Equity Monthly: Red October doesn't signal a slump
Head of Equity Strategy
Summary: Last month was brutal for equities with leading indices suffering big losses. But while a gentle recovery now beckons, major risks are looming on the horizon.
The market clearly went on a hunt for Red October last month with equities down 7.3% having been down by as much as 9.5% on October 29. This makes it the worst month for global equities since May 2012. Risk parity funds also had an ugly October with AQR's risk parity fund down 4.9% as fixed income did not provide shelter for the havoc in equities; the fund is down 6% year-to-date which will end up making 2018 one of the worst asset allocation years since WWII. What can we expect from here? Is this the beginning of a major decline in global equities?
The decline in global equities have taken US equity valuation down a whole half-standard deviation from around 1.0 to 0.5 making their expected return (see chart) more compelling again.
Quarterly Outlook Q2 2022
Quarterly Outlook Q2 2022: The End Game has arrived
- Shocks from covid and the war in Ukraine have forced the global financial and political world to change, but what will the end game be?
Productivity and innovation have never been more importantAs the world economy hits physical limits and central banks tighten their belts, could equities be facing a 10-15% downside?
The great EUR recovery and the difficulty of trading itIf the terrible fog of war hopefully lifts soon, the conditions are promising for the euro to reprice significantly higher.
Tight commodity markets – turbocharged by war and sanctionsWith supply already tight, commodities keep powering on. But will it last for yet another quarter?
Between a rock and a hard placeGeopolitical concerns will add upward price pressures and fears of slower growth, while volatility will remain elevated.
The Great ErosionInflation is everywhere and central banks try to combat it. But will they get it under control in time?
Australian investing: Six considerations amid triple Rs: rising rates, record inflation and likely recessionWhile global financial markets are struggling in an uncertain world, the commodity-heavy Australian ASX index is poised to keep a positive momentum.
Cybersecurity – the rush to catch up with realityWith the invasion of Ukraine, governments and private companies are rushing to reinforce their cyber defenses.