10 November 2016

Trump's double surprise.

The vote ‘no’ to Italian constitutional reform in this Sunday’s referendum has cost the Italian prime minister Renzi his job and perhaps thrown the Italian government into turmoil. Markets are however not in turmoil. The euro is close to unchanged, having fallen modestly after the referendum result. European equity markets are sharply higher this morning. While Italian 10y government bond yields have breached 2%, this increase in yields is notably less sharp than at the time of Trump’s election. Investors who panic sold after Trump and Brexit have been reconditioned (correctly in our view) to not immediately re-price risk on the back of specific political events.

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5 December 2016

You can’t be given a bloody nose twice.

The vote ‘no’ to Italian constitutional reform in this Sunday’s referendum has cost the Italian prime minister Renzi his job and perhaps thrown the Italian government into turmoil. Markets are however not in turmoil. The euro is close to unchanged, having fallen modestly after the referendum result. European equity markets are sharply higher this morning. While Italian 10y government bond yields have breached 2%, this increase in yields is notably less sharp than at the time of Trump’s election. Investors who panic sold after Trump and Brexit have been reconditioned (correctly in our view) to not immediately re-price risk on the back of specific political events.

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28/04/2017
Equity strategy and market outlook - April 2017

In this month’s strategy piece, Alastair George finds that equity valuations are above average across the UK and Europe, and exceptionally high in the US. The combination of high valuations and price momentum accelerating to the upside, but concentrated within a narrow range of digital stocks, is starting to feel like the ‘financial instability’ the US Fed has been keen to avoid. He remains cautious and believes developed market equity valuations appear to price in a sustained period of strong economic growth, which is at odds with expectations in the bond market. However, an overvalued market does not exclude the possibility of attractive stock-specific or event-driven situations – which, in turn, are relevant to the debate that currently favours passive over active management.

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