Most defensive stocks are in the Consumer sector. They benefit from continuous, habitual use and have a steady core of sales, regardless of the economy and business cycles. These companies typically make products like soap or soup—and may be considered blue chip stocks.
Defensive stocks in the Consumer sector can provide the most effective protection against recessions. That’s a key difference between Consumer stocks and companies in the Manufacturing & Industry or Resource sectors, which are far more sensitive to the ups and downs of the economic cycle.
As a general rule, Resource stocks, while not defensive stocks, provide the most effective hedge against inflation because they directly gain from rising prices of the commodities they produce.
Utility stocks used to provide a defensive hedge of sorts against economic downturns, due to their steady earnings and dividends. However, that is less true today because of changing technology and deregulation in the utility sector.
However, although it pays to be aware of these general tendencies, you should resist the temptation to fine-tune your portfolio according to theories or predictions about inflation and economic downturns. No one has ever consistently predicted either one, either in timing or degree, so most investors will want to include stocks from most if not all of the five economic sectors in a well-balanced portfolio.
At TSI Network, we recommend using our three-part Successful Investor philosophy:
Invest mainly in well-established companies;
Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; the Consumer sector; Finance; Utilities);
Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.
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