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Five takeaways from April and five things to watch in May


May 2, 2018
Subject | Macro views

As April came to a close, we learned some key lessons this month about the likely path forward for central banks, the growing concerns about protectionism, and the market’s sensitivity to any changes in key indicators. Below, I highlight five key takeaways from April, and preview five things to watch in May.

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Yield signs: Deconstructing a key market indicator


April 24, 2018
Subject | Invesco | Macro views

The biggest news of last week was not a tweet, but a Treasury yield – specifically the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield, which rose significantly last week, to 2.95%.1 As of this writing on Monday, the 10-year Treasury was yielding 2.98%, very close to the key 3% level it has not seen in more than four years.1 But what is this key market indicator telling us? And why do people care?

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As U.S.-China trade drama continues, is a risk-off stance warranted?


April 10, 2018
Subject | Invesco | Macro views

Last week saw an acceleration of the protectionist rhetoric between the U.S. and China. The week ended on a down note, with U.S. President Donald Trump tweeting a proposal for another $100 billion in tariffs, swiftly followed by China, despite its important holiday, promising to match the most recent round of tariffs and fight the U.S. “at any cost.” Following China’s threat, Trump admitted that the U.S. may feel some “pain,” while U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin conceded that, though unlikely, “there is the potential of a trade war.”

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Five things to watch in April


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

The first quarter of the year has ended with major developed market indices down slightly and major emerging market indices up slightly. But those numbers belie a very turbulent period in which stocks were whipsawed. Bonds also experienced gyrations, with the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury moving from 2.41% at the start of the quarter to a peak of 2.94% and ending at 2.74%.1 As we begin the second quarter, there are five critical things to watch.

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Tariffs, trade war concerns help spark equity market sell-off


March 27, 2018
Subject | Invesco | Macro views

It seems we are beginning to smell the faint hint of fear in markets. Not only did stocks sell off globally last week, but investors also fled to the safety of U.S. Treasuries, which drove the 10-year Treasury yield down to 2.817% – a level not seen in weeks. Last week’s market rout was the worst week for stocks in two years.

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The increasing role of technology


March 26, 2018
Subject | Active management | Macro views

There was a time when asset managers could largely be agnostic to technology. The common justifications were that the space was too esoteric, dynamic and generally difficult to understand. While there is some truth behind these sentiments, the increasing pervasiveness of technology into our lives and into the business models of most enterprises means that avoiding technology has shifted from abscondment to perilousness.

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Why truly active managers aren’t afraid of rising rates

With interest rates starting to rise, many investors are wondering what impact, if any, the move upward might have on their portfolios. We asked Marina Pomerantz, a portfolio manager on the Trimark Global Equities team and Neeraj Khosla, an investment analyst covering emerging-market (EM) equities for the same team, for their views on the current interest-rate environment.

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The Fed stays the course under its new leader

The Federal Reserve (Fed) raised interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point as expected on Wednesday and signaled two more rate hikes for 2018. It also released its Summary of Economic Projections (SEP) for the next few years, which suggests that the Fed is optimistic regarding the future performance of the U.S. economy.

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Revolving headlines lead to a tug of war for stocks


March 20, 2018
Subject | Invesco | Macro views

Across the globe, stocks experienced a tug of war last week, with good news (positive earnings and other signs of accelerating growth) and bad news (concerns that protectionist actions could slow economic growth) influencing the markets. I believe this tug of war will very likely continue going forward, and I’ll be closely watching for more market-moving news this week as new central bank leaders make their debuts.

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When geopolitical tension creates opportunities


March 19, 2018
Subject | Active management | Macro views

Whether it’s nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula, revolution in the Ukraine, the Brexit vote in the U.K. or an unpredictable legislative agenda from the Trump administration, there is no shortage of geopolitical issues for investors to consider. However, for us as long-term investors, the question is: When do these stresses create buying opportunities?

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Protectionism tightens its grip


March 13, 2018
Subject | Invesco | Macro views

I’ve been warning for some time about the economic dangers of protectionism and the potential for retaliatory policies that could stifle free trade. Last week, this threat intensified – and that was just the tip of the iceberg in a week filled with market-moving news. Below I highlight five critical headlines from last week and preview what’s ahead.

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Four risks to watch in 2018

Our market outlook is positive, but institutional investors need to be ready for disruption

My base case for 2018 is that global growth will be solid and accelerating while global inflation will be low and benign. While I expect central banks around the world to tighten financial conditions, I believe the pace will be slow enough that overall financial conditions should remain accommodative. If my positive expectations for global growth, inflation and financial conditions come to pass, then the environment should be supportive of all risky assets in 2018, including credit and equity. However, we can’t ignore the potential risks to these conditions.

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The dangers of protectionism


March 6, 2018
Subject | Commodities | Invesco | Macro views

Geo-politics is back in the spotlight, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel finally securing a governing coalition after nearly six months of uncertainty, while Italy embarks on its own period of uncertainty, given the inconclusive results of its election this past weekend. Italy’s voters are following in the recent footsteps of voters in the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and elsewhere – questioning the “status quo.”

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Five upcoming events that could drive markets


February 27, 2018
Subject | Invesco | Macro views

Markets took another roller coaster ride last week. The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury bond rose to 2.95% – a level it hasn’t seen in four years – but then moved lower by the end of the week.1 Stocks also vacillated, largely in response to those Treasury yield movements. It appears that markets are unsettled and primed to react to the news of the day – both negatively and positively. Below, I discuss five upcoming events that could possibly be the catalyst for more moves ahead.

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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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Above-trend growth could cause U.S. inflation later in 2018

Employment growth has been strong enough that the Bank of Canada (BOC) hiked its overnight target rate to 1.25% in January.1 The BOC statement attempted to balance the view that growth was near capacity with concerns that raising rates too quickly could cause the economic expansion to stall. The 10-year yield has broken through its previous peak of 2.15% on the growth story and a modest pickup in inflation.2 We believe yields should continue to move higher from these levels.

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