I’m certain most of you are aware that the $20/share Hawaiian Electric preferred shares took a real beating the last few days as blame for (or blame for contribution to) the Maui fire came home to roost. This is a replay of the California blame game from a few years ago – I wouldn’t touch these shares with a 10′ pole. There is an awful lot of emotional pain on Maui right now and this is going to get very ugly and trying to take advantage of low prices is a very bad idea (in my opinion) – over the course of years these could go to zero.
Equities are tumbling this morning – and as we all know a soft start doesn’t mean a down day as the buy the dip folks are out there. The weakness apparently stemming from weakness in the Chinese economy which has lead China to cut interest rates to try to stimulate. This is just 1 more arrow in the quiver of the ‘here comes the recession’ club.
Interest rates are moving higher this morning with the 10 year treasury yield is now around 4.23%. As I noted in the Monday Morning Kickoff yesterday the average $25/share preferred and/or baby bond has barely moved in the last 8 weeks–I feel fortunate. Personally my portfolio values have backed off a tiny amount in the last month – but it is a tiny amount, maybe 1/4%-destined to worsen if these rate increases don’t slow down a bit.
Oil prices remain elevated and near the high of the year–although overnight west Texas has backed off a buck. When I fill my vehicle with gas and it cost $70 it is painful to a ‘cheapskate’ like me. I am glad that I don’t have a giant sized pickup. Recall in June 2022 west Texas was $106 so we aren’t even close to that high–ouch.
I continue to do nothing – no buying or selling, but now I am looking at some potential buys based on ‘yield to maturity’. I think there are some opportunities out there for over 8% on some issues that are in my ‘wheelhouse’ of risk. I plan to write on 1 or 2 of these yet this week. Checking CD rates this morning I see JP Morgan is offering 5.55% on a 1 year callable–not terrible, but unlikely to move me much since my cash position is meager.