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Good news is bad news: Deconstructing the market sell-off


February 13, 2018
Subject | Institutional | Invesco | Macro views

Stocks globally have experienced more than a week of tumultuous trading, with the U.S. stock market officially in correction territory. And after being relatively sedate for years, the VIX Index has risen dramatically in recent days, indicating rising volatility. Stocks have moved so far so fast that investors have experienced financial whiplash and are trying to understand what caused markets to change course so abruptly. To put it simply, almost everything that should be a positive for stocks is now a negative for stocks.

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Lessons from the stock market sell-off


February 5, 2018
Subject | Invesco | Macro views

Last week ended on a bad note. The yield on the 10-year Treasury moved up from 2.695% to 2.852% in just five days,1 spiking on the release of the U.S. employment situation report for the month of January. Not only did yields globally then rise, but this brought on the biggest sell-off in U.S. stocks in nearly two years – which then spread to Europe and Asia, putting downward pressure on equities in those regions. As I write this, futures suggest an extension of the sell-off today.

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Is the world shifting from connection to economic protection?


January 30, 2018
Subject | Institutional | Invesco | Macro views

Last week offered some stark reminders that we live in a very global and interconnected world. Given how interwoven our international relationships have become, the current trend toward de-globalization carries with it many consequences — and protectionism could become the biggest economic risk of them all.

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Disruption abounds, but will it matter to the markets?


January 23, 2018
Subject | Invesco | Macro views

For the past year, I’ve been talking about disruption as a key theme for the markets and economy. During the past week – with the shutdown of the U.S. government, continued efforts to form a coalition in Germany, and an Olympic agreement coming out of the Korean peninsula – it’s become clear that the theme of disruption remains front and center. Particularly geopolitical disruption.

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Getting a read on the Goldilocks economy


January 9, 2018
Subject | Institutional | Invesco | Macro views

Last week saw the release of the latest U.S. employment report, with just 148,000 nonfarm payrolls created in December.1 This was significantly below expectations and the previous month’s reading. However, it may have been a Goldilocks jobs report: It is good enough to stave off any concerns that the economy may be weakening, but it’s not strong enough to suggest that the economy is overheating.

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Ten expectations for 2018


January 3, 2018
Subject | Institutional | Invesco | Macro views

Last year was a strong one for capital markets. Most countries’ stock markets posted positive returns, with many markets, including the U.S., posting double-digit gains. Globally, and in the U.S., the best-performing sector was technology. Energy was the worst-performing sector globally – and was one of the worst-performing sectors in the U.S.1

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Who’ll be watching the punch bowl in 2018?


December 19, 2017
Subject | Institutional | Invesco | Macro views | Trimark

Last week saw a confluence of central bank meetings and decisions over the course of two days. They revealed central banks that are in the process of – or on the verge of – tightening. I was reminded of former Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair William McChesney Martin, who said the central task of his job was “to take away the punch bowl just when the party gets going.” But is the party really just getting going – or is it getting long in the tooth? And, most importantly, who is the chaperone? And how strict are they?

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Bitcoin: Digital currency or digital tulip?


December 12, 2017
Subject | Commodities | Institutional | Invesco | Macro views

Now, for the first time, investors are able to purchase futures on bitcoin, the digital currency. The Chicago Board Options Exchange just began offering derivatives contracts which provide the ability to bet on the future price of this cryptocurrency. The CME Group will also be offering derivatives contracts on bitcoin in the coming week. Investors seem to be excited about this opportunity, sending the price of a single bitcoin thousands of dollars higher in the past several weeks in anticipation of the launch of these futures contracts.

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2018 Investment Outlook: Global markets – 10 expectations for 2018

2017 was a positive year for the economy and capital markets. The global economy grew at a faster pace than in 2016, and risk assets also rose significantly1. However, investors are wondering whether the current environment will continue through 2018. Following are my 10 key expectations for the new year:

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Three macro trends to be thankful for


November 21, 2017
Subject | Institutional | Invesco | Macro views | Trimark

This week marks Thanksgiving in America. This coming Thursday we will break bread and devour turkey with family and friends and, most importantly, take time to show gratitude for that which is good in our lives. The act of showing gratitude and giving thanks is a universal concept and one that I would like to indulge in this week’s commentary. In that spirit, I take stock of the past year and share with you three market and economic trends for which I am thankful:

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How vulnerable is the stock market?


November 14, 2017
Subject | Institutional | Invesco | Macro views

Last week saw the U.S. Senate introduce its version of the tax reform bill, which caused some concern among investors. The Senate version of the bill delayed the much-anticipated corporate tax cut until 2019. In addition, because it has some significant differences from the House bill, it raised uncertainty about Congress’ ability to pass tax reform this year – or at all.

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Nine things to watch in November

Despite October’s reputation as a precarious month for stocks, the equity markets made it through the month without so much as a hiccup, let alone a correction. Last month commemorated the 30th anniversary of the 1987 market drop, but investors did not get spooked by the supposed “October effect.” With October behind us, it is now an opportune time to keep in mind some of the things we will want to look for in November and beyond.

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Why haven’t geopolitical headlines rattled the markets?


October 31, 2017
Subject | Institutional | Macro views

Geopolitical risk has risen in many areas of the world, and we saw several key issues escalate last week. When I travel and meet with clients, I’m increasingly asked why markets don’t reflect these growing risks. Part of the answer is that markets have simply become somewhat immune to it. However, I also believe that two key factors have helped cushion capital markets from the impact of geopolitical risk: accommodative monetary policy and the growing global economy. In this week’s commentary, I discuss all of these competing market forces. 

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Asian leaders retain power; questions surround central banks


October 24, 2017
Subject | Institutional | Macro views

The last 18 months have seen a rejection of the status quo in multiple elections, from the Brexit vote to the U.S. presidential election to the recent Catalonia vote. Last week, we saw the U.S. and U.K. continue to work through the changes stemming from their elections – and we saw one key region buck this trend and embrace the status quo as the way to move forward.

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Is stimulus still needed in a growing global economy?


October 11, 2017
Subject | Institutional | Macro views

More signs emerged last week that we are in the throes of a synchronized global economic recovery, with emerging markets and developed markets seeing improved economic growth. As the Trump administration works to pass its tax reform package, I expect the debate over economic stimulus to accelerate. Is it still needed in a growing economy?

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Q4 market outlook: Six trends to watch


October 3, 2017
Subject | Institutional | Macro views

Last quarter saw stocks globally continue to rise. The relatively accommodative monetary policy environment and improved global growth were strong drivers. However, as we head into the fourth quarter, I think it’s important that we recognize the potential for greater disruption – in terms of both geopolitics and monetary policy – which can cause greater volatility in capital markets.

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