Elections Come and Go

The US presidential election on Tuesday is currently the number one event risk for US equities.  But investors should focus on two more important underlying themes: positioning and reflation. Markets haven’t whole-heartedly embraced the reflation trade as money...

What They Will Do vs What They Should Do

Governments are becoming very concerned about the resurgence in virus cases seen since summer. In context, the rise in cases should not be too alarming. More testing means more cases will be found, and the relatively high false positive rate for the most common tests...

The Perfect Storm for Oil is Far From Clearing

Oil prices surged at the end of last week off the back of President Trump’s tweet that signalled production cuts had been agreed with Saudi Arabia and Russia. Despite the +40% move, Brent is still down 50% on the year. Longer-dated futures contracts haven’t reacted to...

Reflation in Danger Due to Low Liquidity

Over the past few weeks we have expressed scepticism on the Trump reflation trade and we have argued that bank stocks should underperform. We have shown previously that when you look at the 3 and 6 month change in Commercial & Industrial lending as well as the...

No Margin Support for Equities

P/E expansion has been an important driver of US equity returns in recent years. The left chart shows the disaggregation of returns in 5 year blocks going back to 1996. As we can see, in the years 2011-2016, 55% points of the 79% return of the S&P in that period...

Financials Rally at Odds with Credit Cycle

Financials have been the biggest winners since the Trump election  The S&P Bank ETF KBE has rallied 29% since the election.  We’ve written about financials over the past few weeks, but it is worth highlighting again. While we may see financials rally in the short...