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Asset Allocation Insights – Investors Benefit From Riskier Asset Classes


Risk taking is in, but is risk underpriced again?

►The seesaw continues with risk assets doing particularly well this past week

►US large caps performed best – up 2.9% for the week, but International Developed equities were only slightly

►Bond strategies delivered positive returns last week as well but significantly below those of more risky asset classes

►On a YTD basis, US small caps lead the pack by a slight margin – up 15.5%

►In the context of balanced 60/40 strategies US strategies and international strategies performed in line with each other (both up 1.9%)

►Aggressive focused multi-asset class strategies out-performed less risky options

►Within equities, Growth has slightly out-performed Value in 2019 and over the last year Growth also remains solidly ahead

►Thus far in 2019 more aggressive multi-asset strategies have outperformed less risky portfolios

Currencies:

►A rare down week for the USD as expectations for growth in the US slow down and the Fed remains on hold

►For 2019 we still expect the USD to depreciate slightly

►A depreciating USD will boost international asset returns – we expect this effect to persist in 2019

►A big question mark for this coming week is what happens to Brexit (yet again) – sterling is being massively tossed around depending on political prospects

►Interestingly, the pound has held up admirably during this period of uncertainty and is now in a Break Out phase

►The Yen is now in a Break Down phase as investors have regained their desire for risk

►In general, FX volatility has increased substantially in the last couple of months

Commodities:

►After a bad prior week, ag commodities rebounded strongly with wheat, the most beaten down of the group, up over 6%

►The tension in the grain complex is mostly supply driven but soybeans also are being affected by trade negotiations with China

►Commodity indices have moved into an Improving phase as oil markets have found some stability

►Gas was down slightly last week and remains in a Down Trend magnified by weak seasonality

►Copper kept its gains from the previous week as global growth only slows down slightly

►Gold and Silver were flat last week and are showing divergent patterns – gold being stronger than silver

►While inflationary expectations remain low, commodity prices are an excellent hedge should things change

This Coming Week:

►While risky assets have recovered we still think that risk is being shunned at the moment – investors seem uncomfortable making bold bets

►While not comfortable, US investors should consider allocating more money to non-US stocks due to their lower valuations and potentially a depreciating USD

►The strong USD will not persist much stronger as the FED appears close to the end in terms of interest rate hikes

►The Value/Growth discussion is being overshadowed by sector rotation but on a risk-adjusted basis we believe that higher allocations to Value are warranted

►We are also watching out for any jump in inflationary expectations (which have been trending down)

►Tariffs are inflationary and will be reflected in higher consumer prices eventually

►Our biggest concerns revolve around a slowing global economy – The IMF recently lowered 2019 growth numbers to 3.5%

►We still see a risk on/off market this year making it difficult for short-term investors – probably best to extend horizons

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To read our full weekly report please click here

 

ic J. Weigel

Global Focus Capital LLC

eweigel@gf-cap.com

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Weekly Asset Allocation Review – Free

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The Equity Observer (Monthly) – Subscription Required

The Asset Allocation Advisor (Monthly) – Subscription Required

Asset Allocation Insights – Investors Forget About Risk


Risk Loving is in but for how long?

►The comeback for holders of risky assets was interrupted this week as growth concerns returned

►EM, Commodities and Reits had poor weeks as commodity prices suffered again and interest rates increased in the US

►On a YTD basis US small caps lead the pack by a wide margin – up 18.1%

►In the context of balanced 60/40 strategies US strategies out-performed strategies more globally focused

►Aggressive focused multi-asset class strategies out-performed less risky options

►Within equities, Growth has slightly out-performed Value in 2019 and over the last year Growth also remains solidly ahead

►Thus far in 2019 more aggressive multi-asset strategies have outperformed

Currencies:

►Flat week fort the USD

►For 2019 we still expect the USD to depreciate slightly

►A depreciating USD will boost international asset returns – we expect this effect to persist in 2019

