From the desk of Vance Howard:
To start the Wealth Watch I would like to let everyone know that we had almost no exposure to SIVB or the banking sector in general, and we do not own any bitcoin. Neither met our requirements for an investment.
While I have been writing to expect volatility over and over for weeks, I think it is now clear to see that I was not kidding, was I? The last week has weakened the HCM-BuyLine® and we are watching closely for any break. The markets have been trading just about as we had anticipated, with a nice run-up in January, then a pullback followed by a period of consolidation which is to be expected. What was not anticipated was a bank failure. That caused a two-day selloff that was very hard. The trend is still intact, but just barely. Even if the HCM-BuyLine® is breached, we do anticipate a recovery back above the trend in short order.
We spent a lot of time over the last three days analyzing whether we felt other banks were not being managed very well, and our conclusion is that this is most likely a one-off. In other words, the bigger banks look to be more sound. They are not taking on high risk loans like Bitcoin and tech startups like SIVB was. Furthermore, most of the larger banks are very well diversified whereas SIVB was not. I’m not sure how they were able to give loans to a lot of these startups, but it has created some good buying opportunities in the banking sector. Our top pick would be Bank of America, and while we do anticipate investing in that bank soon, we will give the banking sector time to stabilize before looking to invest.
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