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Inside the Market’s View of Corporate Tax Cuts
Are markets upbeat on potential tax reforms? The markets (SPY) (IVV) surged last week with the announcement of a phenomenal update on the corporate tax cut. The S&P and Nasdaq Comp gained ~2% in the week ended February 10, 2017. The Trump administration’s proposed tax cut is likely to boost the economy, though analysts have […]
Mexico’s Manufacturing Activity Leaps to a 1-Year High in June 2017
Mexico’s manufacturing PMI increased to 52.3 in June 2017 compared to 51.2 in May.
South Korea’s Economic Growth amid Geopolitical Tensions
South Korean economy The South Korean (EWY) economy is currently affected by security threats from North Korea and several chaebols, or family-controlled companies. Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) (HYMLF), a chaebol, has been involved in a corruption scandal, like companies in many other emerging markets. However, on a positive note, most macroeconomic factors look promising thanks to new […]
Will the Euro See Inflation with the Fed’s Rate Hikes?
Slower business activity, job growth, and the UK’s Brexit referendum have led central banks in the Europe to continue the quantitative easing strategies.
Will Bond Market Rally Take a Break amid Interest Rate Hikes?
The possibility of a delayed Fed rate hike might have put a plug on U.S. Treasury yields, ensuring more days of a cheap dollar environment.
The Boon of Tax Reform and Infrastructure Spending: More Than Just High Hopes?
President Trump is expected to submit a tax reform and infrastructure spending package to Congress this year—all aimed at increasing business investments.
Hyman Bullish on Financials, Investors Upbeat about Rate Hike
Trump’s domestic growth-friendly policies Returns have been surging for the financial sector (XLF) (VFH) as the market expects to benefit from the Trump administration’s projected policies. Markets are highly confident with the expectation of more rate hikes, for example, and of widespread deregulation. Banks’ earnings have thus been getting a huge boost, and the market has been […]
Russia’s GDP Is Back to Positive Territory
The recovery of oil prices in the second half of 2016 has helped the Russian economy recover from negative growth in 4Q16.
Are There Parallels in China’s Stock Market Bubbles?
The bubbles created in China’s stock market in 2007 and 2015–2016 show that stocks fell ~65.0% and ~41.0%, respectively.
Improved Manufacturing in India, But Recovery?
The Nikkei India Manufacturing PMI for April 2017 matched its reading for the previous month.
Short-Term Corporate Bonds Help Mitigate the Risk
A short-term corporate bond offers investors with a lower risk profile to invest in fixed income securities with intermediate or short-term maturities.
Inside the US Dollar Index’s Mixed Response in 2017
The US dollar (UUP) (UDN) seemed to show mixed response to the Fed’s rate hike on March 15, as prices have reflected a downtrend so far in 2017.
Why the South Korean Economy Expanded More Slowly in 2Q17
Slower growth in exports, manufacturing, and investments impacted economic activity in South Korea (EWY) in 2Q17.
Will Falling Inflation Accelerate Monetary Easing in Brazil?
Brazil’s (EWZ) economy is showing signs of improvement in 2017, and inflation is hovering around its target rate.
What’s behind Malaysia’s Large Trade Surplus in June 2017?
Malaysia’s trade surplus jumped to 9.9 billion Malaysian ringgit (MYR) (about $2.3 billion as of August 11, 2017) in June 2017—an 80% rise YoY.
Are Prime Minister Modi’s Reforms Boosting FDI in India in 2017?
The implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (or GST) is expected to boost India’s medium-term economic growth above 8%, according to government data.
The Real Estate Reaction: Gauging the Impact of the Fed’s Rate Hikes
The rising interest rate is expected to boost the economy in the long run, but it could severely impact sectors like real estate.
Valuations of the Shanghai Stock Exchange over the Last Decade
The main drivers of China’s (FXI) (GXC) stock market are domestic investors who make the market volatile.
What Chile’s Mining Strike Means for a Highly Privatized Economy
Chile had been known as the best-managed economy in Latin America—until recently.
South Korean Stock Market Surges despite Geopolitical Tensions
South Korea’s (EWY) stock market soared to a new high recently, posting large gains across the Asia-Pacific region (VPL)(EPP). In this series, we’ll discuss what we can expect from South Korea for the rest of the year.
