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Special Report: Commodities

9th March, 2020 » Special Report: CommoditiesA crude way to double down

We are shifting currency investments because of the collapse in the oil price which, coming on top of Covid-19, is…

Special Report: Umbrella Idea

13th February, 2020 » Special Report: Umbrella IdeaGuts, shit, drought and ….. hope

Environmentalism and sustainability are unstoppable forces. But some investors remain slow to embrace the change. Thus far most effort has…

Germany

7th February, 2020 » Thuringian tremors

Political and economic risks are rising in Germany and, with them, pressure on the CDU. This week’s fateful cooperation with…

India

14th January, 2020 » On a slide

There is much to worry about in India. The slowdown in growth might have coincided with global weakness, but the…

Taiwan

13th January, 2020 » Democracy rules ok?

The outcome of Saturday’s Taiwanese presidential election was no great surprise. It reinforces the problems China and President Xi face…

Global

16th December, 2019 » Cold water

The removal of uncertainties is always good for a short-term market boost. But it’s often better to travel than arrive.…

Thailand

11th December, 2019 » A baht time?

Thailand’s currency is completely out of line with fundamentals. A large current account surplus has sustained it but that is…

Hong Kong

25th November, 2019 » Democratic tensions

The victory of pro-democracy candidates in the weekend’s Hong Kong (HK) district council elections creates another problem for US/China trade…

UK

4th November, 2019 » Beyond eternity

While some might view the latest ‘postponement’ of Brexit as another example of can kicking in reality, it materially changes…

US

17th October, 2019 » Warning signs

The length of a cycle does not necessarily condemn it. Indeed, the recent trend in developed markets has been towards…

Europe

7th October, 2019 » , Ad-Blues

The ongoing slump in German industrial activity isn’t likely to end soon. Many of the problems are structural and result…

Global

26th August, 2019 » La Rentree

Nothing in recent events has mellowed our views on the risks facing the global economy. The China/US trade conflict is…

Global

5th June, 2019 » Duller dollar

Expectations for easier US monetary policy are taking the wind from the dollar’s sails. These market changes reflect the worsening…

Global

23rd May, 2019 » Horse trading

The populists might get 30% of the vote in the European Parliamentary elections, but that will translate into just above…

Spain

29th April, 2019 » Por una cabeza

Pedro Sanchez’ gamble to call a snap election paid off. His PSOE has become the biggest party in parliament, its share of the vote at least 10% points ahead of any other. Yet one is left with a lingering sense of fragmentation, especially on the right.

China

26th April, 2019 » , , Trade thunks

We think there will be several effects from a US-China trade deal. These span import substitution, from a probable increase in US sales to China, including technology imports which will actually make it easier for China to meet its “Made in China” goals.

The Australian economy has had a great run, avoiding recession for almost three decades. Most macro indicators are in reasonable shape. But there are three risks looming. First, high levels of household debt and heavy exposure to residential housing put domestic demand under the spotlight.

Global

10th April, 2019 » Much ado about nothing?

The slowdown in global growth has been accompanied by an inversion of the US yield curve — the one recession indicator that always enlivens markets. While statistically the curve is an excellent forecaster of downturns, there is much to suggest things might be a little different this time.

China

4th April, 2019 » The Iceman Cometh?

People are always keen to write off China. Its authoritarian regime has built up malinvestments and debt beyond that of any other emerging economy, both in nominal terms and as a share of GDP. Even its GDP is often deemed to be over-inflated. But we are not on the cusp of a collapse. For a start, China’s financial system still has relatively closed circuitry, with the money being owed mostly by state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to state-owned banks, meaning relatively modest connectivity to the wider world.

Eurozone

8th March, 2019 » Contradictions

Faltering growth and undershooting inflation expose the contradictions of the ECB’s current policy approach. Despite Draghi’s insistence, they remain well…

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