Industry selection based on the five phases
In Feng Shui, all industries are divided into one of the five elements. Each year, wood, fire, earth, metal and water dance around each other, some ruling throughout, others bursting out for a month or so. A Feng Shui master worth his salt will assess the relative strengths of each element at any given time; even the weakest element will come to the fore at some stage, you just have to be there for it. Portfolios perform best when the elements are equally weighted, so you can adjust your investments to get the best possible results. Remember that wood fuels fire; it, in turn, produces earth; metal comes from the earth and produces water, which is a fundamental ingredient for life and needed for wood to grow. Conversely, water puts out fire; fire melts metal, making it weak; metal can cut through wood; and wood overcomes earth as roots grow down into the soil and use up nutrients; earth overcomes water as it channels water to where you want it to go.