The Year of the Pig

Twelfth of twelve in the procession of Zodiac animals, the Pig exhibits the humility, patience and realism of the last in line.  Hard-working, energetic and enthusiastic, the Pig is “all action, no talk”, a refreshing alternative to some of its brethren. Although occasionally exploited due to gullibility, reliability and tolerance have contributed to the Pig as a Chinese symbol of wealth and good fortune. In sum, Pigs make great partners. To quote Winston Churchill, “I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."

Yin Earth will provide the sty for this year's Pig, overseeing the extinguishing of Fire and autumn flows of Water.  Fire industries, such as technology, telecom and utilities, could burn brightly early in the year. However, the rising Water tide in the latter half of the year will dampen Fire and provide support for Wood — fashion, media, education and the environment — and Earth — property and insurance.  Water industries like shipping and transportation will be muddied by Earth, and Metal industries such as banking, machinery and automobiles will wallow without support.

Pundits cannot help but fret, remembering that the last Pig year (2007) unearthed the first symptoms leading to the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. And the destructive shift from Fire to Water to occur this summer, along with the messy result of mixing Earth and Water, only exacerbates the fear. But remember, this year's Earth is Yin denoting a more harmonious influence, and this year’s Pig should mitigate the destructive impulse with a more tolerant and peaceful outlook. While factors point to bearishness in the latter half of the year, recall that the last four Pig year’s have presided over market increases.

The Pig is known to be intelligent, but few give it credit for creativity and innovation.  That said, Pig years launched the first commercial mobile phone and Microsoft Word in 1983, and the DVD and eBay in 1995. In 2007, China’s first lunar satellite went into orbit around the moon and Hong Kong formally initiated the MTR. Lee Kuan Yew (1923), the architect of Singapore and a great leader in Asian history, was born in the Year of the Pig, as were Ronald Reagan (1911), the Dalai Lama (1935), Hilary Clinton (1947) and Justin Trudeau (1971). The current leader of North Korea is also a Pig (1983).

The Year of the Pig should bring prosperity and growth for those who work diligently and stay the course. Reasonable judgment and balanced commitment should underwrite a Pig’s feast. However, some words from the wise as we enter the year: remember that the Pig is pragmatic, not romantic, so don't fall in love with your investments; and stay focused and within your core competencies -- you can't make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

 

The observations set forth above represent the distilled thoughts of a number of Chinese feng shui commentators, and do not constitute investment criteria for the professionals at Excelsior Capital Asia!