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European equities – Yesterday’s bears become today’s bulls

We expect to see European earnings and economic growth expectations firming during the year. Even with the strong move in markets so far this year, European equity valuations are not unattractive in our view.

Tagged with: Global Economy, Global Investing, Global Perspectives

Is Europe heading for Japanese-style deflation?

Although there are many differences that should ensure that the eurozone does not follow Japan‘s fate, policymakers will need to act forcefully if the risk of deflation intensifies. While the euro area appears to be on track to avert deflation in the short term, many euro countries are “one crisis away from deflation.”
The European Central Bank (ECB) claims to be ahead of the game, but policy needs to be more pro-active.

Tagged with: Global Economy, Investing

The Greek tragedy unfolds

Although a Greek default and exit would be uncharted territory, the ownership structure of Greek debt has shifted considerably, and this should limit contagion within the wider eurozone. We suspect that the realization that the eurozone is no longer irrevocable would not be merely shrugged off by markets, particularly in the periphery.

Tagged with: Global Economy

Greece: Referendum reaction

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won a resounding mandate to reject the package of austerity measures on the table in Greece’s referendum yesterday. This is but the latest twist in a road that increasingly seems to be leading towards Greece’s departure from the eurozone.

Tagged with: Global Economy, Monetary Policy

What China’s stock market turmoil means for investors

The spotlight China’s stock market turmoil has cast on Chinese central authorities may inspire newfound commitment to reforms.
Powerful technical factors have created significant dispersion of gaps between underlying fundamentals and valuations across markets. For patient investors with the resources and skill to research and investigate these situations, there may be exciting stock-picking opportunities through this “sorting-out” period.

Tagged with: Economic/Markets Outlook, Global Economy, Global Investing, Investing, Markets

Q4 fixed income outlook — External influences

While the bond market has generated strong returns so far in 2014, we are positioning portfolios with a shorter duration to protect against rising interest rates. Although we think that corporate bonds look better than their government counterparts, the most attractive bond market opportunities may be outside of the corporate market.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing

Inflation — The usual suspects

Four factors figure empirically into how and why inflation moves: (1) commodity prices, (2) spare capacity, (3) changes in exchange rates, and (4) monetary policy. These same factors argue for a gradual recovery in U.S. inflation in the year ahead, which could be a headwind for high-quality fixed-income returns.

Tagged with: Economy, Fixed Income

Europe – The darkest hour is just before the dawn

The European Central Bank is embarking on quantitative easing at a time when tailwinds are already beginning to build behind the euro area economy. A more constructive economic outlook could have important implications for European markets.

Tagged with: Equities, Global Economy, Global Perspectives, Markets

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