U.S. Equity Strategy: Sector Selection Amid Slowing Global Growth

Download PDF: The 2021 post-pandemic recovery has been impressive, with record amount of fiscal stimulus propping up household spending and the corporate sector turning into a capex hyperdrive. Meanwhile, the Fed maintained an ultra-loose monetary policy and tilted toward the dovish side in the first half of the year, which fuel the froth and equitiesContinue reading “U.S. Equity Strategy: Sector Selection Amid Slowing Global Growth”

EM Equity Strategy in an Economic Downturn

Download PDF: The global economic boom unfolding in the past year is showing signs of moderation, with data from China – the first country to suffer and come out of the pandemic – currently signaling a contraction in manufacturing activities. It is very likely that the U.S. and Euro area will also see a decelerationContinue reading “EM Equity Strategy in an Economic Downturn”

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”

Peak Growth: Cycle in Review, Commodities, and Precious Metals

Download PDF: Blow-out number of various economic indicators coming in the past weeks – PMI, retail sales, inflation – suggest that the global cycle is peaking out and the strongest period of growth is in the rear-view mirror.  In the short-term, the risk assets rally that began in March 2020 is likely to take aContinue reading “Peak Growth: Cycle in Review, Commodities, and Precious Metals”

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”

Turkey and EM Policy Normalization

Download PDF: I) Turkey: Back to Coma Again? Various indicators were still flashing red even before President Erdogan fired Naci Agbal – the central bank governor he appointed just four months ago – for pursuing a hawkish monetary policy. Although his firing of Mr. Agbal is akin to shooting himself in the foot and undermineContinue reading “Turkey and EM Policy Normalization”

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”

Emerging Markets in The Next Decade

Download PDF: Monthly_202001 In this first publication for 2020, we are outlining our bullish view on selected EM countries which will likely benefit as investors diversify from U.S. equities. It has been pretty much a consensus by now that risk assets will likely to do well this year, with some strategists betting on the value/growthContinue reading “Emerging Markets in The Next Decade”

Russia: How’s the Troubled Kid Doing?  

Download PDF: Russia_Country_Research Russia’s growth rate has experienced a dramatic slowdown since the Global Financial Crisis. Domestic imbalances, correction in oil prices and sanctions imposed by the U.S. in 2014 have all contributed to the slack. Since, Russian government has been trying to fix its budget imbalance, reducing reliance on imports and building economic warContinue reading “Russia: How’s the Troubled Kid Doing?  “

Musings on Commodity Prices, Inflation Turnaround and Cycle Turning Point

Download PDF: Monthly_201911 The structural backdrop of excess global savings, lackluster global consumption and investment demand and deleveraging cycle have all push bond yields lower. Meanwhile, the slack in manufacturing activity since 2014, magnified by the trade war, has push commodity prices in real terms to a level equal to those in 2001. Subjectively, itContinue reading “Musings on Commodity Prices, Inflation Turnaround and Cycle Turning Point”