Head of International Portfolio Management, Shaun McDade, discusses the strength of the 4th quarter of 2019 and whether this is likely to continue into the new year.


4th quarter review: 0:00 – 07:54

  • Positive movements across most asset classes: equities, credit, commodities
  • Archetypal ‘risk-on’ quarter
  • Major events / non-events:
    • Positive resolution to trade dispute between US and China in form of the signing of Phase 1
    • Lack of nasty surprises in the macro data
    • UK General election produced a conclusive result – uncertainty around Brexit removed
  • Safe haven assets, including core sovereign bonds, struggled


Current situation: 07:55 – 11:30

  • DM equity valuations on the wrong side of fair value (not to an extreme level)
  • Broadly bonds remains expensive
  • There are nuggets of value


Where to from here: 11:31 – 16:04

  • Positive outlook – structurally markets are well supported
  • Accommodative monetary backdrop remains (Fed, ECB, BoJ, PBoC)
  • High levels M&A
  • Equity share buy backs
  • Short term volatility remains a threat

View the written the Quarterly Commentary for Q4, 2019

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