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Time to Separate China from EM

We think it is time to take China out of the main EM equity indices. Some of the arguments made for its inclusion are no longer valid. It doesn’t make sense to have separate benchmarks for companies listed in China and Hong Kong. Separate indices for China plus Hong Kong and the rest of Emerging Markets would increase flexibility for all investors, not just those who no longer wish to have passive exposure to the current regime in China. Once we make the split, we can see that EM ex China has already begun an interesting rally.  [Read More... ]

Two Red Flags from China

China’s stock market is always subject to official intervention, so the signals need to be interpreted carefully. However, there are two new red flags in our equity sector model, relating to Technology and Financials. Technology has suddenly started to deteriorate, which has historically been a good lead indicator for the US Tech sector. Financials are heading for a multi-year low relative to the index, which could have important implications for China’s FX policy regime.   [Read More... ]

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... ]

Show Me the Damage

So far, most of the damage inflicted by US/China trade tensions has been on EM Equities. Our models suggest they peaked over a month ago and there is no support until we get well into underweight territory. The danger is that equity weakness turns into FX volatility, affecting EMs and DMs. We know this is always dangerous for risk assets in general.  [Read More... ]

Almighty dollar

Many clients are surprised by our low exposure to US Equities given the strong dollar and their performance relative to global equities. It’s a direct consequence of the way we structure our asset allocation model. We could use a currency-based rather than an asset-class approach, but it doesn’t perform as well over the long-term and it doesn’t offer as much downside protection in the event of a correction. In any case, the risk-adjusted returns from US Equities have been bit underwhelming in 2018 to date.  [Read More... ]

Europe Can Set the Agenda

Because of the strong dollar, European investors have a chance to buy emerging market exposure without competition from US investors. EM Bonds already offer attractive risk- adjusted returns when measured in euros or pounds. There may also be an opportunity in selected equity markets like Mexico, India and Israel, even if the overall index is unattractive because of its large exposure to China and the threat of a trade war.  [Read More... ]

Red Flags

Our recommended underweights for Eurozone Financials and EM Equities are at the sort of levels we saw just before major crises such as 2008 and 2010-12. We think that both can be traced back to tightening financial conditions and restricted dollar liquidity. What concerns us is that neither the Fed and the ECB are prepared to admit there may be a problem or that these two themes could feed off each other. We also worry that further devaluation of the Chinese renminbi could put additional pressure on EM Equities and bring a potential flashpoint closer.  [Read More... ]

Selectively Europe

By the time equities regain traction relative to fixed income, we believe Europe will provide the leaders. The main reasons are abnormally low volatility compared with the US and global equities and the ongoing stabilisation of the trade-weighted dollar index. Our preferred countries are the UK, France and the Netherlands. It is too early for Germany and Spain, and maybe too late for Italy. Avoid Switzerland, Sweden and Austria.  [Read More... ]

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