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Income in Dollars, Please

Generating an adequate income from euro-denominated bonds is next to impossible, so investors should abandon the attempt. They should embrace currency risk – not try to hedge it away. They should enjoy the fact that US dollar yields are structurally higher than those in the Eurozone. This means owning long-dated Treasuries and dollar-denominated EM sovereign bonds. Finally, they should consider the source currency of their equity dividends and take another look at the Energy sector.  [Read More... ]

Is Energy Un-Investable?

Nobody likes the Energy sector. On a global basis the current sell-off is as bad as all the other major declines, apart from 2014. The difference is that oil prices are much more stable now than they were then. The medium-term challenges (ESG agenda, electric cars, balance sheet distress) are all well-known, but we would be really surprised if the sector wasn’t rated overweight again within the next two years – any maybe sooner.  [Read More... ]

Credit Wobble

High Yield has peaked in our fixed income models and has fallen sharply against Investment Grade. We have checked our cross-asset sector models and it isn’t caused by a problem in Energy. It looks like a straightforward loss of confidence in the outlook for Industrial High Yield. This is potentially ominous for Equities as well, but we haven’t generated a sell signal just yet.  [Read More... ]

Whistle-Stop Tour

We finally have the bounce in risk assets that we expected in the run-up to Christmas, but it is not yet strong enough to break any of the downtrends that developed earlier in Q4. We are at maximum underweight in all our equity vs bond models and similar levels of risk aversion apply in our fixed income and equity sector models. The only exception is that we have an overweight on Emerging Markets in our global equity model and may be about to downgrade the US to underweight.  [Read More... ]

Straws in the Wind

Forecasting with precision all the components of a bear market is very difficult. Observing the increasing number of signals which point in that direction is much easier. These range from US high yield to Eurozone government bonds and US and European equity strategy. It’s not all bad news. There are some positives, such as the potential for a surprise in UK Equities, and a message to buy duration in US Treasuries. However, the overall message from these straws in the wind is very powerful.  [Read More... ]

Simple Explanation

Weakness in US Industrials can often be a signal that we are close to a period of market disruption. That signal is flashing yellow, as are the signals from other equity regions such as the UK, the Eurozone and Japan. We have red flags on Industrials across all of our credit models. We don’t have a clear and obvious cause yet, but the simplest explanation could be that we are closer to a significant slowdown than consensus thinks.  [Read More... ]

Three Unrelated Ideas

Our models suggest that investors have decided to use Japanese rather than Eurozone Equities, as a way of funding their increased exposure to US Equities. US High Yield may be about to lose its #1 position in fixed income. Healthcare is about to be upgraded to overweight in the US and Europe. It is largely unaffected by the threat of a trade-war.  [Read More... ]

Some Relief at Last

The risk-adjusted returns of all parts of the US Treasury curve are set to improve over the summer. Our models suggest that investors may be revising down their estimates of the size and scope of future rate hikes from the Fed as evidence mounts of a slowdown in Emerging Markets. This is consistent with a further flattening of the yield curve and less pressure on spreads in Investment Grade. High Yield already offers the best risk-adjusted returns in US credit. The wild card remains EM Sovereigns; contagion is a real risk, and credit quality may not be an adequate defence.  [Read More... ]


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