Why IMF Slashed Brazil’s Economic Growth Outlook in 2017
Economic activity in Brazil (EWZ) has been slow as it tries to emerge from its deep recession in 2016. But consumer and business confidence is improving.
Can the Mexican Peso Weather the Trump Effect?
The Mexican peso recently climbed in value after the Trump administration said that it would not exit NAFTA altogether.
French Election: Could There Be a Domino Brexit Effect in 2017?
Fink believes that with a Le Pen win, the possibility of a French referendum to exit the European Union would be much more likely than anticipated.
Will Trade Deal with Mercosur Bloc Boost Colombia’s Auto Sector?
Colombia (GXG) signed a deal with the Mercosur trade bloc on July 21, 2017, to allow the import of limited quantities of certain products without a tariff in the Colombian market.
Is Economic Activity in Mexico Steady despite Trade Fears?
The Mexican economy expanded 0.6% in 1Q17, beating market expectations. Exports and private spending have continued to support growth in Mexico this year.
Why the Ruble Is on the Rise
The recovery of oil prices in the latter half of 2016 has helped the Russian ruble to appreciate along with improved exports.
Did Macri’s Efforts Boost Argentina’s Growth in 1Q17?
Argentina’s economy expanded in 1Q17 after consecutive contractions over the last three quarters.
Consumer Activity Is on the Rise in India
Consumer spending in India (INDL) stood at ~17.8 trillion rupees in 4Q16, an 11% increase compared to 16.0 trillion rupees in 3Q16.
Why Foreign Portfolio Investment in India Is Rising in 2017
For the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, FPI in 2015–2016 saw net outflows of about 181 billion rupees as compared to an inflow of about 2,274 billion rupees in 2014–15.
How Auto Production in Mexico Is Trending amid Trade Fears
Mexico’s auto production rose 3.2% to 278.2 thousand vehicles in April 2017 as compared to April 2016 but decreased as compared to March 2017.
Is Devaluation of the Yuan Affecting China’s Market Performance?
The US dollar is expected to keep the yuan under pressure. Investors can probably expect a massive outflow of capital from China in 2017.
What Does the Flattening Yield Curve Indicate for Investors?
Bond markets are experiencing rising yields due to higher economic growth expectations. However, the 10-Year Treasury yield was still low at 2.4% on March 29, 2017
Will China’s Service Sector Growth Support Market Performance?
China’s service sector has been showing tremendous improvement since the last quarter of 2016.
Why Investors Are Moving to Index Funds
Index funds have recently gained popularity since actively managed funds haven’t been able to capture investors’ return expectations.
How Mexican Markets Are Rolling with Trump’s Anti-Trade Rhetoric
Markets seem to have overcome Trump’s anti-trade rhetoric by this point in 2017, given the lost confidence in Trump’s ability to implement his promises.
Russian Consumer Confidence Is on the Rise
Several macroeconomic indicators are suggesting that the Russian (RSX) economy is improving.
John Mack Weighs in on Financial Technology
The financial technology industry embodies a combination of financial services and communications tech and aims to reshape the financial sector landscape.
Greece’s Unemployment Falls, but Still the Highest Among Peers
Europe’s average unemployment has fallen to a four-year low of 9.8% as of 2016. Greece’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 23.5% in January 2017.
Why Indonesia’s Manufacturing PMI Hit a 10-Month High in April
In April 2017, manufacturing activity in Indonesia (IDXG) saw its strongest rise since mid-2016, mainly due to the faster expansion of new work orders.
German Consumer Confidence: What to Expect in 2017
Consumer confidence in Germany rose more than expected in February 2017, reflecting the recent boost in its market performance
How Have Equities Performed since the Brexit Vote?
Investors lost confidence due to the uncertainty surrounding the vote, which led to the expectation of the other member nations’ following in the United Kingdom’s footsteps.
Why the Service Sector’s Contribution to Brazil Is Important
The service sector is the main contributor to Brazil’s GDP and job creation, but it’s currently suffering from structural weakness and poor international performance.