►A big question mark for this coming week is what happens to Brexit (yet again) – sterling is being massively tossed around depending on political prospects

►The Yen is now in a Break Down phase as investors have regained their desire for risk

►In general, FX volatility has increased substantially in the last couple of months

Commodities:

►Commodity indices have moved into an Improving phase as oil markets have found some stability

►Gas was up big last as it became less oversold

►Copper moved down slightly after a big spike up the previous week – still very growth oriented

►Gold and Silver were slightly down last week and are showing divergent patterns

►While inflationary expectations remain low, commodity prices are an excellent hedge should things change

This Coming Week:

►While risky assets have recovered we still think that risk is being shunned at the moment – investors seem uncomfortable making bod bets

►While not comfortable, US investors should allocate more money to non-US stocks due to their lower valuations and a depreciating USD

►The strong USD will not persist much stronger as the FED appears close to the end in terms of interest rate hikes

►The Value/Growth discussion is being overshadowed by sector rotation but on a risk-adjusted basis we believe that higher allocations to Value are warranted

►We are also watching out for any jump in inflationary expectations (which have been trending down)

►Tariffs are inflationary and will be reflected in higher consumer prices eventually

►Our biggest concerns revolve around a slowing global economy – The IMF recently lowered 2019 growth numbers to 3.5%

►We still see a risk on/off market this year making it difficult for short-term investors – probably best to extend horizons

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To read our full weekly report please click here

ic J. Weigel

Global Focus Capital LLC

eweigel@gf-cap.com

______________________________________________________________________________

Publications:

Weekly Asset Allocation Review – Free

Weekly Equity Themes Review – Free

The Equity Observer (Monthly) – Subscription Required

The Asset Allocation Advisor (Monthly) – Subscription Required

Asset Allocation Insights – Lower Growth Hits Equities


Taking a Breather Due to Lower Potential Growth

►The comeback for holders of risky assets was interrupted this week as growth concerns took over the agenda

►US assets managed to eke out gains with REITS especially having a good week

►EM and International equities had down weeks both in local currency as well as in USD terms

►On a YTD basis US Small Cap and REITS are in the lead – up 11.8%

►Commodity indices had a poor week as energy prices suffered large losses this past week

►In the context of balanced 60/40 strategies US strategies out-performed strategies more globally focused

►Aggressive, domestically focused multi-asset class strategies under-performed less risky options

►Within equities, Growth has slightly under-performed Value in 2019 but over the last year Growth remains solidly ahead

►Thus far in 2019 more aggressive multi-asset strategies have outperformed

Currencies:

►The USD had a strong week, up over 1%, despite ongoing budget discussions in Washington and a pause by the Fed in raising rates

►For 2019 we still expect the USD to depreciate slightly

►A depreciating USD will boost international asset returns – we expect this effect to persist in 2019

►A big question mark for this coming week is what happens to Brexit (yet again) – sterling is being massively tossed around depending on political prospects

►The Yen is now in an Up Trend phase as investors remain risk averse and the Yen is usually considered the “safe” trade

►RResource-oriented currencies experienced losses last week relative to the USD  as oil and gas prices trended down

►In general, FX volatility has increased substantially in the last couple of months

Commodities:

►Commodity indices continue in a Down Trend even as oil markets have found some stability

►Oil and gas were down big last week due to warmer weather in the US and oversupply conditions

►Soybean prices should be firming up as a trade deal with China gets some traction

►Gold and Silver while slightly down last week are becoming a hedge for nervous equity investors

►However, we still view US Treasuries as the best hedging option for equity risk

This Coming Week:

►While risky assets have recovered we still think that risk is being shunned at the moment

►While not comfortable, US investors should allocate more money to non-US stocks due to their lower valuations and a depreciating USD

►The strong USD will not persist much stronger as the FED appears close to the end in terms of interest rate hikes

