Global Market Perspective Q4 2017

Small caps, global liquidity, and seven-year returns are among the topics in the spotlight in the latest economic and asset allocation views covering Q4 2017.

06/10/2017
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Keith Wade
Chief Economist & Strategist

It was a quarter for emerging markets and commodities, as a combination of robust economic recovery and low inflation drove the outperformance in these assets. The trend was helped by a weak US dollar with investors responding to signs of strength in activity outside the US, particularly in the eurozone. 

Overall, risk assets performed well, although sovereign bonds had done well until the last month of the quarter when a more hawkish tilt from the US Federal Reserve (Fed) caused yields to rise.

Our asset allocation remains biased toward equities and emerging markets and we are generally short duration in our bond portfolios. This is largely based on a continuation of the “goldilocks” macro environment where growth is healthy, but not too strong to trigger inflation. Interest rates are likely to rise further in the US but we believe that the Fed will proceed cautiously and not reach the levels projected in its famous dot-plot of rate forecasts.

On a more cautious note, we do see the liquidity environment shifting significantly in 2018 as the Fed reduces its balance sheet and the European Central Bank (ECB) starts to taper its quantitative easing programme.

Although the Bank of Japan will continue with an ultra-loose monetary stance, we question whether this can be seen as a replacement for Fed or ECB asset purchases (see strategy section, “From QE to QT”). Looking longer term, we include our most recent forecasts for 7-year returns, which act as a timely reminder of the dangers of cash as anything more than a tactical asset. 

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Chief Economist & Strategist

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