What Bob Doll Thinks about the IPO Market in 2017
Equity market indexes across the United States are surging and recording all-time highs. The volatility index is also falling, which could be a good sign for IPO activity in 2017.
Why Colombian Consumer Confidence Improved in June 2017
The business confidence in Colombia (GXG) in June 2017 remained in negative territory but recovered from lows in the last five months.
How Venezuela’s Social Crisis Is Threatening Growth
The social and economic crisis in Venezuela has resulted in food and medicine shortages, a crippled economy, record high inflation, and falling oil prices.
Will China’s Real Estate Sector Bottom Out in 2017?
In 2016, property prices in China soared about 30.0% due to increased activity in the real estate space.
Surge in Imports Increases Argentina’s Trade Deficit in May 2017
Argentina (ARGT) posted a higher trade deficit for May 2017 at $642 million, mainly due to increasing imports as compared to its exports.
Can Malaysia’s Improved Retail Sales Support Economic Growth in 2017?
Retail sales in Malaysia rose 13.9% YoY (year-over-year) in June 2017, compared with its 13.6% gain in May 2017.
How the Deflationary Environment Impacts Japan’s Economic Growth
Despite persistent deflation, Japan’s (EWJ) economy is growing at a slower pace, and its 3Q16 growth exceeded expectations as exports recovered.
Understanding the Marginal Decline in Malaysian Exports in June
Exports from Malaysia in June 2017 stood at 73.1 billion Malaysian ringgit (MYR) (about $17 billion as of August 11, 2017), or 10% higher YoY.
Why Colombian Stocks Are Surging in 2017
As the third-largest economy in Latin America, Colombia is expected to recover from its subdued growth of ~2% in 2016—its lowest figure since 2009.
How Much Is China Really Devaluing Its Currency?
China had pegged its currency, the yuan, to the US dollar as it was a developing nation.
Why Malaysian Inflation Declined Again in July
Consumer prices in Malaysia grew 3.6% in June 2017, compared with its 3.9% rise in May 2017.
Why Mexico’s Manufacturing Activity Is Decelerating
Mexican markets may be starting to overcome Trump’s anti-trade rhetoric in 2017.
Are Russian ETFs Outperforming the Emerging Market Index in 2017?
Russia’s market performance has been affected by geopolitical crisis in Ukraine and Syria since 2014.
Did Emerging Market Manufacturing Activity Slow in May 2017?
The global manufacturing sector seems to be slowing down, reflected in the May 2017 manufacturing PMI’s three-month low. Global economic activity had experienced an uptrend since 4Q16.
Can Auto-Enrollment in Obamacare Outdo the Individual Mandate?
Auto-enrollment is now being considered as an alternative to the individual mandate of Obamacare—something that would reduce the current penalty to $0.
Mexican Business Confidence and Improved Trade in June 2017
Economic activity in Mexico (EWW) is expected to pick up in the rest of 2017, mainly due to improved exports.
Will Revenue Growth Support US Market Performance in 2017?
Soft economic data suggest an optimistic outlook that will rely heavily on the Trump administration pushing forward with tax reforms and infrastructure spending.
Could Wage Growth Improve as Employment Picks Up?
The US economy is swiftly adding jobs, with the latest addition of 227,000 jobs in January 2017.
South Korea Records Trade Surplus amid Geopolitical Uncertainty
Reliance on external sector The South Korean (EWY) economy is heavily reliant on the external sector. In 2015, it was the fifth-largest export economy (DBKO) in the world, according to the ECI (economic complexity index). China (FXI) is its largest trading partner, as the countries share a sea border. In April 2017, South Korea recorded a larger trade […]
Rising Unemployment Continues to Plague South Korea in June 2017
South Korea’s (EWY) unemployment rate rose to 3.8% in June 2017 compared to a four-month low of 3.6% in the previous month.
How the Recent Jakarta Election Has Undermined the Region’s Markets
The recent gubernatorial elections in Jakarta, Indonesia, provided surprising results that appear to fall in line with international populist trends.
Adena Friedman: Corporate Tax Reforms to Improve Economic Activity
Currently, the passage of tax reform is playing a significant role in Trump’s agenda in 2017 after some of the setbacks in their reforms.
