March 2021: Thoughts on Valuation, Oil, and Silver Demand

Download PDF: Part I. World’s Equity Valuation One year after the Covid-19-induced market crash, global equity market has gone through a V-shaped recovery with stock market in many countries breaking record high level amid ample monetary and fiscal stimulus. The U.S. market valuation – now trading at cyclically-adjusted P/E (CAPE) of 32 times – isContinue reading “March 2021: Thoughts on Valuation, Oil, and Silver Demand”

February 2021: EM Bonds, Brazil and Turkey

Download PDF: EM local-currency bonds EM bonds still have room for spread tightening against U.S. Treasury. The 10-year Treasury yield will have difficulty to break 1.2% level as the Fed is unlikely to raise rate until inflation overshoot its 2% target, creating an anchor for yields globally to remain low. Moreover, the relatively modest fiscalContinue reading “February 2021: EM Bonds, Brazil and Turkey”

January 2021: Silver and Equity Strategy Review

Download PDF: Part I: Silver Last week seen silver prices dropped remarkably amid rising long-term bond yield and receding dollar weakness. We have been constructive on the precious metal and commodity complex for a while now and remain to be so in the reflationary environment. There are reasons to believe that the commodity bull marketContinue reading “January 2021: Silver and Equity Strategy Review”

2021 EM Equity High Conviction Calls

Download PDF: Poland Polish manufacturing sector and exports have both staged a V-shaped recovery despite the reintroduction of a strict lockdown across major European countries (Chart 1). As an open economy that is highly integrated with European manufacturing sector Poland has benefited from the sharp recovery of German manufacturing (Chart 2-4), which points to aContinue reading “2021 EM Equity High Conviction Calls”

Commodity Plays, Copper and Yield, Caution on U.S. Equity

Downlaod PDF: Earlier this week we published our long-term global themes, outlining the possibility of stronger inflationary pressure and the danger it poses to corporate sector. Meanwhile, we also publish our next year outlook last month, where we argue that Chinese growth will rebound strongly and liquidity will remain plenty, buoying asset prices. With ourContinue reading “Commodity Plays, Copper and Yield, Caution on U.S. Equity”

Global Themes 2021: China, U.S., and Emerging Markets

Download PDF: This year, the coronavirus and lockdown restriction enforced globally have driven the financial market at large, far outweighing the impacts from U.S.-China escalating geopolitical rivalry, war in the Caucasus, and U.S. Presidential Election. These themes are likely to continue in 2021 and already some of its effects lingered permanently, as discussed below. FirstContinue reading “Global Themes 2021: China, U.S., and Emerging Markets”

Mapping Global Post-COVID Recovery

Download PDF: This month’s monthly piece is a short note on three signposts to monitor the growth recovery, taking a bird-eye perspective on risk assets after three separate publications last week detailing our view on oil, precious metals, and select country outlook; links are provided at the end of the piece. First, we are revisitingContinue reading “Mapping Global Post-COVID Recovery”

Structural Tailwinds for EM Sovereign Bonds and EM Stocks Uneven Recovery

Download PDF: Structural Tailwinds for EM Sovereign Bonds EM sovereigns are currently the only high-yielding asset class in the fixed income space, at a rate slightly above 4% – much above U.S. corporate and Treasury yield. This year crisis and massive QE program conducted by the Fed have brought U.S. Treasury yields close to zeroContinue reading “Structural Tailwinds for EM Sovereign Bonds and EM Stocks Uneven Recovery”

Rethinking Investment Strategy in a Weak Dollar World: Silver, Treasury Yield, Commodities and EM

Download PDF: Precious Metals vs Real Yield Our positioning on silver call options since July has been rewarded bigly as silver price almost doubled this year as the time of this writing. Although we are not early in the party, we have managed to ride most of the large price movement of late, including theContinue reading “Rethinking Investment Strategy in a Weak Dollar World: Silver, Treasury Yield, Commodities and EM”

August 2020: Gathering Thoughts and Some Investment Ideas

Download PDF: The Money Flow: How the Money Goes Around From a macro perspective, there is only three players that drive the economy and financial markets in a country: households, private corporations (including banks) and the government. Each player’s action impacts the other and altogether they drive the economic machine of supply and demand, andContinue reading “August 2020: Gathering Thoughts and Some Investment Ideas”