News flash The year of the Fed

The year of the Fed

Early last year, we published a news edition entitled “The year of the vaccine”. Our thesis was that the success (or not) of the vaccine rollouts would determine the timing and extent to which global economies would reopen and normalise. This would, in turn, have a profound impact on the sustainability of the equity market…

News flash Yet another extraordinary year

Yet another extraordinary year

Last week’s introduction to our news flash concluded that “the Omicron variant does not warrant a change in our view that the global economy is on a road – albeit bumpy – to a full recovery”. As coronaviruses constantly mutate, they tend to lose their pathogenic intensity. Omicron seems to be following this path. Those…

News flash Beyond Omicron

Beyond Omicron

Our header may appear presumptuous, but this week the Omicron fear factor that gripped financial markets last Thursday and Friday, appeared to have reversed as we initially witnessed rebounds in both equities and currencies, with subsequent market directionality driven primarily by a focus on the US Fed’s updated outlook. Last week’s global market declines, which…

News flash US equities: Onwards and upwards

US equities: Onwards and upwards

The S&P 500 Index continues to set records despite known risks, such as growth slowdowns, supply chain issues, geo-political tensions between the US and China, rate hike probabilities, and persistent inflation. This has led to the S&P 500 Index now appearing very expensive, even as measured on a forward PE metric. However, it is likely…