What to Expect from European Markets in 2017
Stock prices across European markets (VGK) (HEZU) rose on February 21, 2017, and business activity in the Eurozone reached a six-year high.
How Are Russian Equities Responding to Oil Prices in 2017?
Improved industrial production and exports in Russia (RSX) have helped to lift the country’s economic activity in 2017.
Manufacturing in Malaysia: What Happened in July
Manufacturing activity in Malaysia remained subdued in July 2017.
Inflation in Colombia Continues to Fall in July 2017
Consumer prices in Colombia (GXG) rose 3.4% on a year-over-year basis in July 2017, lower than the 4.0% rise in June 2017.
Marginal Rise in Industrial Confidence in Colombia in 2017
Industrial confidence in Colombia (GXG) improved in June 2017 to -5.4% as compared to -8.8% in May 2017.
Exports in Colombia Fell in June 2017
Colombian (GXG) exports stood at $2.8 billion in June 2017, a 0.8% increase year-over-year and an 18% decline on a month-over-month basis.
Why Big Five Tech Companies Could Keep Dominating Markets
The big technology companies (XLK) are expected to continue dominating the markets (SPY) (QQQ) thanks to their size, innovations, acquisitions, and investments in 2017.
Ann Winblad: Why Technology Stocks Will Likely Maintain Momentum
The Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK), which tracks technology stocks, has posted gains of about 20% so far in 2017, as of August 8, 2017.
South Korean Exports’ Impact on Manufacturing Activity
Manufacturing activity in July 2017 South Korean (EWY) manufacturing activity dropped in the July 2017, with a sharp reduction in output. The Nikkei South Korea (EEM) manufacturing PMI decreased to 49.1 from 50.1 in June, according to an IHS Markit report. Manufacturing activity in South Korea returned to contraction, with reduced orders for its key export markets, […]
Why Mexico’s Manufacturing Activity dropped in July 2017
Mexico’s manufacturing activity in July 2017 In July 2017, Mexico’s (EWW) manufacturing activity as of July 2017 saw improvement in overall business conditions, though it weakened from the month prior. The manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) fell to 51.2 in July 2017 from 52.3 in June 2017, according to an IHS Markit report. New work orders and output […]
Why Indonesia’s Manufacturing Activity Fell
Manufacturing activity in Indonesia In July 2017, manufacturing activity in Indonesia (EIDO) fell at the fastest pace in 19 months, mainly due to sharp decline in its output. Indonesia’S (EEM) manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) fell to 48.6, compared with 49.5 in June 2017, according to an IHS Markit report. New orders also fell in July […]
Could New Sanctions Impact Russia’s Manufacturing Activity?
Improvement in operating conditions in Russia In July 2017, operating conditions in Russia improved at the fastest pace since January 2017. The Russian PMI (purchasing managers’ index) increased to 52.7 from 50.3 in June 2017. New orders and output saw the strongest expansion, each reaching a six-month high. The surprising improvement in the manufacturing sector comes […]
Greek Manufacturing Activity Continues to Expand in July 2017
Manufacturing activity in Greece In July 2017, the manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) in Greece (GREK) remained steady. Operating conditions improved marginally, largely driven by a rise in output. The business conditions improved for a second consecutive month as of July 2017. Consumer sentiment is improving in Greece (EEM ), with improved tourism and growth […]
Why Manufacturing Activity in Brazil Is on a Decline
Manufacturing activity in Brazil In July 2017, the manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) in Brazil (BRZU) continued to decline, falling to 50 from 50.5 in June 2017. July 2017 brought a slowdown in both output and new business. US companies doing business in Brazil include Walmart (WMT), ExxonMobil (XOM), Chevron (CVX), and Apple (AAPL). Brazil (EWZ) […]
Manufacturing Activity in India Impacted in July 2017
Manufacturing activity in June 2017 A survey of the manufacturing sector in India suggests that the introduction of a GST (goods and services tax) affected its manufacturing activity in July 2017. India’s (INDY) manufacturing PMI fell to 47.9 in July from 50.9 in June, according to an IHS Markit report. In July 2017, the manufacturing […]
Global Manufacturing Activity Picks Up the Pace in July 2017
In this series, we’ll look at the performance of global (ACWI) manufacturing indexes and manufacturing activity in emerging markets.
