Quarterly Investment Strategy – Key highlights

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Quarterly Investment Strategy – Key highlights

Samy Chaar - Chief Economist

Samy Chaar

Chief Economist

Key highlights

  • Without a genuine de-escalation of the US-China dispute, involving a significant reduction in existing import duties, a revival in global output and trade is not to be expected.
  • Resilient consumption has upheld US growth in recent months – although the picture is becoming more complicated as job growth slows and sectors like manufacturing and business investment emit signs of concern.
  • In Europe, the ECB is taking extensive action to counter the continuing – even extending – slowdown, but the potency of its measures is doubtful.
  • Having just implemented the much-awaited VAT hike, Japanese policymakers will now focus on containing the near-term economic fallout.
  • Trade uncertainty is taking its toll on emerging economies, but improved fundamentals and extensive monetary easing are helping them navigate the tougher global waters.
  • The 4th quarter could see a continuation of recent market dynamics, with the global trade outlook determining investor appetite for equities. We maintain a defensive asset allocation, underweighting equities and overweighting both gold and the Japanese yen – while still clearly favouring carry strategies.
  • Although the USD will retain its safe haven status, we continue to expect modest medium-term weakness – the misalignment with fundamentals is becoming stretched and further Fed rate cuts will likely weigh on the greenback.
The 4th quarter could see a continuation of recent market dynamics, with the global trade outlook determining investor appetite for equities. We maintain a defensive asset allocation, underweighting equities and overweighting both gold and the Japanese yen – while still clearly favouring carry strategies.

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