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  • IGM FX and Rates

    China's strong capital inflow outlook does not guarantee CNY strength

    IGM FX and Rates

    Last week's announcement that China sovereign bonds have won inclusion into the FTSE Russell benchmark index provides a further boost to China's portfolio inflow outlook. Indeed, the broader backdrop for China capital flows looks to be quite supportive given such exogenous inflows and a supportive yield and growth differential with the rest of the world. At face value this presents a bullish outlook for the Chinese currency. However, our study shows that the correlation between CNY and capital inflow momentum has been declining. This in turn suggests caution in assuming strong capital inflows will equate to currency strength. These shifting correlations are likely to reflect the influence of tariff rates on the CNY and the desire of the Chinese authorities to see some balance in aggregate capital flows (i.e. domestic outflows to offset offshore inflows). This latter point may reflect some caution around the pace of CNY appreciation. There is likely to be added focus on this latter point at the moment given the degree of CNH outperformance in recent months. Read more...

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  • IGM FX and Rates

    Viewpoint: EM investors turn cautious, await opportunities to engage in fresh longs

    IGM FX and Rates

    Viewpoint – EM investors turn cautious, await opportunities to engage in fresh longs Risks have converged to leave investors taking a defensive stance on EMs after Spring-Summer rally. That said many analysts expect the recent turn in fortunes for EMs and wider risk assets to create, in time, a potential opportunity to buy EM assets at cheaper prices. For more read our Viewpoint Blog >

    Topic Industry News

  • IGM Credit, IGM FX and Rates

    The Context 09.28.20

    The Context

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  • Zephyr Portfolio Analytics

    Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition 09.28.20

    Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition

    We are going to find out a lot about the health of the consumer during the upcoming week as we get personal income and consumer spending reports for the month of August. It is important to note that these readings will be the first readings that do not include the juiced-up unemployment benefits that were part of the CAREs Act which ended in July. Personal income will likely fall due to the removal of the additional $600 per week of unemployment insurance benefits. However, businesses have reopened which may offset the removal of the benefits. Additionally, we will get the September jobs report which I will be watching closely, particularly the number of permanent job losses. Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition and subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox each week!

    Topic Industry News

  • IGM Credit, IGM FX and Rates

    China Insight: Implications of CGB Inclusion in The WGBI

    China Insight

    As widely expected, FTSE Russell on 24 Sep in the New York afternoon announced that China Government Bonds (CGBs) will be included into the World Government Bond Index (WGBI), effective Oct 2021. Major investment banks estimate that CGBs would receive a weighting of around 5.7% in the WGBI. Assuming AUMs benchmarked to WGBI index is around USD2.5tn, the inclusion would result in USD142bn inflows to the CGB market. Assuming the phasing-in will last for 20 months, same as the time frame set for Bloomberg Barclay's Global Aggregate Index inclusion, CGBs will receive USD7bn inflows per month as a result of WGBIs month-end rebalancing. Once included, China will become the second highest-yielding country in the WGBI (chart 1), which should be very appealing to yield-seekers.

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    US Bond Funds see lengthy inflow streak come to an end

    Global Navigator

    A run of inflows that started in late March came to an end for EPFR-tracked US Bond Funds going into the final week of September as investors digested the US Federal Reserve’s tepid outlook for the American economy and took a harder look at the swelling pile of corporate debt. High Yield Bond Funds, which invest sub-investment grade corporate bonds, saw over $5 billion redeemed. Elsewhere during the week ending September 23, China’s footprint in the emerging market universe continued its rapid expansion with China Bond Funds posting their third weekly inflow record since mid-August and China Equity Funds recording the biggest inflows among EM Country and Regional Equity Fund groups. Sentiment towards Europe, meanwhile, is heading in other direction: for the second week running Europe Equity and Bond Funds both posted net outflows. Overall, Bond Funds experienced a collective net inflow of $1 billion the week ending Sept. 23. Investors pulled $343 million out of Balanced Funds, $6.8 billion from Money Market Funds and $22.7 billion from Equity Funds. In the case of the latter, the headline number was influenced by the “triple witching’ that occurred on Sept. 18 when the contracts for stock index futures, stock options and stock index options expired on the same day, triggering significant shifts within US Equity Funds. Quarter-to-date, US Bond Funds remain the biggest magnets for investor cash, a share of which is being pulled out of US Money Market Funds which topped the flow table for the second quarter but anchor the bottom of the table for the current quarter. Amidst the fixed income groups in the top 10, Equity Funds with socially responsible (SRI) or environmental, social and governance (ESG) mandates continue to stand out in what has been a banner year for them – year-to-date flows into SRI/ESG Equity Funds already exceed 2019’s record-setting total.

