Grace Yan, a Senior Portfolio Manager and a member of the Nikko AM Asian Equity Team, talks about the underlying reasons behind her recent success in winning Citywire Asia’s Best Fund Manager award and her passion about uncovering hidden gems in the Asian small-cap equity arena.
Supported by optimism about the region’s ongoing economic recovery, Asian stocks delivered decent gains in May, shrugging off concerns about a spike in COVID-19 cases in several Asian countries and persistent worries about inflation.
US Treasury (UST) yields traded in a relatively narrow range in May. Inflation fears resurfaced, prompted by rising commodity prices and a marked increase in headline consumer and producer price indices in the US.
We believe that Asian REITs will continue to perform well while the economic recovery in Asia and the rest of the world remains strong and as long as the rise in bond yields do not become excessive.
We explain why corporate earnings in FY21 are expected to begin reflecting recovering confidence among Japanese companies as vaccine rollouts gain momentum. We also look into the BOJ’s trial run for a digital yen and the impact such a currency could have on the economy and markets.
Wer hat nicht schon einmal zu Hause gesessen und den Fernseher angeschrien, weil ein Kandidat in einer Quizshow eine offensichtlich falsche Antwort gab? Zweifel, Frustration und Hilflosigkeit fühlt man häufig in dieser Situation. Wenigstens kann man am Ende meist darüber lachen.
With the recent rise of nationalism in China, many foreign brands operating in the world’s second largest economy are now treading very carefully in their marketing campaigns and public communiqué.
While the Japanese equity market managed to strongly rebound in 2020 after a sharp fall at the start of the pandemic, it has lagged its peers in 2021 amid the country’s struggle to contain COVID-19 and its slow rollout of vaccinations.
Until recently, Japan was lauded as one of the few countries that successfully limited the COVID-19 outbreak. However, more than a year into the pandemic, Japan’s slow vaccine rollout is coming under increased scrutiny with the country lagging far behind its G7 peers in vaccinations.
Asian stocks turned in decent gains in April on optimism about the region’s economic recovery, especially after China and several other Asian countries reported better-than-expected 1Q21 GDP growth. The MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Index gained 2.5% in US dollar (USD) terms over the month.
US Treasury (UST) yields stabilised in April. Yields came off despite domestic data confirming that the US economy had gained momentum, and inflation numbers that were above market expectations. The Federal Open Market Committee statement announced no new changes to the direction of monetary policy but offered a more upbeat tone on the outlook.
"Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing", quipped Oscar Wilde.
We gauge Japan’s slow vaccine rollout from an economic perspective and assess the shift in work styles that occurred during the pandemic and its potential impact on real estate prices.
Asiatische Aktien mit geringer Marktkapitalisierung (Small Caps), die von 2016 bis 2019 von den Märkten weitgehend übersehen wurden, haben in letzter Zeit die Aufmerksamkeit der Anleger auf sich gezogen.
The striking 52% year-on-year surge in prices of second-hand US vehicles has, as expected, caught market attention, with global chip shortages often blamed for the disruption in the market for used cars. Behind the scenes, however, stands Joe Biden, the US incumbent president, whose first 100 days in the office was marked by several milestones, some of which could quite convincingly add more “meat” to the story.
Emerging Markets (EM) debt began 2021 by consolidating after an exceptional performance at the end of 2020. The negative performance was mostly driven by a widening of US Treasury yields while spreads remained broadly unchanged.
Our philosophy is centred on the search for “Future Quality” in a company. Future Quality companies are those that we believe will attain and sustain high returns on investment. ESG considerations are integral to Future Quality investing as good companies make for good investment.
The global credit market saw a positive start into the year in Q12021 as spreads continued to tighten. However, total returns were negatively impacted by the global move toward higher rates. At the beginning of 2021, cyclical sectors came back to the forefront and outperformed. Energy and automotive sectors were among the winners, while utilities lagged the rally.
The UST yield curve steepened further in March as stronger-than-expected domestic economic data prints, passage of the US dollar (USD) 1.9 trillion stimulus package and a ramp-up in the rate of US vaccinations amid slowing daily infection rates prompted investors to increasingly price in accelerating growth in the coming quarters.
