Over the past week, risk appetite has soured following a political stalemate in Rome and anxiety over the U.S. "sequester" spending cuts that kick in on March 1, but strategists told CNBC that there is a way to trade this panic.
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They point to a range of assets that are not solely influenced by risk sentiment – these include natural gas stocks, precious metals and shorting instruments.
Tom Essaye, president of U.S. commodities trading firm Kinsale Trading, for example, is looking at stocks exposed to the natural gas market, because he sees no correlation between natural gas and global risk sentiment.
"There are bullish tendencies in natural gas as it is uncorrelated to all the madness occurring in Europe and across the globe. There is money to be made there, specifically in the tanker stocks and the gathering and processing stocks," he said.
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Italian elections left no party in the majority, raising fears Italy's much needed economic reforms will flounder. This development knocked global markets off their 2013 rally, with both the S&P 500 and the Nikkei falling about 2 percent on news of the Italian stalemate earlier in the week.
Essaye added that as the euro zone crisis accelerates again some commodities will weaken significantly. "This will specifically affect industrial commodities, such as copper, oil and base metals and you will see a rally in precious metals at the same time," he said.
"This almost makes me want to go into something uncorrelated like natural gas. We've seen inventories here (U.S.) come down in recent weeks and as we've had a cold snap demand for power generation is up," he said.