Finding Value in Australian Equities

Investors in Australia have piled into defensive stocks since 2010, amid a global flight to safety. As a result, many cyclical companies are now unusually cheap, despite strong balance sheets and cash flows, and this has created a compelling opportunity.

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Investors Vote for Equities as Japanese Elections Near

Takeo Aso and Nicholas Davidson Current bearishness on the yen is reigniting investors’ interest in Japanese equities. In our view, yen weakness is likely to continue and may help boost the Japanese equity market, with undervalued companies poised to benefit most.

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Japanese Carmakers Can Surmount Backlash from China Dispute

Takeo Aso and Atsushi Horikawa The territorial dispute between China and Japan is clouding the outlook for Japanese automakers. But we think that bilateral business pragmatism will eventually trump the current political tensions.

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Defying the Crowd on Chinese Stocks

Slowing economic growth, uncertainty about government policy and disappointing returns have made equity investors wary of China. In other words, it’s a perfect time to hunt for investment opportunities.

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Déjà vu With a Difference
in China’s Investment Drive

Infrastructure investment in China is an important indicator of demand and a key signal of Beijing’s ability to revive the economy. This week, a flurry of news suggested that the rebound in infrastructure investment is gathering momentum. 

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Could Asia Come to the Rescue in a Global Double Dip?

Expansionary policy in Asia helped lead the world out of its slump after the 2008 financial crisis. While the region doesn’t have as much room for manoeuvre as it did then, we think it has ample firepower to deploy if the global economy slides into recession again.

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Stronger Renminbi Is Key to Chinese Rebalancing

China’s recent move to widen the renminbi’s trading band is unlikely to impact the near-term path of the currency, but we believe it represents another important step forward in the country’s financial liberalization. Below, my colleague Anthony Chan explains how a more flexible—and stronger—currency is a vital component of policymakers’ efforts to rebalance China’s export-dependent [...]

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The Chinese Currency’s Great Leap Forward

China is set to overtake the US as the world’s largest economy in less than a decade, but its currency, the renminbi, still accounts for just a tiny fraction of global trade settlement. While there’s a long way to go before it’s viable as a global reserve currency, we think that the renminbi will challenge [...]

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China’s Currency: Still Heading Up

The prospect of currency gains has long been a key attraction for investors seeking exposure to Chinese assets. But this week, The People’s Bank of China said China’s currency, the renminbi, was now close to its “equilibrium value.” We think the currency’s  appreciation is far from over, as my colleague Anthony Chan explains below.

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Asian Bonds: An Underappreciated Opportunity

With bond yields at historical lows and the risk-free status of many developed countries under question, many investors are looking to diversify the income stream in the defensive part of their strategies. So why are Asian ex Japan bonds typically so underrepresented in fixed-income portfolios?

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