16 August 2016

Earnings forecasts: Reassuringly stable?.

Economic surprise driving EUR v USD but no FX hit to eurozone profits estimates

It may be the perfect environment for passive strategies as the lack of catalysts during 2017 has led to a continuation of the low volatility yet highly-valued equity market regime. In particular, it has been a robust year for corporate profitability. 2017 earnings growth forecasts remain pinned around 10%. Even while the medium-term outlook for markets looks challenging on valuation grounds as extraordinary monetary stimulus is unwound, those looking for a significant correction in the short-term should beware as corporate earnings trends remain robust at present.

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16 August 2017

Earnings momentum remains stable for now.

Economic surprise driving EUR v USD but no FX hit to eurozone profits estimates

It may be the perfect environment for passive strategies as the lack of catalysts during 2017 has led to a continuation of the low volatility yet highly-valued equity market regime. In particular, it has been a robust year for corporate profitability. 2017 earnings growth forecasts remain pinned around 10%. Even while the medium-term outlook for markets looks challenging on valuation grounds as extraordinary monetary stimulus is unwound, those looking for a significant correction in the short-term should beware as corporate earnings trends remain robust at present.

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17 July 2017

Fed policy: Don't forget your flip-flops.

Economic surprise driving EUR v USD but no FX hit to eurozone profits estimates

It may be the perfect environment for passive strategies as the lack of catalysts during 2017 has led to a continuation of the low volatility yet highly-valued equity market regime. In particular, it has been a robust year for corporate profitability. 2017 earnings growth forecasts remain pinned around 10%. Even while the medium-term outlook for markets looks challenging on valuation grounds as extraordinary monetary stimulus is unwound, those looking for a significant correction in the short-term should beware as corporate earnings trends remain robust at present.

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14 November 2016

Forward guidance - Trump style.

Economic surprise driving EUR v USD but no FX hit to eurozone profits estimates

It may be the perfect environment for passive strategies as the lack of catalysts during 2017 has led to a continuation of the low volatility yet highly-valued equity market regime. In particular, it has been a robust year for corporate profitability. 2017 earnings growth forecasts remain pinned around 10%. Even while the medium-term outlook for markets looks challenging on valuation grounds as extraordinary monetary stimulus is unwound, those looking for a significant correction in the short-term should beware as corporate earnings trends remain robust at present.

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16 March 2017

Just what the Fed wanted.

Economic surprise driving EUR v USD but no FX hit to eurozone profits estimates

It may be the perfect environment for passive strategies as the lack of catalysts during 2017 has led to a continuation of the low volatility yet highly-valued equity market regime. In particular, it has been a robust year for corporate profitability. 2017 earnings growth forecasts remain pinned around 10%. Even while the medium-term outlook for markets looks challenging on valuation grounds as extraordinary monetary stimulus is unwound, those looking for a significant correction in the short-term should beware as corporate earnings trends remain robust at present.

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26/10/2017
Illumination: Equity strategy and market outlook October 2017

In this month’s strategy piece, Alastair George believes that 2018 brings into view the prospect of a net decrease in central banks’ balance sheets, and that the winding down of policies that were statistically shown to depress risk premia in fixed income and credit markets should not be ignored. The US Fed has offered ample guidance in terms of balance sheet reduction, but the surprise may be on the other side of the Atlantic as economic activity has rebounded strongly in the eurozone, yet interest rates remain negative and the ECB risks getting behind the curve. During 2017, markets have pushed further into their low-volatility/low-return regime. Volatility has declined faster and further than at any time since the 1970s. We view this as a temporary phenomenon likely to reverse as volatility returns to interest rate markets during 2018. We maintain a cautious outlook for the medium term on the basis of valuations that indicate very low expected returns in both equities and credit in developed markets. To deliver returns, active investors may need to combine a relatively modest level of market exposure with carefully selected exposure to specific company- or event-driven situations.

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