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Asset Allocation Insights - January 13 2019

Asset Allocation Insights – A Relief Rally With No Legs


Breathing a Sigh of Relief For Now

►A huge comeback for holders of risky assets such as equities, real estate,  and commodities

►US small caps perform the best of our major asset classes – up 4.8% for the week but still down 6% over the last 3 months

►REITS also had a huge week after a poor last couple of weeks – up 4.5% and 3.2% for 2019 thus far

►Commodity indices also made a nice comeback boosted by higher oil prices – up 7.5% 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 but over the last year Growth remains solidly ahead

►Over the last year, Cash remains the best performing of the major asset classes

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

►A big question mark for this coming week is what happens to Brexit (Tuesday vote)

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

►Resource-oriented currencies experienced the biggest gains last week relative to the USD as commodity prices have stabilized

►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 some nice gains last week

►On the flipside, grain prices went down slightly last week but have recovered from the lows of last summer

►Sugar and coffee prices recovered along with the Brazilian Real – these 2 commodities are very sensitive to the currency

►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

►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 blowing out interest rate spreads and a slowing global economy

►Leverage on the balance sheet of companies should be cross-checked for sustainability

►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

►In this environment of fear, it is best to allocate capital to specific assets rather than asset classes

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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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Equity Market Insights -A well-behaved market that will not last

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Markets are constantly in a state of uncertainty and flux and money is made by discounting the obvious and betting on the unexpected

– George Soros

  • The seesaw continues for risky assets as small caps take the lead for 2019
  • Over the last month, all major equity categories have lost money
  • Surprisingly, EM stocks have held up the best in this equity correction
  • Valuations while more reasonable than 3 months ago are not that favourable
  • The key for equity markets is growth and whether we are entering a slowdown or not

Countries & Region:

  • A global recovery but with large differences in global market performance
  • Commodity indices recovered last week as oil prices firmed up helping resource oriented markets
  • In the US Value slightly outperformed Growth last week – higher quality and dividend yield also made a difference
  • In international markets Value out-performed Growth by a wider margin than in the US
    • Energy performed best and Tech did the worst (Apple effect)

Style & Sector:

  • In the US, we saw a strong size effect last week with small caps dramatically out-performing
  • Value performed a bit better than Growth
  • Within equity styles, Quality and Div Yield strategies resulted in better performance
  • The Momentum trade has gone in reverse with last year’s biggest loser performing the best thus far in 2019
  • Latam shot up last week recovering from poor 2018 performance and the rise in oil prices

This Coming Week:

  • Risk Aversion should stay high and we expect choppy markets this coming week again
  • Equity Technicals have deteriorated to the point that close to 65% of stocks in the Down Trend Phase
  • Political drama in Washington is exacerbating the uncertainty of market participants
  • Brexit is up for the spring but prospects of passing Parliament are slim. Could we be staring at Referendum 2.0?
  • Tariff wars are taking a bite with the IMF recently citing trade wars as the main reason for a cut in their forecast of global growth
  • Small caps have massively under-performed large caps over the last 3 months but had a nice recovery
  • Surprisingly EM equities have outperformed developed markets in the last month.
  • Our models still favor a reduction in risk in our portfolios with positive active allocations to cash and bonds
  • This too shall pass but market participants are hyper nervous on things companies have no control over
  • The price of higher equity returns is discomfort – volatility has been too low in the last few years

To read our weekly report including style factor breakdowns please click  here

Eric J. Weigel

Global Focus Capital LLC

eweigel@gf-cap.com

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Asset Allocation Insights – Bad and Getting Worse for Equity Investors

Investors Shun Equities

  • A slow week with a bit of cheer for equity investors
  • US small caps recover the most – up 1% for the week but still down 21% over the last three months
  • REITS gave back some gains last week (down 1.7%) and are now also in negative territory for 2018
  • Commodity indices remain driven by lower oil prices with no sign of resurgent inflation
  • Aggressive, domestically focused multi-asset class strategies out-performed less risky options
  • YTD lower risk asset allocation strategies have outperformed especially if allocations involved international equities
  • Within equities, Growth slightly under-performed Value but Growth remains solidly ahead for the year
  • Cash remains the best performing of the major asset classes for the year

