The Tell: Here’s what to buy in a ‘completely absurd’ market, according to this longtime strategist

To be sure, Rosenberg is well-known as a longtime bear himself.

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But with stocks in the red for the year to date, profit warnings piling up left and right, and haven assets sending a strong signal that all is not right with the world, it may be worth considering the glass-half-empty view of markets right now.

Rosenberg shares some suggestions on how to invest for what he calls “a completely absurd market environment,” in which, he adds, “an alien would be questioning the mental acuity of the human race.”

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• Cash, which allows investors to keep their powder dry

• Gold GCJ20, +1.29% and gold mining stocks GDX, +1.31%, which Rosenberg calls a “low-cost hedge at a time when central banks are running amok again,” and when “nearly 80% of the world now has negative real yields”

• Long Treasurys TMUBMUSD30Y, 1.568%

• Short-dated high-yield credit as a hedge against the havens in gold and Treasurys.

• Residential real-estate investment trusts AMH, -0.13%

Utilities

• Canadian banks

• Energy: a “contrarian” pick, Rosenberg acknowledges. He says he likes oil and gas storage, refiners, and exploration and production groups.

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