Why Indonesia’s Consumer Confidence Was Down in June 2017
Consumer confidence in Indonesia (EIDO) fell to 122.4 in June 2017 from an all-time high of 125.9 in May 2017.
Manufacturing Activity in Indonesia Contracted in July 2017
Manufacturing activity in Indonesia (EEM) in July 2017 fell at its fastest pace in the last 19 months mainly due to the sharp decline in its output.
Indonesia’s Exports Fell in June 2017
Exports from Indonesia (EIDO) in June 2017 stood at $11.6 billion, a fall of 11.8% on a year-over-year basis and 19% on a month-over-month basis.
Here’s Why Indonesia’s Trade Surplus Rose in June 2017
Indonesia’s (EIDO) trade surplus in June 2017 stood at $1.6 billion as compared to $1.1 billion in the corresponding period last year and $0.57 billion in the previous month.
Inflation in Indonesia Fell in July: Is It a Correction or Trend?
Inflation in Indonesia (EEM) in July 2017 stayed in line with the market expectation of 3.9%.
South Korea’s Business Confidence Remains Steady in July 2017
Business confidence in the manufacturing sector in South Korea (EWY) has remained stable at 78 in July 2017.
Why South Korean Manufacturing Activity Rose in June 2017
The South Korean (EWY) Manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index) rose to 50.1 in June 2017 compared to 49.2 in May 2017.
A Look at Consumer Confidence in South Korea in July 2017
South Korea’s (EWY) consumer confidence continued to remain steady at 111.2 in July 2017 compared to 111.1 in the previous month.
Equities in South Korea Rise with Tech Rally in July 2017
South Korean equities are soaring in 2017, with the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (or KOSPI), its benchmark index, reaching an all-time high of 2,451.5 in July 2017.
India’s Service Sector Activity Strengthened at the End of 2Q17
The service sector PMI (purchasing mangers’ index) in India (INDA) rose to 53.1 in June 2017, compared to 52.2 in May.
Why Manufacturing Activity in India Fell in June 2017
Uncertainty related to India’s new goods and services tax, which was implemented on July 1, 2017, seemed to affect India’s manufacturing activity in June 2017.
Is Consumer Spending Rising in India amid Reforms in 2017?
Consumer spending in India (INDA) is expected to grow via remonetization and other reforms undertaken by its government in 2017.
Mexico’s Auto Production Set a Record in June—Will It Continue?
The auto industry in Mexico depends on NAFTA, as major auto manufacturers in the United States have made Mexico their manufacturing and export hub.
India’s Rising Trade Deficit and the 2017 Rupee Uptrend
The trade gap in India (INDA) continued to widen in June 2017. In the month, it stood at $12.9 billion, a 59.7% rise year-over-year (or YoY) and a 6% fall month-over-month.
Will India’s Low Inflationary Trend Sustain in 2H17?
Consumer prices in India (INDY) rose 1.5% year-over-year in June 2017, slowing sharply from their 2.2% rise in May 2017.
Indian Equities Continue to Attract Investor Attention in July
Sensex, India’s (EPI) benchmark index, closed above the 32,000 mark for the first time on July 13, 2017.
Why Mexico’s Consumer Confidence Fell Slightly in June
Consumer confidence in Mexico seems have been hit by increasing prices in June 2017. Consumer confidence in the country fell to 84.4 in June, compared to 85.1 in May.
What Drove the Rise in Mexico’s Manufacturing Activity in June?
Mexico’s manufacturing activity posted a strong performance after its output, new orders, and employment picked up the pace in June 2017.
Will the Mexican Peso Continue to Surge in 2017?
The Mexican peso (EWW) continued to rise in July 2017, touching an 18-month high following the easing of President Donald Trump’s anti-trade rhetoric in the last few months.
Did Inflation Pose a Huge Concern for Mexico in June 2017?
Consumer prices in Mexico (EEM) surged 6.31% year-over-year (or YoY) in June 2017, compared to their 6.16% rise YoY in May.