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
  • The British Pound continued depreciating due to major uncertainty regarding BREXIT early in 2019
  • The Yen is now in a Break Out phase as investors remain very risk-averse and the Yen is usually considered the “safe” trade
  • Resource-oriented currencies experienced the biggest losses last week relative to the USD as commodity prices remain in a Down Trend
  • In general, FX volatility has increased substantially in the last couple of months

Commodities:

  • Commodity indices continue in a Down Trend as oil markets had another down leg
  • On the flipside, grain prices have been recovering since the summer
  • Natural gas prices were down over 8% due to warmer predicted weather and lower levels of fuel switching than anticipated
  • Gold and Silver had good weeks as investors have become more risk averse and the Fed has indicated only 2 more rate hikes for 2019
  • However, we still view US Treasuries as the best hedging option for equity risk

This Coming Week:

  • The year of risk-off continues with little to offer us hope that risky assets will recover soon – there may be a spike in January but 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
  • 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
  • EM equities, in particular, are recovering. We still believe that an allocation is warranted. Our biggest concerns revolve around blowing out interest rate spreads and a slowing global economy
  • Leverage on the balance sheet of companies should be cross-checked for sustainability
  • We still see a risk on/off market next year making it difficult for short-term investors – probably best to extend horizons

__________________________________________________________________________________

To read our full weekly report please click here

Eric 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

Equity Market Insights – Paralyzed by Fear

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“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear”

– Jack Canfield

  • The seesaw continues for risky assets –a punch in the nose
  • Last week was particularly bad as equity markets took a deep dive again
  • Surprisingly, EM stocks have lost the least over the last month but YTD remain the worst of the major equity categories
  • YTD US large caps are now in negative territory
  • International strategies have underperformed both in local market returns and a strong USD

Countries & Region:

  • The carnage continues –all major global markets took a nosedive with the US suffering the most
  • Commodity indices took another down leg last week as oil prices dropped again (-13%)
  • REITS are now down 2% for the year after a brutal -5.8% week
  • In the US Value and Growth both got pounded last week with Value outperforming by 1%
  • In international markets Growth under-performed Value last week by 50 bp.
  • Tech and Energy got hit the hardest last week

Style & Sector:

  • In the US, we saw a strong size effect last week with small caps dramatically under-performing
  • Value performed almost as badly as Growth
  • Within equity styles, Low Vol and Div Yield strategies resulted in smaller losses
  • The Momentum trade has gone in reverse
  • Emerging markets outperformed Developed international markets but remain still 15.5% down for the year

This Coming Week

  • Risk Aversion should stay high and we expect choppy markets this coming week again
  • Equity Technicals have deteriorated to the point that close to ¾ of our stocks are in the Down Trend Phase
  • Political drama in Washington is exacerbating the uncertainty of market participants
  • Brexit is up for next year but prospects of passing Parliament are slim. Could we be staring at Referendum 2.0?
  • Tariff wars are taking a bite with the IMF recently citing trade wars as the main reason for a cut in their forecast of global growth
  • Small caps have massively under-performed large caps over the last 3 months – risk is being shunned at the moment
  • Surprisingly EM equities have outperformed developed markets in the last month.
  • Our models still favor a reduction in risk in our portfolios with positive active allocations to cash and bonds
  • This too shall pass but market participants are hyper nervous on things companies have no control over
  • The price of higher equity returns is discomfort – volatility has been too low in the last few years

To read our weekly report including style factor breakdowns please click  here

Eric 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

Major Equity Markets

Asset Allocation Insights – Risk Is Off The Table

Investors Want No Part Of Risk

  • Another tough week for risky assets with no end in sight
  • US small caps take yet another down leg and are now down 7% for the year
  • REITS gave back some gains last week but remain our best key asset class for 2018 – up 4.1%
  • Commodity indices remain driven by lower oil prices with no sign of resurgent inflation
  • Aggressive, domestically focused multi-asset class strategies under-performed less risky options
  • YTD lower risk asset allocation strategies have outperformed especially if the allocations involved international equities
  • Within equities, Growth outperformed Value as Energy and Financials experienced large loses

Currencies:

  • The USD appreciated yet again last week and remains in a significant Up Trend
  • The British Pound continued depreciating due to major uncertainty regarding whether BREXIT will pass Parliament
  • The Yen continues in a Down Trend especially in light of lower economic growth in Japan
  • In general, FX volatility has increased substantially in the last couple of months

Commodities:

