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PATH  •  08-Sep-2021

Jackson Hole: Dovish Fed reassures markets 

Andrew Harmstone, Manfred Hui
The US Federal Reserve appears to be excessively dovish, in light of a strong and growing economy. See why in our view, high valuations, increasing global regulatory risks and the possibility that the Fed is making a policy mistake, are signalling caution.

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PATH  •  05-Aug-2021

Is Low US Government Issuance Depressing US 10-Year Yields? 

Andrew Harmstone, Manfred Hui
As the US 10-year Treasury yield continues to move down, to many this appears counter-intuitive. We look at factors, which are likely contributing and what could reverse the direction.

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PATH  •  05-Jul-2021

Fed’s hawkish surprise, yet markets unruffled 

Andrew Harmstone, Manfred Hui
The Fed's hawkish surprise of two rate hikes projected for 2023 left markets unruffled, with the S&P 500 reaching all-time highs. Given longer-term headwinds, however, fundamentals, valuations and sentiment all point to the potential for higher volatility.

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PATH  •  11-Jun-2021

US Inflation: Real or Noise? 

Andrew Harmstone, Manfred Hui
Inflationary pressures are likely to persist in the second half of the year, with the potential for upside surprises. The GBaR team explain why these may be temporary effects, rather than the start of a new inflationary regime.

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PATH  •  10-May-2021

The Problem is the P not the E 

Andrew Harmstone
US equities are expensive, but valuations do not yet appear extreme enough to qualify as a bubble, given strong earnings growth and current low interest rates. With ample fiscal support and liquidity, we see limited downside risk in the short term.

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PATH  •  15-Apr-2021

Developed Markets Leading the Charge 

Andrew Harmstone
Rapid vaccine rollouts, combined with stimulative policy, have made Developed Markets and particularly the US, leaders of the global recovery. Yet there are reasons to be cautious, as record levels of equity issuance and inflows create a tug-of-war.

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PATH  •  18-Mar-2021

Markets jitter, but economy on track 

Andrew Harmstone
The prospect of inflation, rising interest rates and investor exuberance are making markets jittery. Yet economic recovery appears to be on track. Andrew Harmstone and his team discuss what this means for their portfolios.

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PATH  •  16-Feb-2021

Socially Divided 

Andrew Harmstone
The struggles of workers during the COVID-19 pandemic have brought into sharp focus long-standing social issues that affect every sector of the economy. The Global Balanced Risk Control Team looks at the investment implications.

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2021 Outlooks  •  10-Jan-2021

The Haze of Uncertainty Is Lifting 

Andrew Harmstone
Economic uncertainty wrought by COVID-19 and U.S. politics is dissipating. Our Global Balanced Risk Control Team discusses several likely growth catalysts in 2021 and what they mean for our positioning.

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PATH  •  18-Nov-2020  •  2:39 Min

After the US Election: Where are the Opportunities? [Audio] 

Andrew Harmstone, Manfred Hui, Christian Goldsmith
Christian Goldsmith shares the GBaR team’s latest market views.

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PATH  •  10-Nov-2020

US Presidential Election: The State of Play 

Andrew Harmstone, Manfred Hui, Christian Goldsmith
The GBaR team provides an update on its latest market views and asset allocation positioning.

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PATH  •  23-Oct-2020

Market Update: A Silver Lining on the Horizon 

Andrew Harmstone, Manfred Hui, Christian Goldsmith
The GBaR team provides an update on its latest market views and asset allocation positioning.

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PATH  •  02-Oct-2020

Road to Recovery: 2020’s Final Lap 

Andrew Harmstone, Manfred Hui, Christian Goldsmith
The GBaR team provides an update on its latest market views and asset allocation positioning.

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