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    The Big Winner From The TPP

    After a tough summer with little to cheer about, investors finally got some good news yesterday. After five years of negotiations, culminating in six days of round-the-clock talks in Atlanta, the US, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim economies finally struck a deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. If ratified by the signatories’ parliaments, the TPP will be the biggest liberalization of global trade since China’s entry into the WTO, and the...

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    Asia's Good For A Bounce

    Financial markets offer a real-time snapshot of how humans, and increasingly computer programs react to new information. When they collectively engage in a fit of irrationality the opportunity arises to extract profits. With Hong Kong equities rallying hard in this morning’s session, it seems that enough investors reckon such a moment has arrived in Asia.

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    The Gavekal Monthly: More Questions Than Answers

    With the Fed having put its rate hike decision on hold, investors face an uncertain environment of weak global growth and inflation, tottering emerging markets and continued worries about China. In this edition of The Gavekal Monthly, Louis-Vincent Gave surveys the crucial questions investors must grapple with and identifies the indicators to monitor in the coming weeks. In addition, we highlight three calls from our analyst team: Joyce...

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    Has Abenomics Failed?

    Has Abenomics failed? On paper, the answer is an unequivocal “yes”. Almost three years after the election of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the “three arrows” of his economic revitalization program—stimulative fiscal policy, massive central bank monetary expansion, and far-reaching structural reforms—have missed all their declared targets. Far from accelerating to a trend growth rate of 2%, Japan’s economy has faltered, contracting at an annualized...

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    How Much Does China Really Matter?

    How much does China’s slowdown really matter to the rest of the world? At first this might sound like a silly question. After all, China is home to a fifth of humanity, it is the world’s second largest national economy and its second largest importer, and in recent years has contributed between a quarter and a third of global growth. What’s more, the recent volatility in China’s stock markets and exchange rate caused shockwaves around the world...

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    Deleveraging In The Emerging World

    There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about the collapse in emerging market currencies, with extravagant comparisons to the 1997-98 crisis. In reality, however, there is no “crisis”. Over the last three years an equally-weighted index of major emerging market currencies has fallen no more against the US dollar than an index comprising the euro and the yen. And despite all the recent turbulence in financial markets, there have been no...

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    The Gavekal Monthly: Opportunity Amid Crisis

    Today we launch a new publication, The Gavekal Monthly, which presents our latest investment recommendations, as well as a handy summary of our main views across all economies and markets. Think of it as a snapshot of the collective Gavekal brain. In this issue you'll find: "Opportunity Amid Crisis": Louis's assessment of the current investment environment, with ideas on how best to position your portfolios. Three...

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    No Light At The End Of The Tunnel

    Four years of grizzly underperformance has turned everyone into an emerging markets bear. First it was the currencies of the twin deficit countries that took a hit in the 2013 taper tantrum. Then it was the EM resource producers that faced the crunch when commodity prices halved in just 12 months. Now liquidity which had found its way into the healthier emerging markets in Asia is rushing out the door after China’s currency shock tilted the risk...

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    Emerging Asia’s Nightmare

    The investment case for Asian currencies has been a tough one to make over the last year as stagnant global trade and a stronger US dollar has constrained the growth outlook. Still, until this week’s “renminbi shock”, the region’s reasonable fundamentals and decent yields continued to justify a holding in Asian currencies. After China’s “devaluation”, this risk-reward position has changed as regional currencies look like prime victims of Beijing...

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    Sorry Singapore Patriots, You Are A Great Short

    On most matters the Gavekal house view is best explained by the fact that we don’t have one. Charles for now stands out as the house bear due to his concerns about a global system enfeebled by policymakers’ misguided efforts to ameliorate all risks. Our more bullish group, led by Anatole, reckons that “creative destruction” is afoot, but outdated national income accounting tools are not capturing the benefits delivered by digital globalization....