  • Commodity indices continue in a Down Trend as oil markets had another down leg
  • On the flipside, grain prices have been recovering since the summer but surprisingly soybeans were down despite increased Chinese purchases
  • Natural gas prices were down over 16% due to warmer predicted weather and lower levels of fuel switching than anticipated
  • Gold and Silver were slightly down last week but their technical picture has improved recently as risky assets continue cratering
    • We still view US Treasuries as best hedging option for stocks

This Coming Week:

  • The year of risk-off continues with little to offer us hope that risky assets will recover soon
  • While not comfortable, US investors should allocate more money to non-US stocks due to their lower valuations
  • 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
  • EM equities, in particular, are recovering but will end up in the red this year
    • We still believe that an allocation is warranted
    • Our biggest concerns revolve around blowing out interest rate spreads and a slowing global economy
  • Leverage on the balance sheet of companies should be cross-checked for sustainability
  • We still see a risk on/off market next year making it difficult for short-term investors – probably best to extend horizons

__________________________________________________________________________________

To read our full weekly report please click here

Eric 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

 

Equity Market Insights – Utilities Shine While Everything Else Gets Destroyed

Utilities are the new cool kids on the block

    • The seesaw continues for risky assets but utilities emerge as the standout performer
    • Last week was particularly bad as equity markets took a deep dive again
    • Surprisingly, EM stocks are up over the last month but YTD remain the worst of the major equity categories
    • YTD US large caps are barely in positive territory but US small caps are now down for the year
      • The S&P 500 is up 0.3% for the year while the Russell 2000 is down 4.6%
      • International strategies have underperformed both in local market returns and a strong USD

Countries & Region:

  • The carnage continues –all major global markets took a nosedive with Germany suffering the most
  • Commodity indices recovered last week as oil prices moved marginally up
  • REITS continue to be the standout performer – up 1.6% last week and over 6% for the year
  • In the US Value and Growth both got pounded last week (down 3.8%)
  • In international markets, Growth outperformed Value last week
    • Utilities continue delivering – only equity sector up last week

 

Style & Sector:

  • In the US, we saw a strong size effect last week with small caps dramatically under-performing
  • Value performed as badly as Growth despite Utilities being up for the week
  • Within equity styles, Low Vol and Div Yield strategies resulted in smaller losses
  • The Momentum trade has gone in reverse and Growth Stocks are key losers but remain ahead YTD
  • Emerging markets outperformed Developed international markets but remain still 13% down for the year
  • EM LATAM continues extremely volatile and was down 2% last week

This Coming Week:

  • Risk Aversion should stay high and we expect choppy markets this coming week again
  • Equity Technicals have deteriorated to the point that over half of our US universe in is a Down Trend Phase
  • The exception are Utilities where 68% of our stocks are in an Up Trend
  • The political drama in Washington is exacerbating the uncertainty of market participants
  • Brexit is up this week – will the Parliament vote for it?
  • Tariff wars are taking a bite with the IMF recently citing trade wars as the main reason for a cut in their forecast of global growth
  • Small caps have massively underperformed large caps over the last 3 months – risk is being shunned at the moment
  • Surprisingly EM equities have outperformed developed markets in the last month.
  • REITS have performed extremely well and are YTD our best performing asset class
  • Our models still favor a reduction in risk in our portfolios with positive active allocations to cash and bonds

To read our weekly report including style factor breakdowns please click  here

Eric 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 – Federal Reserve Words Stop the Bleeding for Now

Federal Reserve Indicates Rates Close to Target

  • Risky assets roar back after last week’s tough week as the Federal Reserve indicates that short-term rates are close to “normal”
  • US large cap, in particular, staged a nice earnings-related recovery
  • REITS continue quietly performing well – up 5.8% for the year (best among our key asset classes)
  • EM stocks also continue their recovery an are up 2.5% over the last month
  • Aggressive, domestically focused multi-asset class strategies outperformed less risky and more internationally focused allocations
  • YTD lower risk asset allocation strategies have outperformed especially if the allocations involved international equities
  • Commodities remained volatile and subject to the direction of oil prices – the trend is still negative

Currencies:

  • The USD appreciated slightly last week and remains in a significant Up Trend
  • The South African Rand continues recovering from oversold conditions
  • The British Pound continued depreciating due to major uncertainty regarding whether BREXIT will pass Parliament
  • The Mexican Peso recovered a bit last week as a new administration is sworn in this week
  • In general, FX volatility has increased substantially in the last couple of months