►The Value/Growth discussion is being overshadowed by sector rotation but on a risk-adjusted basis we believe that higher allocations to Value are warranted

►We are also watching out for any jump in inflationary expectations (which have been trending down)

►Tariffs are inflationary and will be reflected in higher consumer prices eventually

►Our biggest concerns revolve around a slowing global economy – The IMF recently lowered 2019 growth numbers to 3.5%

►We still see a risk on/off market this year making it difficult for short-term investors – probably best to extend horizons

►In general, investors seem very pessimistic making contrarian plays interesting from a tactical perspective

Earnings season in the US is in full swing

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To read our full weekly report please click here

ic J. Weigel

Global Focus Capital LLC

eweigel@gf-cap.com

______________________________________________________________________________

Publications:

Weekly Asset Allocation Review – Free

Weekly Equity Themes Review – Free

The Equity Observer (Monthly) – Subscription Required

The Asset Allocation Advisor (Monthly) – Subscription Required

Asset Allocation Insights – Risky Assets Continue Their Ciomeback


Partying Like it is 2017 Again

►The comeback for holders of risky assets such as equities, real estate, and commodities continues

►EM equities perform the best of our major asset classes – up 2.3% for the week and over 9% over the last 3 months

►Developed international equities also had a huge week – up 1.7% and 5% for 2019 thus far

►Commodity indices also made a nice comeback boosted by higher oil prices – up 9.4% for the year already

►Aggressive, domestically focused multi-asset class strategies out-performed less risky options

►In 2018 lower risk asset allocation strategies   outperformed especially if allocations involved international equities but the story is reversed thus far this year

►Within equities, Growth has slightly under-performed Value in 2019 but over the last year Growth remains solidly ahead

►Over the last year, only Cash and US Reits exhibit positive returns

Currencies:

►The USD is losing some strength as budget discussions in Washington remain unresolved and the Fed has indicated being close to done with rate hikes

►A depreciating USD will boost international asset returns – we expect this effect to persist in 2019

►A big question mark for this coming week is what happens to Brexit (yet again) but sterling is showing strength

►The Yen is now in a Break Out phase as investors remain risk averse and the Yen is usually considered the “safe” trade

►Resource-oriented currencies experienced losses last week relative to the USD despite firmer commodity prices

In general, FX volatility has increased substantially in the last couple of months

Commodities:

►Commodity indices continue in a Down Trend even as oil markets showed continued gains last week

►Grain prices have also continued their upward path from the lows of last summer

►Gold and Silver are in the Break Out phase as investors have flocked to them as a hedge against equity volatility

►However, we still view US Treasuries as the best hedging option for equity risk

This Coming Week:

►While risky assets recovered last week we still think that risk is being shunned at the moment

►While not comfortable, US investors should allocate more money to non-US stocks due to their lower valuations and a depreciating USD

►The strong USD will not persist much stronger as the FED appears close to the end in terms of interest rate hikes

►The Value/Growth discussion is being overshadowed by sector rotation but on a risk-adjusted basis we believe that higher allocations to Value are warranted

►We are also watching out for any jump in inflationary expectations (which have been trending down)

►Tariffs are inflationary and will be reflected in higher consumer prices eventually

►Our biggest concerns revolve around a slowing global economy – The IMF recently lowered 2019 growth numbers to 3.5%

►We still see a risk on/off market this year making it difficult for short-term investors – probably best to extend horizons

►In general, investors seem very pessimistic making contrarian plays interesting from a tactical perspective

__________________________________________________________________________________

To read our full weekly report please click here

ic J. Weigel

Global Focus Capital LLC

eweigel@gf-cap.com

______________________________________________________________________________

Global Focus Capital
Global Focus Capital

Publications:

Weekly Asset Allocation Review – Free

Weekly Equity Themes Review – Free

The Equity Observer (Monthly) – Subscription Required

The Asset Allocation Advisor (Monthly) – Subscription Required

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