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    Japan’s ROE Revolution

    The adoption of a UK-style “stewardship code” and an officially sanctioned index of companies that satisfy minimum corporate governance standards (JPX-Nikkei Index 400) marks a serious attempt by Japan to boost both corporate productivity and shareholder returns. This effort is integral to the economic rejuvenation plan of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and arguably failure is not an option for an economy that a few years ago had started to flirt...

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    5C Asia: No Escape From The Regional Trade Slowdown

    Asia’s trade performance has been disappointing. After a two-year post-crisis rebound in 2010-2011, export growth in the region has slowed to an annual average of 7.5% in US dollar terms and 6% in volume terms. Compare that with US dollar growth rates of 30% seen in the years before the crisis.

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    Black Days In Brazil, But No Black Swan

    The end is not yet in sight for Brazil’s dreadful recession. The seasonally-adjusted economic activity index was down –3% YoY in June, and the current consensus forecast for full-year GDP growth is –1.7%, against +0.5% in January. Continued tightening of monetary and fiscal policy, coupled with lackluster external demand, makes possible a second year of economic contraction in 2016. The Brazilian real has lost -16.5% against the dollar this year...

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    Be Greedy When Others Are Fearful

    “Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful,” as Warren Buffett may or may not have said. Either way, when it comes to Chinese equities, this is sound advice. The -30% slide in the Shanghai Composite index over the last month stunned a market in which greed had been pumped up to stratospheric levels by a 153% rally over the previous 12 months. As with all previous leverage-propelled booms, the run-up eventually rolled...

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    5C Asia: Is Deflation Japan’s Disease, Or Just A Symptom?

    For a generation the words “Japan” and “deflation” have been inseparable in the minds of economists. The association is so entrenched that it is universally taken for granted that the central aim of Japanese economic policy must be to defeat deflation and, by extension, that any inflation must be a good thing. The result is the massive monetary expansion being undertaken by the Bank of Japan.

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    The Xi Jinping Put

    Over the weekend the Chinese government rushed out an unprecedented grab-bag of measures intended to support the free-falling A-share market, which by Friday’s close had tumbled 29% from its mid-June high. By deploying almost every weapon in their armory, the authorities managed to arrest the market’s slide, at least in the immediate short term. By the close of trading on Monday, the Shanghai market was up 2.4% from Friday’s close. But there is...

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    The Unequal Sell-Off in Chinese Stocks

    While the world’s headlines are concentrating on Greece, the real drama in financial markets is happening much further to the East. Since its peak in mid-June, the Shanghai Composite Index has now fallen by almost -23%, putting mainland Chinese shares in what is generally accepted to be bear market territory. Meanwhile intra-day volatility has reached mind-blowing levels, with the index swinging by more than 6% from peak to trough in each of the...

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    A Bear Market, Or A Rotation?

    Last week’s violent sell off in Chinese A-shares inflicted punishing losses on mainland retail investors and prompted any number of skeptical international commentators to declare that mainland China’s stock markets were a bubble that had now burst. The Shanghai Composite Index fell 13% over the week, losing an eye-watering 6.4% on Friday alone to round off the worst week for Chinese equities since the financial crisis of 2008. With the index...

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    Yen In The Hands Of Foreigners

    Having traded in a tight range since late last year, the Japanese yen made a technical breakout last week, weakening beyond ¥125 to the dollar for the first time since 2002. While Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda came out to jaw-bone against more falls, higher volatility is a worry for investors who have grown used to making Japanese equity gains in US dollar terms. We would stick with Japanese stocks which continue to benefit from strong...

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    5C Asia: Not The Taper Tantrum II

    The sell-off in developed market sovereign bonds over the last couple of months is uncomfortably reminiscent of the “taper tantrum” of two years ago. The triggers may have been different; in 2013 the sell-off was led by US treasuries, this time it was German bunds. Nevertheless, both occasions saw a 50bp rise in Global Bond Index yields in 40 or so trading days.

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