Recently we wrote about how investors can navigate “Mr. Market’s manic-depressive mood swings”, cautioning that those swings are likely to get shorter and more frequent. Indeed, Mr. Market may already be getting grumpy again. And it is not quite because things are going badly. It will more likely be because he has gotten ahead of himself in terms of expectations. In this article our Senior Advisor Say Boon Lim shared his thoughts on why a correction is due and it’s important to watch the divergences - as the high growth with low inflation narrative is wearing thin and the US economy may be losing its ability to surprise on the upside.
Jul 22, 2021
Navigating Mr. Market’s Mood Swings Warren Buffett – channeling his teacher Benjamin Graham – famously said: “Mr. Market is kind of a drunken psycho. Some days he gets very enthused, some days he gets very depressed.” In recent times, the market has looked a lot more like the “drunken psycho” of Warren Buffett’s characterisation than usual. In this article our Senior Advisor Say Boon Lim shares his thoughts on how we would navigate through the market swings under signals from rate movements and expectations, economic recovery, covid control and vaccination roll outs, and in the process, the divide between the “vaxed” and the “vaxed-nots”.
Jul 15, 2021
We recently completed the annual rebalancing exercise for the two China A shares and Asia Innovative Technology ETFs. In this article our Portfolio Manager Alex and Partner & Co-CIO David will share more about the changes and portfolio characteristics post-rebalancing, which further align with strategic focuses of China’s 14th Five Year Plan, and recalibrate for opportunities in the new normal as COVID recovery in China and Asia enters the next stage.
Jun 24, 2021
Amidst the high risk of holding Developed Market government bonds and credits in an environment of rising inflation and historically low spreads, a frequent lament among institutions and large family offices is “but our mandate requires us to hold bonds.”
Jun 17, 2021
Vietnam market has been in a downtrend since the start of July: MSCI Vietnam index and Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Stock index dropped 8.5% and 9.7%, respectively, as of 21 July. Local investors are panic with the recent spread of Covid-19 and pricing in the worst-case scenario. On the other hand, the central bank has lifted the credit growth quota on the local banks from 8.5% to 10.5% while mentioning an interest rate cut, which would be favourable for the equity market. On the valuation side, MSCI is becoming attractive relative to its history. Its 12-month forward PE has dropped below its historical mean and was approaching the -1 standard deviation level, which was usually strong support in the past. Investors looking to buy at the dip may consider our Premia MSCI Vietnam ETF (2804 HK).