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SPEAR Make investments Analysis: Key Themes for 2023

YoOn this situation of Spear Insights we offer our key assumptions and outlook for 2023. We’re comparatively extra optimistic than most as we consider that we’re already within the mid-late innings of this downturn. We consider that stabilizing rates of interest will present a foundation for valuations and count on a restoration within the end-markets that had been first to enter the downturn.

Outlook 2023

– Reshoring developments to offer assist for the economic economic system

– 10Y to settle between 3.5% and 4.5%

– China and Europe to stabilize and present indicators of restoration

– Inflation to stay persistent, however not rampant

– Industrial know-how may drive the subsequent tech wave

– Semis and retail amongst fist to come back out; trucking information turning constructive

– Commodities to profit from China re-opening

– Automobiles: count on a troublesome 12 months for electrical autos (EVs)

Funding themes for 2023

Downturns are brought on by shocks to the market and there have been two vital shocks that occurred within the first half of 2022. Excessive inflation squeezed customers’ budgets, which was adopted by an aggressive Fed tightening that slowed the economic system. The concern shifted from inflation to recession as we progressed by means of the 12 months.

From basic standpoint, the areas that skilled slowdown first had been sectors with excessive inventories eg, semis, commodities, client discretionary.

These sectors are often the primary ones to enter a downturn and are first to come back out. As we progressed by means of the 12 months, the weak spot broadened to all sub-sectors and triggered enterprises to pause spending and cut back their workforce.

Know-how was the sector that was hardest hit with 1. rates of interest impacting valuations within the first half of the 12 months and a pair of. earnings re-set within the second half. Curiously, this sell-off coincided with what we consider is a brand new tech wave, ie know-how remodeling most conventional industries, making it an thrilling time to accumulate the subsequent know-how winners at what we consider are engaging costs.

Visible Capitalist, Edison Institute, MIT Economics

The subsequent wave

The prior tech cycle was pushed by client applied sciences. The web grew from lower than 200 web sites within the 90s to 2 billion at this time. Search engines like google, social media, and streaming had been the important thing areas of innovation. We count on that industrial/B2B tech will drive the subsequent cycle, with know-how remodeling many conventional industries eg, retail, logistics, automotive, meals & beverage, life sciences, healthcare, vitality, commodities and many others.

Synthetic Intelligence (AI), in our view, can be crucial subject over the subsequent 10 years. The outsized winners, nonetheless, is probably not the apparent firms that construct AI options, however those who make AI potential (each {hardware} and software program).

Watch out for worth traps.

We count on that AI will play a key position in robotics and automation and can overcome lots of the limitations that these fields are dealing with at this time. Per a current McKinsey report and survey, automation is anticipated to account for 25% of business firms’ capital spending over the subsequent 5 years, considerably greater in comparison with the earlier 5 years. However many are dealing with challenges with implementation. For extra particulars see: Unlocking the economic potential of robotics and automation.


It’s value highlighting that efficient utilization of AI would require totally different options for cloud storage and compute. AI/ML processes typically require actual time querying with quick response occasions and are based mostly on giant quantities of knowledge that have to be saved effectively (in any other case they turn into value prohibitive). A few of these options are simply getting launched, which broadens the potential use circumstances for AI. Cloud cybersecurity adoption can be within the early innings of adoption with just one in 5 firms frequently assessing their general cloud safety posture, per Crowdstrike, a number one cybersecurity platform.

Whereas cloud spending goes by means of a interval of consolidation as enterprises are reducing their budgets, many traders are actually questioning if cloud spending has matured. We couldn’t disagree extra and see this as an space to proceed so as to add publicity to, even when these shares proceed to battle in 1Q23.

First out of the downturn: retail, semis, commodities

Count on that the areas that went first into this downturn would be the first to come back out.

Client spending was arduous hit in 1H22, however is stabilizing as customers are adjusting to the brand new rate of interest actuality. Whereas we count on large ticket gadgets that require financing to stay challenged so long as rates of interest stay excessive, some areas of retail have began to recuperate.

We’ve just lately famous a number of constructive datapoints reminiscent of stronger than anticipated January trucking contract volumes, which adopted our final month’s channel checks that implied enhancing shipper sentiment.


Commodities had been one other arduous hit sector in Could/June of final 12 months and we consider are actually poised to recuperate. Whereas demand has been beneath strain, sentiment has been even worse leading to significant stock drawdowns. Consequently even small enchancment in demand (eg, China restoration) may assist a restoration.


Lastly, semiconductors confronted huge stock challenges along with slowing demand within the first half of final 12 months. Whereas we’re not seeing demand choose up simply but, inventories are normalizing. China re-opening may drive vital upside to demand. In semis, we’re significantly targeted on capitalizing on the multi-year AI pattern, and would spotlight Nvidia as a pacesetter in AI processors.

Avoiding automobiles, particularly EVs

Whereas we now have been cautious on automobiles for essentially the most a part of 2022, we now consider that electrical autos (EVs), particularly, may face a really difficult 12 months.

Analysts are projecting 40%+ development for EVs within the US this 12 months which can be very troublesome to realize in an surroundings the place there’s a glut of used automobiles along with slowing demand. Moreover, each Toyota and GM just lately made feedback implying that client preferences will not be shifting to EVs on the fee beforehand assumed.

Elevated competitors in China triggered Tesla to considerably drop pricing, and we count on value declines to observe within the US and Europe. Declining pricing along with disappointing volumes could possibly be detrimental to earnings for a corporation like Tesla, and will end in bankruptcies for new-entrants and legacy gamers that overspent on capex.

Whereas the long run EV pattern stays intact, there could also be a number of troublesome years for EV producers forward. Consequently, we’re avoiding EV OEMs till estimates get re-set decrease.

We consider a extra engaging technique to get publicity to the electrification theme is thru investing within the underlying commodities required for electrification. Out of the commodities produced at scale, provide/demand for copper seems significantly beneficial.



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