Investment Strategy
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Dear colleagues,

Please find below the latest edition of our Investment Strategy · Private Clients as of Q1 2020.


Key highlights:


  • Our base case for the new year assumes only a laborious recovery from 2019’s depressed levels of activity – that is, unless US and Chinese negotiators were to reach a truly convincing and durable trade deal.

  • In the US, solid consumption should keep the spectre of recession away, but not prevent growth from continuing to trend down towards potential.

  • External factors should allow for some upturn in Europe, but the process will likely be gradual – in the absence of a clear catalyst.

  • With an orderly Brexit now in the cards, UK growth should also finally pick-up in 2020 – a more expansionary fiscal stance providing added support.

  • In Japan, the fall-out from the consumption tax hike has been worse than anticipated, suggesting forthcoming aggressive and meaningful fiscal stimulus, with the Bank of Japan in a supporting role.

  • Lower rates across much of the emerging world helped partially offset the trade drag in 2019 – with the full impact of this monetary easing still to materialise.

  • Valuations now being less attractive, carry should be the core strategy in multi-asset portfolios – and nimbleness will be key. Looking beyond traditional sources of income, our preference goes to EM hard currency debt, global high yield, real estate and infrastructure.

  • Favourable dollar winds are fading as we move towards the new year, suggesting that its overvaluation is set to recede.


Best regards,


Your Investment Strategy Team


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