Commodities:

  • Commodity indices continue in a Down Trend as oil markets had another down leg
  • On the flipside, grain prices have been recovering since the summer with soybeans again up last week
  • Lumber prices continue being extremely volatile and remain in a Down Trend
  • Gold and Silver were slightly down last week and barring a real crisis continue on a downward trend especially in light of higher short-term interest rates

This Coming Week:

  • Home bias keeps winning as multi-asset strategies with international assets have significantly underperformed
  • The strong USD is partly to blame and the end may be near as the Fed indicates rates close to “normal”
  • We still foresee one further rate hike in the US in December but fixed income market conditions have stabilized
  • Our view is that volatility is here to stay
    • In fact, we see current asset class volatility as normal
  • We are also watching out for any strong jump in inflationary expectations (which have been trending down)
    • Tariffs are inflationary and will be reflected in higher consumer prices eventually
  • EM equities, in particular, are recovering but will end up in the red this year
    • We still believe that an allocation is warranted
  • Growth outperformed Value last week but we are seeing signs of industry rotation toward value sectors
    • The Momentum trade while still ahead YTD is losing strength despite a bif up week
  • The G20 meeting concludes – the US and China are still at odds over tariffs but maybe rational minds will prevail?

__________________________________________________________________________________

To read our full weekly report please click here

Eric 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

 

Equity Market Highlights – Momentum and Growth Get Mauled

Growth loses its edge as Momentum reverses

  • The last month has been brutal for equity investors
    • Higher rates contributed to this as well as slower expected global growth due to an escalation of tariffs
    • Surprisingly, EM stocks are up over the last month but YTD remain the worst of the major equity categories
  • YTD US large caps are barely in positive territory but US small caps are now down for the year
    • The S&P 500 is up 0.2% for the year while the Russell 2000 is down 2%
    • International strategies have underperformed both in local market returns and a strong USD

Countries & Region:

  • The carnage continues –US growth stocks took a huge pounding last week
  • Commodity indices took a beating last week (due to oil primarily) while the Real Estate market kept recovering
  • In the US Value out-performed Growth over the last 5 trading by over 130 bp
  • In international markets Value and Growth performed in line with each other
    • Traditional Value sectors such as Utilities and Staples outperformed along with Health Care
  • Technology and Energy were the two largest losers last week

Style & Sector:

  • In the US, we saw a strong size effect last week with mega-caps under-performing
  • Value once again out-performed Growth as the Utilities, Health Care and Real Estate performed well
  • The Momentum trade has gone in reverse and Growth Stocks are key losers but remain ahead YTD
  • Developed international markets were down the least last week but remain down 10% for the year

This Coming Week:

  • Risk Aversion should stay high and we expect choppy markets this coming week again
  • Equity Technicals have deteriorated to the point that over half of our US universe in is a Down Trend Phase
  • Tax loss selling is likely to intensify in the next few weeks
  • Tariff wars are taking a bite with the IMF recently citing trade wars as the main reason for a cut in their forecast of global growth
  • Small caps have massively under-performed large caps over the last 3 months – risk is being shunned at the moment
  • Surprisingly EM equities have outperformed developed markets in the last month.
  • REITS have performed extremely well and are YTD our best performing asset class
  • Q3 reporting is heavy in the US – looking for commentary on tariffs, slowing growth, and inflationary pressures

To read our weekly report including style factor breakdowns please click  here

Eric 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 – Stocks and Bonds Make Better Friends Under Duress

Stocks & Bonds – Friends Under Duress

  • Last week again showed why you need both stocks and bonds in your portfolio – when one zigs the other one zags
  • The search for assets that effectively diversify equity and interest rate risk is key especially given over-valued stocka nd bond markets
  • Yet another tough week for risky assets with 2 exceptions: Emerging Mkt equities and REITS
  • The outperformance of EM equities was driven by a bounce back in the Chinese market (up 2.8% last week)
  • Conservative (bond heavy) multi-asset class strategies outperformed riskier (heavier equity) allocations
  • YTD lower risk asset allocation strategies have also outperformed especially if the allocations involved international equities
  • Commodities remained volatile and subject to the direction of oil prices – the trend is increasingly negative
  • Within equities, US Midcaps outperformed last week with Value stocks trouncing Growth stocks by 1.1% over the last 5 days
  • A 60/40 mix of purely US assets under-performed last week a global version but remains vastly ahead YTD

