Technical Analysis

4 trading themes for 2023: #3 Europe is a weather trade (but the sun can’t shine forever)


The number one thing the world has to be thankful at the
turn of the year is good weather in Europe, and to a lesser extent North
America.

Europe is a weather trade right now and the forecast is
good. November was remarkably warm in Europe, December had a short-lived cold
snap but the next two weeks are warm.

Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess but even
with what’s happened already, European energy storage will hold up. In North
America, a light hurricane season didn’t disrupt energy and after the Christmas
travel havoc, the next week or so is set to be balmy.

The investing theme for the decade is energy. The
global challenge this decade is to deliver cheap, reliable and increasingly
clean energy. It’s a staggeringly difficult task and I’m skeptical that it will
happen in the kind of timeline that anyone wants but every day of warm winter
weather is a bonus.

The problem for Europe is that this isn’t just a 2022
problem or 2023 problem. The LNG cavalry doesn’t arrive until 2025 or 2026 and
by that point, European government budgets will be in shambles.

The euro and pound certainly aren’t expensive but there’s
no reason to buy them
unless there’s some kind of dramatic change in
Russia. Competitiveness is being eroded daily by high energy costs and inbound
long-term investment is nil.

EURUSD weekly chart

A much better trade on shifts in global trading patterns
is in the Mexican peso or Mexican assets in general.

4 trading themes for 2023: #4 Give China a KISS



Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button