Research Note: South Africa Local Curve

Download PDF: South African local curve will likely continue to bear flatten in the coming months as the central bank start to raise policy rate as inflationary pressure rises – in line with other EM countries. Currently we see sufficient spread of ZA 10-year bonds against global benchmark amid the backdrop of abundant global liquidityContinue reading “Research Note: South Africa Local Curve”

$100 Oil? Crude Outlook, Russia and Saudi

Download PDF: Recent weeks have seen oil price keeps on climbing despite the thawing tension between U.S.-Iran relation that potentially bring additional 1.5 mb Bbl/day supply into the market. We are expecting a continued strong global recovery this year and restraint from Saudi and Russia in ramping up production, as currently the two countries’ oilContinue reading “$100 Oil? Crude Outlook, Russia and Saudi”

EM Strategy and Dissecting EM Stocks Performance

Download PDF: Potential peak in U.S. Treasury yield and copper/gold ratio, and gangbuster data coming from China, U.S., and Europe point to the passing of maximum growth momentum in post-pandemic recovery. Despite the pandemic still raging in parts of the world, especially in EM countries, strong recovery in China and the developed world mean ultra-easyContinue reading “EM Strategy and Dissecting EM Stocks Performance”

The Semi Shortage

Download PDF: In the past three decades the world has seen a dramatic digital transformation happening with the widespread adoption of internet, computers, and smartphones, which only accelerated when lockdown restriction last year pushed our life further into the digital realm. Demands of electronic gadgets, data centers, and networking equipment surged in 2020 as businessesContinue reading “The Semi Shortage”

EM Equity Earnings and Valuation Outlook

Download PDF: EM Equity Earnings Outlook The broad EM benchmark has rallied hard in the past year and is now some 15% above the pre-pandemic level. After the fall in earnings for most EM countries – with EM benchmark’s earnings currently still 17% below January 2020 level – the market is now expecting sharp earningsContinue reading “EM Equity Earnings and Valuation Outlook”

EM Review: Chile, Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico

Download PDF: Chile The cyclical bullish case for Chilean stocks is straightforward. Chilean earnings are set to improve dramatically from the higher copper prices, which will continue to enjoy structural boost from electrification of vehicle and green energy infrastructure demand, as discussed in a previous report. Chinese imports continue to pose strong number in recentContinue reading “EM Review: Chile, Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico”

Where Are We in The Cycle? Yield, Gold, and Copper

Download PDF: Copper/gold ratio has increased to prior peak in the business cycle, although yield curve is only halfway through. This could be explained by the dovish stance held by Federal Reserve to stay accommodative until maximum employment is achieved and inflation average at 2%, meaning that unlike in previous cycles, pre-emptive tightening is notContinue reading “Where Are We in The Cycle? Yield, Gold, and Copper”

Peru: Latin America’s Growth Star

Download PDF: For long investors have regarded Chile and Peru as one of the more stable Latam countries, as reflected in these countries’ borrowing cost and disciplined management of fiscal and monetary policy. Late last year, however, Peru went through a political crisis over the impeachment of former President Vizcarra by the Congress over corruptionContinue reading “Peru: Latin America’s Growth Star”

On Brazil and Turkey

Download PDF: Stay Positive on Brazilian Assets The backdrop for Brazilian assets remains bullish amid rising commodity prices and undervalued Real (Chart 1). In addition, Brazilian economy has recovered strongly and various indicators – such as manufacturing PMI and retail sales – are now back to pre-pandemic level (Chart 2). With the global economy continueContinue reading “On Brazil and Turkey”

EM Taper Tantrum Déjà vu?

Download PDF: Potential for Sizable Portfolio Outflow is Limited. The period before 2013 Taper Tantrum was marked by strong capital flow into EM assets, in contrast to current situation where flow into EM bonds and equities are only beginning to recover (Chart 1). More importantly foreign ownership of EM bonds, especially for the more fragileContinue reading “EM Taper Tantrum Déjà vu?”