Asian stocks succumbed to profit-taking in March as hopes over a vaccine-led regional economic recovery were overshadowed by persistent reflationary concerns and rising global bond yields. The MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Index fell by 2.5% in US dollar (USD) terms over the month.
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Following a tumultuous 2020 marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, global growth in 2021 is expected to improve on the back of positive vaccine developments and continued government measures. However, the pace of recovery is likely to be uneven among economies and fears of a resurgence of COVID-19 linger. It would be presumptuous to say that we are finally out of the woods.
We provide our view on the Bank of Japan’s latest policy review, under which the central bank decided to allow long-term rates to fluctuate in a wider band and removed its annual target for ETF purchases. We also assess the barring of foreign spectators from the Olympic games.
A large majority of our members agreed on a positive scenario in which the global economy mildly outperforms market consensus, while equities continue to rally.
In February 2021, Japan’s Nikkei Stock Average reached JPY 30,000 for the first time in over three decades. We believe that equities will keep rising, and that amid this shift in the broader market Japanese value stocks are on the cusp of a long-awaited turnaround.
Asian stocks gained in February as investors upheld optimism about a vaccine-led regional economic recovery. The MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Index rose 1.2% in US dollar (USD) terms over the month.
The potential return of long-muted inflation sparked a meaningful jump in US Treasury (UST) yields in February. Fears of rising price pressures were prompted by the combination of robust domestic data, positive development on the COVID-19 vaccine front and an anticipated increase in US federal spending. Overall, 2-year and 10-year yields ended the month at 0.13% and 1.41%, respectively, about 1.9 basis points (bps) and 34 bps higher compared to end-January.
For corporate bond investors one of the most important points of discussion is spreads. Spreads are the industry term for the risk premium an investor aims to earn in the corporate bond market. It is the difference between the yield a bond is promising and the risk-free rate. If spreads are narrowing it is positive for investors as the price of the corporate bond will increase; likewise, a widening leads to a lower bond price.
We assess the factors that enabled the Nikkei to rise above the 30,000 threshold for the first time since 1990; we also view the recent Robinhood frenzy from a Japanese market perspective.
The investment industry is constantly searching for ways to improve its decision-making processes. Some firms increase their research teams while others move into quantitative fields such as machine learning. Amid this constant search, we focus on an alternative way to enhance the quality of our decisions; mindfulness can make the difference between a rushed, emotional decision and a thoughtful, rational conclusion.
In 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic negatively affected a wide variety of Japanese assets, including the real estate investment trust (J-REIT) market. J-REITs have bounced back since, but their recovery has been sluggish compared to the Japanese equity market’s rebound. Despite the slower recovery, we believe J-REITs have ample upside room once the rise gathers pace.
The last 12 months have seen a significant rotation of topics discussed at investment meetings worldwide. The agenda has moved from macroeconomic data to infection rates, hospitalization rates, vaccinations and other issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We continue to spend the vast majority of our time on company research and there are doubtless other observers better placed to predict which path that the market will go down, but it seems more likely to us that the future will look much like the pre-COVID-19 recent past. For instance, central banks have become increasingly politicised in recent years. At the same time, many national governments are more indebted than ever, having rushed through huge wage support programmes—designed to postpone a severe economic reckoning as a result of the lockdowns that they imposed.
We believe 2021 will be remembered as a year that marked the beginning of the end of the COVID-19 crisis as the world develops vaccines to counter the pandemic. In Japan, we expect a gradual recovery of its economy in 2021, as the pandemic’s impact lessens, and economic activity normalises.
We expect North Asia to continue to lead the region’s recovery (at least in the first half of the year). But we also expect the growth divergence between North Asia and the rest of the region to narrow. Unprecedented fiscal support from governments have been pivotal to the ongoing recovery. We expect fiscal action to continue in the coming year but anticipate renewed private sector confidence as the vaccine becomes broadly available and provides a powerful tailwind to regional growth.
Asian countries have, by and large, handled the COVID-19 pandemic better than their western counterparts and are now emerging from that nadir. Most of these countries have plenty of fiscal and/or monetary stimulus headroom. And this superior growth and better national finances are available at a significant discount to developed markets. A languid US dollar will enhance local currency returns in these “risk assets”.
