China is one of the few major countries where growth is strongly re-accelerating, inflation is falling and economic policy remains expansionary. Almost all indicators are in the green and the Chinese equity market is globally attractive.
The strong outperformance of European equities (Eurostoxx large) between the beginning of September 2022 and the beginning of March is quite impressive. In local currency, the EuroStoxx outperformed the S&P500 by almost 19%; the outperformance is even more marked in euro (25%) due to the appreciation of the euro over the period.
In the last newsletter, we pointed out that „the context at the beginning of the year is favourable for the markets, both equity and bonds, as it incorporates quite a favourable mix: continued disinflation, the prospect of an upcoming pause by the Fed and the expectation of a vigorous recovery in China following the end of the zero Covid strategy. In short, a Goldilocks-like outlook. At the beginning of the year, it is always tempting to extrapolate recent trends. Experience shows, however, that intra-annual developments are rarely linear. It is thus likely that economists will revise their inflation forecasts downwards and that the statistics for the coming months, fuelled by the Chinese recovery, will be more disappointing.”
The context at the beginning of the year is favourable for the markets, both equities and bonds, as it incorporates quite a favourable mix: continued disinflation, the prospect of an upcoming pause by the Fed and the expectation of a vigorous recovery in China following the end of the zero Covid strategy.
The link between global warming and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is not in dispute and the world’s public opinion has become aware of it. CO2 accounts for three quarters of GHG emissions, although the share of methane has been increasing in recent years.
In our view, the January sell off was “just” a correction and not the beginning of a bear market. So, even if we should not be under the illusion that the market will return to its peak level rapidly, this drop could be considered as a good entry point.
Are we currently seeing formation of a bubble, or even a bubble peak, following the past four month’s rally? Indeed, over the period, despite the slew of bad news, the S&P 500 experienced just two slight consolidations. Could the sell-off of the past few days not be the first signs of a deeper downtrend on a 6-month horizon?