Focus on Long-Term Food Trends, Not Short-Term Factors, Reese Says

One of the keys to successful investing is knowing the difference between long-term trends and short-term disruptions. That’s what Validea CEO John Reese says, and he says investors who can do that can take advantage of some opportunities in food-related stocks right now. While food prices are down globally over the past year, the factors pushing them lower – Russia’s embargo of US products, China’s slowdown, bird flu fears, and the strengthening dollar – are all relatively short-term factors, Reese says in his latest Forbes.com column. Longer-term trends point toward higher food prices, however, he contends. Growing world population, increasing […]

Grantham On The 10 Things That Really Matter

What’s on Jeremy Grantham’s mind? Ten things, and in his second quarter letter, the renowned value investor lays out the lot of them. As usual, Grantham’s areas of interest go far beyond those of most investment managers. Here, from Barron’s, which published his letter, is his list of the 10 things that “really matter”: Pressure on gross domestic product growth in the U.S. and the balance of the developed world The age of plentiful, cheap resources is gone forever Oil Climate problems Global food shortages Income inequality Trying to understand deficiencies in democracy and capitalism Deficiencies in the Federal Reserve Investment […]

What Worries Jeremy Grantham Now

Given that he was one of the few to warn about both the Internet bubble and the housing and credit bubble before they burst, Jeremy Grantham’s worries and concerns about the economy and stock market carry a lot of weight. So what is GMO’s front man concerned about these days? Resources. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Grantham reiterates his concern about what he says are looming shortages in food, fertilizer, and metals. “The investment implications are, of course, own stock in the ground, own great resources, reserves of phosphorous, potash, oil, copper, tin, zinc — you name it,” […]