Don’t Forget the Skew
Plan for falling equities with violent changes of direction
Although our models are consistently bearish about the outlook for equities, we agree that there are several large problems which have depressed performance, which would allow the market to bounce if they were “solved” – even temporarily. Rather than prepare for an outright bear market, we think investors should focus on the bull/bear skew and sell countries which tend not to perform in rising markets, even though they are heavily exposed when they fall. This list includes several large Anglo-Saxon markets such as the UK, Canada and Australia.