Currencies:

  • The USD appreciated slightly last week and remains in a significant Up Trend
  • The South African Rand continues recovering from oversold conditions
  • The British Pound got pounded due to major uncertainty regarding whether BREXIT will pass Parliament
  • Theresa May can’t seem to win even when she resolves major uncertainties (Irish border this week, deal with EU)
  • The Mexican Peso continues its depreciation versus the USD and is firmly in a Down Trend Stage policy
  • In general, FX volatility has increased substantially in the last couple of months

Commodities:

  • Commodity indices had a bad week due to the continued downward trend in oil prices
  • Oil prices dropped 7% last week and are down over 18% over the last 60 days
  • On the flipside, grain prices have been recovering since the summer with soybeans again up last week
  • Lumber prices continue being extremely volatile and remain in a Down Trend
  • Gold and Silver were stable last week for a change but barring a real crisis continue on a downtrend especially in light of higher short-term interest rates

This Coming Week:

  • Home bias keeps winning as multi-asset strategies with international assets have significantly underperformed
  • The strong USD is partly to blame but we do not see a significant reversal anytime soon as US monetary policy is being normalized
  • We still foresee one further rate hike in the US in December but fixed income market conditions have stabilized
  • Our view is that volatility is here to stay
    • In fact, we see current asset class volatility as normal
  • We are also watching out for any strong jump in inflationary expectations
    • Tariffs are inflationary and will be reflected in higher consumer prices eventually
  • EM equities, in particular, are taking a huge hit both on the asset side as well as currency – this is turning out to be a lost year for EM investors
    • We still believe that an allocation is warranted
  • Value dramatically outperformed Growth last week and we are seeing signs of industry rotation toward value sectors
    • The Momentum trade while still ahead YTD is quickly losing strength
  • Q3 reporting is semi-heavy in the US – looking for commentary on tariffs, slowing growth, and inflationary pressures

To read our full weekly report please click here

Eric 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

 

Equity Market Insights – Strong Signs of Sector and Style Rotation

It’s Happening- Signs of Sector and Style Rotation

  • Value sectors are gaining momentum while Growth sectors such as Tech is losing steam quickly
  • Similarly, strategies such as low volatility are gaining ground at the expense of pure momentum strategies
  • The last month has been brutal for equity investors but some signs of stability have emerged
    • Higher rates contributed to this as well as slower expected global growth due to an escalation of tariffs
  • YTD US large and small caps are in positive territory
    • The S&P 500 is up 5.7% for the year while the Russell 2000 is up a meager 1.9%
    • International strategies have underperformed due both to local market returns and a strong USD

Countries & Region:

  • The carnage continues among Chinese stocks
  • Commodity indices took a beating last week (due to oil primarily) while the Real Estate market kept recovering
  • In the US Value out-performed Value over the last 5 trading by over 40 bp
  • In international markets Value outperformed Growth by 90 bp
    • Traditional Value sectors such as Utilities and Staples outperformed along with Health Care
  • Health Care and Technology are the two best sectors YTD but Tech has been losing momentum

 

Style & Sector:

  • In the US, we saw a strong size effect last week with mega-caps outperforming
  • Value once again out-performed Growth as the Utilities, Health Care and Real Estate performed well
  • Growth and Momentum keep dominating YTD among US stocks but the lead is shrinking
  • Developed international markets were flat last week but EM equities took yet another hit
  • EM LATAM continues extremely volatile and driven by politics

This Coming Week:

  • Risk Aversion should stay high and we expect choppy markets this coming week again
  • Equity Technicals have deteriorated but have recovered from the ugliness of prior weeks
  • Tax loss selling is likely to intensify in the next few weeks
  • Tariff wars are taking a bite with the IMF recently citing trade wars as the main reason for a cut in their forecast of global growth
  • Small caps have massively under-performed large caps over the last 3 months – risk is being shunned at the moment
  • Will EM equities recover? Seems to be all about the direction of the US dollar at the moment. Pretty beat up despite stronger fundamentals
  • REITS have performed extremely well and are YTD only slightly behind US equities
  • Q3 reporting is heavy in the US – looking for commentary on tariffs, slowing growth and inflationary pressures

To read our weekly report including style factor breakdowns please click  here

Eric 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

 

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