A Tale of Two Latam Countries: Brazil and Mexico

Download PDF: Brazilian manufacturing sector’s recovery has been surprisingly strong post-pandemic, outpacing other EM countries, despite the still poor health care situation and strict lockdown restriction nationally. However, the strong rebound has not been followed proportionately by the country’s asset prices, contrary to the development seen in Mexico (Chart 1). The country still records contractingContinue reading “A Tale of Two Latam Countries: Brazil and Mexico”

Key Points on China: The Bubble That Never Pops – Thomas Orlik

As an Emerging Markets analyst, the issue on China has always been divisive. On one side, the bear points to high household and corporate leverage, alongside local government opaque finance vehicle that masks the true government borrowing. But on the other hand, the bull has gained the higher ground in the past decade as muchContinue reading “Key Points on China: The Bubble That Never Pops – Thomas Orlik”

China: Peak Housing – Rogoff, K. S.

This piece is a summary of recent NBER paper by Kenneth Rogoff and Yuanchen Yang arguing that Chinese housing market fits the characteristics of a bubble and forms a significant portion of Chinese GDP. The original paper could be found: And the PDF version of this summary could be downloaded: Real estate and its associatedContinue reading “China: Peak Housing – Rogoff, K. S.”

Taking A Pulse on EM Recovery

Download PDF: The current economic situation in majority of EM countries is still very bleak amid various lockdown measures, but the worst has likely passed as economic activity continue to recover in most countries (Chart 1). There are signs that even in the worst-hit EM countries, measured by number of deaths per hundred thousand population,Continue reading “Taking A Pulse on EM Recovery”

Key Points: The Art of Short Selling -Kathryn F. Stanley

In the past few months, like many investors, I have been fascinated by the meteoric rise of NASDAQ and S&P 500 index amid the slump in U.S. economic activity. Companies like TSLA, which are popular among retail traders, have more than quadrupled in the past year and detach from reality. As market participant, the questionContinue reading “Key Points: The Art of Short Selling -Kathryn F. Stanley”

Assessing EM Countries’ Vulnerabilities and MMT in EM Universe

Download PDF: EM equity has experienced indiscriminate sell-off during the peak of this year’s market rout, with losses ranging from 20% to 60% across 18 countries. Since its March’s low, however, few countries have staged a strong asset prices recovery, whereas others are still lagging and have barely recover half of their losses (Chart 1).Continue reading “Assessing EM Countries’ Vulnerabilities and MMT in EM Universe”

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”

A Tale of Two Countries: Indonesia and Philippines

Download PDF: As a rising growth star in the Emerging Market universe and South East Asia region, both Indonesia and Philippines share many similarities. First, both countries run fiscal and current account deficit. Second, both have a government that are currently focusing on building the country’s capital through multi-year infrastructure projects. Third, they have aContinue reading “A Tale of Two Countries: Indonesia and Philippines”

Retail Mania: Short Tesla Thesis

The price rally this year on tech and leading hot stocks have been phenomenal. Investors and sell-side analyst price target have been blown away by the stock performance, driven mostly by retail trader’s purchase, as could be seen from data provided by robintrack (https://robintrack.net/popularity_changes). The website is a useful proxy for mania candidate and retailContinue reading “Retail Mania: Short Tesla Thesis”

Turkey Revisited: The Good, Bad and Ugly

For the past several quarters, we have maintained a constructive view on Turkish assets, particularly on the country’s equity and currency, as valuations are already significantly depressed even before the COVID-19 rout. Percentile of equity multiples for Turkish equity is near its two decades low and the Turkish Lira is more than 20% undervalued, accordingContinue reading “Turkey Revisited: The Good, Bad and Ugly”