marc faber’s top 3 themes for 2014

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It looks like Marc Faber & SBM have been drinking the same Xmas tipple. His views as to what to expect in the markets on 2014 are eerily similar to ours…

1. The market will likely decline from the current peaks

Faber says: “My sense is that at the present time, the US market is relatively expensive compared to foreign markets, especially to European markets and to emerging markets. On a cyclically-adjusted P/E [price-to-earnings] basis, it is actually going to return very little over the next seven to 10 years.

2. Best shorts for 2014: Facebook, Tesla, Twitter, Netflix, and Veeva Systems

Faber says: “If you look at the entire market, some stocks are not terribly expensive and some stocks are very expensive. It’s like in year 2000, not every stock was overpriced. At that time, the NASDAQ was grossly overvalued but, say, resource shares and so-called ‘old economy’ companies were relatively inexpensive or absolutely cheap. In the present instance, I think that stocks likeFacebook, Tesla, Twitter, Netflix, [and] Veeva Systems are grossly overvalued and that the basket of shorts in these stocks will return you at least 30% next year.”

3. Best longs for 2014: Gold, gold shares, and Vietnamese stocks

Faber says: “Given all the money printing that is going on globally – and not just in the US – and given that the total credit as a percent of the advanced economies is now 30% higher than in 2007 before the crisis hit, I think that gold is a good insurance.”

“I’d rather buy something that is reasonably priced. And, I thinkgold shares are very inexpensive. So a basket of gold shares I think next year could easily appreciate 30%.”

“I think the Vietnamese stock market, which this year was up 22 percent [and] which is not bad for an emerging market, will continue to go up.”

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