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A turn to hard assets?

McDonald downplays trades that are “long in the tooth” or buying shares that a large number of investors own, such as in technology companies. Instead, he explains higher interest rates could drive money from the typical growth stocks of the last decade to hard assets and commodities instead.

He points to the Goldman Sachs commodity index, which he says had been outperforming the S&P 500 by nearly 10% in the previous few months.

“We’re on the precipice of the greatest migration of capital in the history of humanity,” McDonald said.

Here are three hard assets to keep an eye on.

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'Sexy metals'

McDonald expressed interest what he calls “sexy metals” — such as uranium and copper — that could be used to support practical projects, like the replacement of aging power grids. He believes the U.S. will need these “strategic” commodities in the coming years, which could result in “the trade of a lifetime” for many investors.

McDonald mentioned Alcoa — one of the biggest aluminum producers in the world — as an example.

And with President Joe Biden’s big infrastructure plan to improve roads and bridges and push for energy efficiency, including electric vehicles, demand for commodities such as copper may continue to soar.

You could even consider gold, which has long been touted as a steady hedge against both inflation and deflation.

Real estate

Investing in real estate has long been recommended by experts — whether through physical property or real estate investment trusts (REITs).

Being a landlord can come with plenty of hassles, whereas REITs are publicly-traded companies that own income-producing real estate such as apartment buildings and shopping centers.

Similar to a landlord, REITs collect rent from tenants, except you get a cut in the form of dividend payments. So investors can enjoy regular income and the potential for moderate capital appreciation over the long term without actually purchasing a home and renting it out themselves.

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Deloitte reports an increasing demand for art among the wealthy, and estimates that ultra-high net worth individuals will have invested 2.7 trillion in collectible assets by 2026.

Perhaps less popular and more risky than real estate and gold, art is still considered a hard asset — but you actually don’t need to be an expert, or a billionaire, to start investing in it either.

For example, some companies offer fractional art investing, which allows you to buy shares in a masterpiece instead of, say, spending millions on a Banksy to put up in your living room.

Just bear in mind that while fine art can boast impressive returns, nothing is guaranteed and returns can vary depending on the style of art and the individual piece.


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Serah Louis is a reporter with Moneywise.com. She enjoys tackling topical personal finance issues for young people and women and covering the latest in financial news.


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