The global markets surged in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic. While we expect the liquidity-driven rise to continue for a while, we should be prepared for the tide to eventually turn. We identify Japanese industries, notably “Delta ESG” stocks, that could become sources of alpha in the post-pandemic world.
Ein weiteres Quartal vergeht und wir sind (jedenfalls hier in Großbritannien) immer noch sehr eingeschränkt, was das Reisen und das Zusammenkommen in Büros angeht. In meiner Freizeit suche ich oft vergeblich nach unverbrauchten und interessanten neuen Inhalten, nur um dann auf altbewährte Filme wie die Bourne-Reihe zurückzugreifen.
Die Corona-Pandemie hat in Japan Veränderungen ausgelöst, die in weniger turbulenten Zeiten viele Jahre gebraucht hätten, um in Gang zu kommen. Wir glauben, dass unter diesen Umständen erhebliche Werte freigesetzt werden können.
Der globale Corona-Ausbruch in der ersten Hälfte des Jahres 2020 hat die Welt auf den Kopf gestellt. Angesichts dieser Umstände stehen Japans Unternehmen vor der Herausforderung, sich an die „neue Normalität“ anzupassen.
Trotz erheblicher Verbesserungen in den vergangenen zwei Jahrzehnten werden einige Kritiker den Fortschritt der Wirtschaftsreformen in Japan stets in Zweifel ziehen.
Internet-Unternehmen haben sich im bisherigen Jahresverlauf gut entwickelt und den breiteren Markt dramatisch übertroffen. Wir glauben, dass diese Firmen angesichts der überragenden Rolle, die sie in einer Zeit nach Corona wahrscheinlich spielen werden, Potenzial für weiteres Wachstum haben.
Genug Unterschiede zwischen den Abenomics und der vom wahrscheinlich neuen Premierminister Suga vorgeschlagenen Wirtschaftspolitik scheint es nicht zu geben, um das völlig neue Etikett „Suganomics” zu rechtfertigen, das einige Analysten vorgeschlagen haben.
Es ist ziemlich offensichtlich, dass es sich bei Buffetts Investment nicht nur um ein passives Engagement handelt, da er beabsichtigt, mit diesen Handelsunternehmen zusammenzuarbeiten.
Zahlreiche Medienberichte deuten darauf hin, dass Yoshihide Suga das Rennen um das Amt des nächsten japanischen Premierministers anführt. Die wichtigste Frage dabei ist, ob er ohne große eigene Fraktion nur ein Platzhalter für den neuen Regierungschef sein wird.
Analysten und Wahrsager mögen mit politischen Spekulationen Aufmerksamkeit erregen. Aber dies ist keine belanglose Angelegenheit. Japan stehen sehr wichtige Zeiten bevor. Das Land sollte nicht wieder auf die schiefe Bahn politischer Wechselspiele geraten.
While everyone’s individual experience of this global pandemic has been different, there are many shared experiences that we hope readers will be familiar with. In short, the adaptations we have made as a society have changed the way we live and work. Might these new behaviours give a clue as to what industries and companies will prosper in the years ahead? Well, yes and (likely) no, but at least the task of observing our recent past may help us make sense of the present while giving us a clue about what might be round the corner.
In diesem kurzen Beitrag legen wir unsere Auffassung dar, warum eine eigenständige Allokation in asiatische Anleihen die Anlageergebnisse für Ihr Portfolio erheblich verbessern könnte.
Globale Aktien haben im Jahr 2020 eine wilde Fahrt hinter sich. Der Ausbruch der Corona-Pandemie zwang die globalen Finanzmärkte zunächst in die Knie. Zwischen Februar und März 2020 fiel der S&P 500 um über 33 % (in US-Dollar). Auf den starken Rückgang folgte eine rasche Erholung. Ende Juni hatten die meisten Märkte einen großen Teil ihrer Verluste wieder wettgemacht.
Der Ausbruch der Corona-Pandemie hat zu einer Marktvolatilität geführt, wie man sie seit der globalen Finanzkrise nicht gesehen hat. Auf der ganzen Welt mussten Regierungen Maßnahmen zur Einschränkung der Bewegungsfreiheit ergreifen, um die Ausbreitung des Virus einzudämmen. Dies hat die wirtschaftlichen Aktivitäten stark beeinträchtigt.