Insights: Insiders are getting bullish on inflation

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May 22nd, 2020

Will it be a government-led inflationary G-economy or a debt-saddled deflationary D-economy bust in the months ahead? The answer could help determine which asset classes perform the best in the years head. Under a D-economy, we would expect to see defensive investments like bonds and gold do relatively well. Under a G-economy, gold and stocks could also thrive along with silver and equities.

We are finally starting to get a medium-term bullish pro-G-economy signal from Canadian insider sentiment. Our 60-day INK Market Sentiment Indicator is now forming a bullish pattern. It has clearly peaked, suggesting that stocks may have established a strong base of support over the past few months. However, it is not a complete all-clear as our short-term 30-day Market Sentiment indicator appears to be bottoming out.

Generally, when an indicator bottoms, it is signalling a low in insider buying. That typically happens near share-price peaks. As such, we expected continued volatility with some hard times ahead for stocks in the short-term as they try to move higher. That said, we expect our 60-day signal to eventually prevail. As such, we would view any meaningful pullback as a potential buying opportunity for companies with mostly sunny or sunny INK Edge outlooks.

We also detect support for the inflationary case in the quarterly rebalancing of the INK Canadian Insider (CIN) Index. We will be releasing our spring presentation for the quarterly rebalancing of the mid-cap oriented Index over the next few days. In the presentation, we document how the vast majority of the names in the equally-weighted index are geared towards a G-economy. Of course, a G-economy is not a guaranteed outcome. However, should one evolve, insider stocks are offering investors exposure to the potential upside of an inflationary market.

Meanwhile, to protect against the still significant risk of a D-economy, we are keeping some dry powder in the form of cash, gold, and digital currency.

Pan American Silver and Orla Mining from the Top 3 Gainers listed below both joined the Index in the rebalancing which took effect last Friday.

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Top 3 Gainers Last Week

Company NameStock Symbol1 Week Return %
Pan American SilverPAAS11.0
Teranga GoldTGZ7.7
Orla MiningOLA7.4

Top 3 Losers Last Week

Company NameStock Symbol1 Week Return %
Frontera EnergyFEC-21.2
Exchange IncomeEIF-17.9
AGF ManagementAGF.B-16.3

Returns are as of the last trading day of the previous week.

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