . The firm’s business model relies on tax breaks for services rendered that are included in free trade agreements. The company works for companies that target clients from myriad ethnicities and nationalities. The following considers how the free flow of trade, governmental cooperation, and ideas benefits their business.
Economic globalization: The number and type of international connections among businesses triggers high demand for Company X’s marketing services.
Political globalization: Political ties between countries maximize the number of free trade agreements between Company X’s home and host countries.
Cultural globalization: The free flow of customs and intermingling of cultural norms create more diversity of ideas and demand for Company X’s multicultural marketing services.
Step 4: Recognize how differences between investment climates in two regions impact their decision
Assessing the investment climates as it relates to the three types of globalization in an investor’s host and home host country is the final step.
Economic globalization: Trade flows as a percentage of GDP-which is the primary variable for measuring economic globalization- are declining faster in Asia than Latin America. Therefore, economic de-globalization is more prominent in Asia.
Cultural globalization: The type of government has a significant impact on the free flows of ideas between and among countries. While both countries comprise a significant number of populist countries, Latin America has many left-wing populists governments while Asia has more right-wing populist governments. Whereas right-wing populist countries manifest their nationalist ideals by obstructing inbound migrants and ideas, left-wing populists do not fear the inward flows of immigrants and new ideas. As a result, the data suggests that Latin America has a freer flow of ideas..
Because the relevant de-globalization forces are stronger in Asia than Latin America, Company X should choose to stay in the former and withdraw from the latter.
Medifast is a growth company that is sporting some attractive value-stock metrics after its shares have fallen to a level that is “simply ridiculous” when measured against its prospects, according to Taesik Yoon, who edits the Forbes Special Situation Survey and Forbes Investor newsletters. The diet business’s equity has suffered with growth shares in general as elevated inflation and aggressive Federal Reserve monetary policy to combat it have caused investors to rethink stocks that benefit from an expanding economy.
A slide of roughly 40% in the past year undervalues a growth story that is taking a hit now but remains intact over the longer term, says Yoon, making the stock a bargain. Yet despite also having a fantastic balance sheet with more than twice as much cash on hand than total debt and paying a very generous dividend that is now yielding almost 5%, Yoon says, Medifast’s stock currently trades at less than 12 times its earnings expectations for the year versus a five-year average of 19.4. That might make sense if you expected the current earnings swoon to persist, but Yoon thinks the secular trend toward healthier living and the company’s coach-based business model will have its earnings back on the rise soon, outpacing the market.
Medifast combines an extensive menu of proprietary nutritional products to help with diet goals and a network of almost 64,000 independent coaches. Most of these are former customers who achieved their weight-reduction goals and are compensated from the sales of company products to their clients. Medifast delivers its food regimens to customers, which aided revenue during the pandemic lockdowns and helped earnings growth accelerate by an average 53% over the past two calendar years. That drove its shares to a record $337 in May 2021, but they have lost more than half of that since. Still, even accounting for the risk of an economic slowdown, Yoon expects Medifast’s heavy spending to improve its technology and distribution infrastructure, which could help raise annual sales to more than $2.5 billion, up almost $1 billion from 2021.
Yoon sees long-term profit growth in the double digits, in line with expected sales gains and with operating margins in the mid-teens.
August 14 is National Financial Awareness Day, and I had the opportunity to chat with John Duffy, founder of Trending Stocks, who went from personally absorbing the 2000 and 2008 market crashes to launching a risk-adverse stock market platform for DIY investors. Here, I chat with Duffy about trend following and investment risk management.
WHAT GAVE YOU THE IDEA FOR TRENDING STOCKS?
It took me 14 years to “get even” after two huge downturns in the stock market – first in 2000 (down 50%) and then in 2008 (down 56%). Losing 14 years of investing time and money was the impetus for me to research a better way in the market. I learned about the ancient trend following strategy – and while it worked well – there was no simple software or program to apply it. Spending hours upon hours charting and graphing doesn’t interest anyone, so I programmed and launched TrendingStocks.IO to automate the research time and hassle on the backend.
HOW DOES IT HELP INVESTORS AVOID RISK?
