Andrea Quapp highlights the fact both stocks and bonds are currently attractively rated, which is presenting her with asset allocation opportunities. She also mentions the importance of innovations such as artificial intelligence and, specifically for Switzerland, the appeal of the Swiss real estate market.
Christian Munafo of Liberty Street Advisors notes an improvement in market conditions for investors in late-stage private companies; many of these companies are similar to what public market investors used to seek in small to mid-cap growth stocks. He also stresses that many of them are not just high growth, they are also at or approaching profitability.
Goro Takahashi describes the key factors that influenced the Japanese market over the third quarter, particularly the main stock exchange’s ongoing initiative to improve listed companies’ financial indicators, and the areas he thinks investors should focus on into the turn of the year.
Julian Howard reflects on the combination of stretched valuation and a tight equity risk premium that has made equities less attractive in the short term. However, it does not undermine the very long-term case for equities, in his view. He also notes the long-term structural case for China.
GAM Systematic’s Dr Chris Longworth and Guglielmo Mazzola highlight bond sell offs and a commodities rally as significant market events, and note that systematic investment approaches can help provide investors with much-needed diversification for their portfolios.
Atlanti’s Gregoire Mivelaz highlights the three major events of Q3 that impacted his investment universe: earnings, bond call dates and the reopening of primary markets. He believes given we are now in a late credit cycle, credit quality matters for investors. And he notes that market mispricing is continuing to lead to opportunities.
Jian Shi Cortesi notes that weak sentiment in China is keeping Chinese equities at very low valuations, due to the soft economic growth, real estate drag and the ongoing China-US rivalry. However, she is optimistic about long-term prospects, with the conviction that in the long term earnings growth will drive stock prices.
European Equities – We remain positive on the prospects for the European banking sector; market pricing of the stocks has failed to appreciate the sustainable nature of the increase in earnings and return on equity from a return to positive interest rates
GAM Investments’ Niall Gallagher explains why he believes investors must adapt to a new global post-deflation environment, highlights how he aims to capitalise on opportunities in the new era of higher inflation and the challenging energy transition, and states his long-term positive view on the luxury sector.
At GAM Investments’ latest Active Thinking forum, David Dowsett highlights the four key issues he will be watching going into the second half of the year. Niall Gallagher discusses a strong earnings season for European equities and shares his thoughts on the European banking sector.
Niall Gallagher, Investment Director, Europe Equities, argues that the US Inflation Reduction Act is hugely important in the context of the drive towards decarbonisation, as well as the scope for significant investment in more resilient supply chains and a move towards a more regional, less global approach.