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Global Investment View
03/04/2020 Research / Market

Global Investment Views - April 2020

Markets (financial cycle) are leading the economic cycle and will bottom out before the end of the coronavirus pandemic. However, they would stabilise once reassured on three points: The cyclical pattern of the pandemic, or when there is some sign of an improvement on the speed of the contagion. This depends on the ‘time’ variable (extension of the crisis period) and on the mobilisation efforts (containment measures introduced in different countries). There is still a lot of uncertainty at this point.

Global Investment View
04/03/2020 Global Investment View

Global Investment Views - March 2020

The spread of Covid-19 outside China has rattled risk assets in the recent trading sessions. Investors triggered some profit taking in markets, which reached historical highs and even broke psychological thresholds in previous weeks. The atmosphere of fear has remained consistently high only in the so-called safe assets — the USD, UST and gold — signaling that investors have been looking for effective hedging strategies.

Global Investment View
31/01/2020 Research / Market

Global Investment Views - February 2020

At the start of the 2020s, markets continued to be dominated by geopolitical issues, with short-lived Iran tensions at the forefront initially, followed by the news regarding a phase one trade deal between the US and China. Now, growth expectations are becoming the main driver of the market. That’s why the recent volatility due to the news about the spreading of the corona virus in China is higher than in the case of US-Iran tensions, as the epidemic could harm China (and global growth) if not contained soon (not our base case at the moment). Other than this issue, recent data point to a ‘so far, so good’ assessment as Germany has avoided a recession and the Euro area is bottoming out. Inflation uptrends are materialising to some extent, but risks appear to be limited and the overall inflation outlook remains benign. Central banks are likely to continue to pause on policy changes, which should help to maintain dovish financial conditions across regions. Therefore, in the search for further growth, attention is globally moving towards fiscal measures: Japanese stimulus package; approval of 2020 Budget Laws for Indonesia, the Philippines and India; and hopes for support in Germany, the UK and broader Europe (€1tn European Green Deal).

Vignette Coronavirus
30/01/2020 Investment Talks

Coronavirus - Implication for investors

The coronavirus has been the strongest driver behind the recent volatility in financial markets, providing the trigger for a break in the rally in risk assets, which had been running uninterrupted since October.We should be aware that the trough for markets could be well in advance of the peak of the epidemic, as markets tend to overreact at the beginning of a crisis and then stabilise and rebound, despite the continuation of the negative news flow.

Cross Asset
26/01/2020 Cross Asset

Cross Asset Investment Strategy - January 2020

As we approach the year-end, a look back over the past 12 months reminds us how unconventional this year of records has been. On the upside, equities rallied to historical highs in December and fixed income returns were also strong as bond yields fell. The combination of these trends enabled a traditional 50 bond/50 equity balanced portfolio for European to investors generate 15.5%1 , the best annual performance in the last two decades. However, 2019 also saw some less exciting records on economic and geopolitical fronts – a high world uncertainty index reading (Brexit, Trump impeachment process and trade war escalation). Debt skyrocketed, CO2 emissions rose and social discontent erupted in many countries. Overall, global growth decelerated, inflation failed to reach Central Banks’ (CB) targets and vulnerabilities continued to build. The big disconnect in market performance and a fragile economic environment is partially the result of re-rating of market valuations and the big shift in CB policies. Various forms of monetary accommodation have eased the financial conditions witnessed at the beginning of 2019.