The trend following strategy inherently has a focus on risk management, so I applied that into the new platform. The risk management helps investor avoid riding the market down. You pre-set a fixed stop-loss amount based on your personal risk tolerance. As a stock goes up, which it should based on the trend following strategy’s identification, so does the stop-loss amount; it rides up. While the stop-loss amount fluctuates up and down causally with the stock, if it gets down far enough to cross below a bottom threshold – we flag you to sell and get out.
WHAT’S YOUR BACKGROUND?
Aside from studying finance, economics and business, I’m a Vietnam Navy Veteran. Oddly enough, this was my foray into programming and coding. I bunked with the first IBM IBM programmers in the world. Their expertise interested me, so I asked a bunch of questions and they taught me the science.
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Not to date myself, but this was before when computers could be owned, only leased. IBM recruited me to program after the war, so I entered as one of few who had learned how to program back then.
IS THIS FOR DAY TRADERS OR DIY INVESTORS?
This is definitely not a day-trading solution. Trending Stocks provides analysis at the end of every business day and therefore, it’s not suitable for day trading. It’s after-hours based.
The tech is suited for a long-term, DIY investor and anyone who’s a newbie or wants to get involved in the market. Aside from managing risk, being a diligent trend follower helps with wealth growth over time.
Once an individual has confidence they’re working with good investable trends and a solid risk management process, it’s an easy plan to follow and platform to supplement that plan.
Contracts for Difference (CFD) trading and share trading vary primarily in that when you trade a CFD, you speculate on a market’s price without acquiring ownership of the underlying asset, but when you trade shares, you must do so.
The main distinctions between a share and a CFD are ownership and leverage. You become the owner of the shares when you purchase shares. Investing in shares is equivalent to acquiring a modest ownership share in a business you support. You must pay the whole share price when purchasing stock shares.
Contract for Difference is referred to as CFD. Without holding the underlying asset, you can speculate on the price of a security by engaging in online CFD trading. A stock, stock index, currency, commodity, or cryptocurrency might all be the underlying security for a CFD. With CFDs, you may join a trade with a lower initial investment because they trade on leverage.
Trading CFDs involves taking into consideration leverage and margin, fees and charges, instrument categories, going short, and asset ownership, which is one of the primary difference between CFD and share trading. Let me elaborate more.
What are Leverage and Margin?
Leverage and margin go hand in hand when trading CFDs. By using leverage, you may acquire exposure to an underlying asset without having to put down the whole amount of money needed to purchase and hold the real asset; instead, you just have to contribute a portion of the position’s overall worth.
The amount you must initially have available to begin a position, known as margin, fluctuates based on the contract size and the underlying asset you want to trade. Margin is not a cost. Based on the pre-determined leverage for the asset class, the first margin need is expressed as a percentage of the contract value. Risk is increased while trading on margin.
When you trade on the Invest trading platform, you must have the full asset value accessible, and you buy shares without applying leverage to your available funds.
Variety of Assets
You may trade on more than 2500 different assets on the Traders Union CFD platform, including shares, forex, commodities, indices, cryptocurrencies, ETFs, and options. You may do this to diversify your portfolio and get exposure to major exchanges across the world.
The Invest trading platform is a marketplace where you may buy and sell stocks and ETFs (ETFs). You may purchase and hold shares of your favorite businesses or any listed ETF on the platform, as well as benefit from the newest IPOs when firms go public, thanks to your access to over 1200 equities and 90 ETFs.
You may acquire exposure to an underlying asset, such as Gold (XAU), Apple (AAPL), or EUR/USD, without really holding it by using a CFD. Due to changes in the underlying asset’s price, you will either gain or lose money. The goal of CFD trading is to bet on changes in an underlying asset’s price. The size of the stake and price changes determine any profit or loss.
In contrast, when you purchase a stock on the Invest trading platform, you become the owner of the physical asset and look for a potential longer-term rise in the asset’s value before selling it.
A Little More About How CFDs Can Differ From Investing
If your position remains open overnight while trading CFDs, you will be charged an overnight fee. While CFD trading is frequently utilized to speculate on near-term events like earnings announcements or the release of U.S. data reports, stock trading is typically favored for constructing portfolios.
In summary, both CFD and share stock trading offer benefits and drawbacks, and both let you profit from price changes that might result in either a gain or a loss. You should be able to choose which Traders Union platform best matches your trading preferences after you have an understanding of your trading goals. Which trading platform—CFD or Invest—does best for you?