29. February 2016 14:57
The investment outlook remains challenging, with EM equities and forex markets likely to suffer heightened volatility. The low level of the broader GLI™ is consistent with future World economic weakness but it remains above the critical 30-level which has traditionally signalled World economic recession.
29. February 2016 14:54
The Emerging Market component of our Global Risk Index fell to 74.5 in January 2016, its lowest level in two years and significantly below the recent peak of 91.4 a year ago. Not surprisingly, given recent events in markets, the single biggest contributor to lower overall risk was Exposure Risk which has plunged to 23.7.
29. February 2016 14:51
Weak liquidity points to volatile asset markets and future economic weakness. The US dollar bull market is likely to peak later in 2016. Gold looks an increasingly interesting alternative.
13. February 2016 12:46
Could this be the week when the World’s two most celebrated General Theories were proved correct? Keynes’ General Theory of Money and Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. Both spell out the dangers of black holes. But whereas the risk of Earth disappearing into a cosmic black hole may be hypothetical, the liquidity black hole in global credit markets is here-and-now. Watch-out, we are being sucked in!
8. February 2016 18:45
The Positives in Japan's Negative Rate Decision
Japan’s surprise shift to negative policy rates looks a carefully scripted attempt to deliberately weaken the Yen, possibly because policy-makers fear a much lower Chinese Yuan. Since this further delays what we see as an inevitable (Yen positive) fiscal policy easing, we now expect more near-term Yen weakness. Looking more broadly, the BoJ move signals that negative rates have become an acceptable policy-option and one that the US Fed could also embrace. A higher gold price may be the obvious winner from this general breaking of the zero lower bound (ZLB).
8. February 2016 18:43
More Global Liquidity Troubles
The GLI™ (Global Liquidity Index) fell heavily again in January 2016 to 35.1 (‘normalised’ range 0-100) from 42.2 at end-2015. Liquidity is a leading indicator, predating the real economy by 12-15 months and financial markets by 6-9 months.
8. February 2016 18:37
Emerging Market Liquidity may be bottoming?
The EMLI™ (Emerging Market Liquidity Index) sub-component of our GLI™ rose in January 2016 to 27.0 (‘normalised’ range 0-100) from 23.8 at end-2015. This EMLI™ rise contrasts with the slump in the overall GLI™ to 35.1, highlighting the worsening picture for the Developed Markets.
26. January 2016 14:16
The Emerging Market Liquidity Index (EMLI™), our forward-looking indicator of investment risk and future economic prospects, ended the year at a low 30.2, or barely changed on the month and only a tad higher compared to end-2014. The GLI™ (Global Liquidity Index) and the EMLI™ both warn of continued tough investment markets and slower economic activity ahead.
26. January 2016 14:12
Global Liquidity, our forward-looking indicator of investment risk and future economic prospects, slid lower at the end of 2015, closing the year at an index value of 41.8 (‘normal’ range 0-100). This compares to 50.2 for end-2014. The GLI™ (Global Liquidity Index) essentially trended lower consistently through 2015 and its low level warns of continued tough investment markets and slower economic activity ahead.
16. January 2016 10:37
The recurring 8/9 year pattern of market crises – 1973/74, 1980/81, 1989/90,1997/98 and 2007/08 – threatens to repeat again in 2016. US liquidity is falling and pan-Asian liquidity remains weak. Only the Eurozone can boast strong liquidity conditions, and here the sizeable interventions of the ECB mean that the Euro will likely stay under downward pressure. Our three overriding concerns centre on: (1) the implications of still huge Chinese capital outflows (US$146 billion forDecember) for the Chinese markets and Asian economies; (2) the persistent weakening in US corporate cash flow with its negative implications for credit spreads, share buy-backs and economic activity, and(3) the further risks to general market liquidity associated with the Fed’s US rate hike and step-up in reverse repo activity (US$572 billion 6th January).