The Swedish rate experiment; miners are not buying the “rebound” trade

Equities 3 minutes to read

Peter Garnry

Head of Equity Strategy

Summary:  In today's equity update we take a look at the Riksbank and it likely move to zero on rates and what the implications are for Swedish equities. In addition we take a look at emerging market equities which are currently outperforming. We are also highlighting that global mining companies are not rallying to the degree we would expect in an economic "rebound" trade.


On Thursday the Riksbank likely ends its negative rates experiment that started in 2015. The move is controversial as the Swedish economy is struggling, but a clear sign that the Riksbank is judging that negative rates on the margin is more harmful than beneficial to the economy and society. If the move to zero goes well it could lead the way for the ECB to change its policy mix as the ECB president Lagarde has indicated she would like to see. For now, Swedish equities have not lost out to European equities as the policy rate differential has widened over the past year. On the economy, it’s too early to conclude anything other than the Swedish services PMI figures plummeted to 47.9 in November the lowest reading since the euro crisis. With a positive 0.5% fiscal budget to GDP the Swedish government has a massive room for expanding the fiscal spending and offset any external or rate driven weakness. With Sverigedemokraterna gaining in the polls we believe the government will be forced to do massive fiscal spending.

As we wrote about last week the OECD’s leading indicators suggest that the global economy swung into the recovery phase in October and historically this has been good for emerging market equities. So far, we are observing this in markets with a 2%-points gain against developed market equities since last week. Weaker USD through the Fed’s liquidity operations and improving economic conditions should support that trend going into 2020.

While a potential melt-up scenario in equities is gaining momentum there’s one segment of the equity market that’s not buying into the “rebound” trade and that’s global mining companies. Typically we observe a strong outperformance when confidence in an economic rebound rises but so far mining companies are not outperforming the general equity market. This is not a healthy sign for the current equity rally so one has to be moderately cautious on the current equity momentum.

Source: Bloomberg
Disclaimer

The Saxo Bank Group entities each provide execution-only service and access to Analysis permitting a person to view and/or use content available on or via the website is not intended to and does not change or expand on this. Such access and use are at all times subject to (i) The Terms of Use; (ii) Full Disclaimer; (iii) The Risk Warning; (iv) the Rules of Engagement and (v) Notices applying to Saxo News & Research and/or its content in addition (where relevant) to the terms governing the use of hyperlinks on the website of a member of the Saxo Bank Group by which access to Saxo News & Research is gained. Such content is therefore provided as no more than information. In particular no advice is intended to be provided or to be relied on as provided nor endorsed by any Saxo Bank Group entity; nor is it to be construed as solicitation or an incentive provided to subscribe for or sell or purchase any financial instrument. All trading or investments you make must be pursuant to your own unprompted and informed self-directed decision. As such no Saxo Bank Group entity will have or be liable for any losses that you may sustain as a result of any investment decision made in reliance on information which is available on Saxo News & Research or as a result of the use of the Saxo News & Research. Orders given and trades effected are deemed intended to be given or effected for the account of the customer with the Saxo Bank Group entity operating in the jurisdiction in which the customer resides and/or with whom the customer opened and maintains his/her trading account. Saxo News & Research does not contain (and should not be construed as containing) financial, investment, tax or trading advice or advice of any sort offered, recommended or endorsed by Saxo Bank Group and should not be construed as a record of our trading prices, or as an offer, incentive or solicitation for the subscription, sale or purchase in any financial instrument. To the extent that any content is construed as investment research, you must note and accept that the content was not intended to and has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and as such, would be considered as a marketing communication under relevant laws.

Please read our disclaimers:
- Notification on Non-Independent Investment Research (https://www.home.saxo/legal/niird/notification)
- Full disclaimer (https://www.home.saxo/en-hk/legal/disclaimer/saxo-disclaimer)

Saxo Capital Markets HK is a company authorised and regulated by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong. Saxo Capital Markets HK Limited holds a Type 1 Regulated Activity (Dealing in securities); Type 2 Regulated Activity (Dealing in Futures Contract) and Type 3 Regulated Activity (Leveraged foreign exchange trading) licenses (CE No. AVD061). Registered address: Rooms 2001-02, 20/F York House, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong

By clicking on certain links on this site, you are aware and agree to leave the website of Saxo Capital Markets, proceed on to the linked site managed by Saxo Group and where you will be subject to the terms of that linked site.

Apple, iPad and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries. AppStore is a service mark of Apple Inc.

Please note that the information on this site and any product and services we offer are not targeted at investors residing in the United States and Japan, and are not intended for distribution to, or use by any person in any country or jurisdiction where such distribution or use would be contrary to local law or regulation. Please click here to view our full disclaimer.