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Thursday, 19 July 2018

But the big dogs are bullish

But the big dogs are bullish: Strategists and investors from Goldman Sachs, Franklin Templeton Investments and BlackRock appear unfazed by the apocalypse, stating that emerging markets are poised to stage a rally. For them, cheap prices, rising corporate profits and strong fundamentals outweigh risks from a tit-for-tat trade war, rising interest rates and potential U.S. recession. "We do like EM assets, particularly EM equities," Isabelle Mateos y Lago, chief multi-asset strategist at BlackRock Investment Institute, tells Bloomberg. "It’s a combination of the global growth backdrop, earnings expectations for emerging-market corporations and valuations."

The bulls, however, appear to be in the minority, a Bloomberg survey of 20 investors, traders and strategists showed that more than half of market participants expect the selloff in EM stocks and currencies to continue. “Pessimism towards developing-nation stocks is close to the highest level in 23 years,” according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Risk-Love indicator.

Big picture perspective says that EMs ability to get past the slump will depend on the fundamentals. That’s the lesson we’re taking from this excellent piece in the FT. It looks at “destiny instinct” — the idea that innate characteristics determine the destinies of people, countries, religions or cultures (in other words, racism). It is easy to dismiss people from EMs such as sub-Saharan Africa as being constantly plagued by conflict and lack of development. The same was said of China once upon a time.

Globally, Morgan Stanley reported a 39% y-o-y increase increase in net profits for 2Q2018 to USD 2.4 bn, beating out the other top four in Wall Street who have collectively earned USD 5 bn, according to the salmon-colored paper.

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