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  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Predictive power of EPFR: a Quants perspective

    Predictive power of EPFR: a Quants perspective

    Our webinar demonstrates the 'predictive power' of EPFR Fund Flows and Allocations data. Our event, hosted by our EPFR Director of Research - Cameron Brandt and our esteemed Quant team, Vik Srimurthy, Steven Shen and Sayad Baronyan provides a walkthrough of the EPFR models that support tracking peers, market predictions and risk management, as well as a deep dive into China through the lens of the pandemic, and valuations on Equity Flows and Rotations.

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  • Zephyr Portfolio Analytics

    Why SMAs are Suddenly Poised for Mainstream Adoption

    Why SMAs are Suddenly Poised for Mainstream Adoption

    Once reserved for institutional investors or ultra-high-net-worth clients, separately managed accounts (SMAs) are suddenly growing more popular in U.S. wealth management portfolios. Why? With more and more asset allocators strategically seeking mass affluent clientele to add to their books of business, there is also a need to diversify from traditional, more one-size-fits-all investment products. Allocators are now adding products such as SMAs and UMAs to differentiate their product line-up and attract new clients in an increasingly competitive market. In this first webinar of Zephyr’s Be Active series on SMAs, we’ll shed some light on the industry in a fun, interactive webinar format modeled after the boardgame Mystery Date. You’ll hear from leading due diligence experts as they explain their approach to SMAs. And learn from top-performing SMA providers who illustrate their different investment strategies, philosophies and approaches to aligning SMAs with SRI and ESG investments to meet the growing demand for more transparency, control and customization in a post-pandemic world.

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  • Zephyr Portfolio Analytics

    Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition 09.21.20

    Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition

    Data from the red-hot housing market continues during the upcoming week with the release of existing and new home sales. Both numbers should be strong, particularly new homes, as we found out this week the confidence for home builders is at record highs due to the increase in demand for new homes, as limited existing home inventory has pushed buyers to build. Additionally, the manufacturing and services PMIs for September will be released on Wednesday. After rising above the breakpoint level of 50, which signals expansionary conditions, the question remains will both PMIs continue to signal expansion. Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition and subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox each week!

    Topic Industry News

  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    Quants Corner - Factor flow: Augmenting the toolkit.

    Quant Corner

    EPFR subscribers have traditionally looked at the kinds of funds money is moving into. Active or passive? ETF or mutual fund? Equity or Bond? Energy or Technology? They have also looked at where: Pacific or Europe, Global or GEM. They have usually overlooked factors. Based on their prospectus, EPFR’s data team classifies funds by Style (Growth/Value/Blend), Size (Large/Mid/Small) and Social Responsibility (ESG/not ESG). However, merely by looking at past returns, it is also possible to also classify funds by Momentum, Reversal, Volatility, Beta and Oil Sensitivity. Finally, to add icing to the cake, it is possible to classify funds based on Flow. This blog details what happens, both in terms of additional information and for returns, when you break down money flow in terms of these factors.

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  • IGM FX and Rates

    Asian FX focus: Can IDR play catch up in Q4?

    IGM FX and Rates

    In this piece we highlight the underperformance of IDR FX within the USD/Asia bloc in Q3. We outline the likely drivers of this underperformance, with pay back from an exceptional Q2 performance, central bank intervention to accumulate USDs and weaker seasonality (particularly in August and September), as the most likely drivers. Lack of offshore capital inflows into the local bond market was also a contributor. Looking ahead into Q4 we argue that IDR can play catch up with the stronger EM Asia FX trend. Seasonal headwinds should dissipate, the central bank should be more comfortable with appreciation and guard against a break above 15000, whilst there is ample scope for offshore investors to re-allocate to Indonesia, given attractive real yields on offer and dovish Fed backdrop. We recognize that global equity market sentiment is weaker now, but USD/IDR spikes should be used as opportunities to average into a short USD position. Read more...

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  • IGM FX and Rates

    EM FX Viewpoint: Upside risks to Usd/Mxn are greater after Q3 leading slide

    IGM FX and Rates

    Since the start of Q3 the Mexican Peso has been the best EM currency performer vs the USD, rising over 7.0%. However, as an EM sentiment bellwether the MXN may well have had its best run. There is also the risk of a credit rating downgrade to junk which could spur huge outflows. For more read our EM FX Viewpoint Blog >

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  • IGM Credit, IGM FX and Rates

    China Insight: Liquidity Remains Tight, Despite Sizeable MLF

    China Insight

    PBOC on 15 September conducted a CNY600bn 1-year medium-term lending facility (MLF), more than enough to roll over the same type of facility (sized at CNY200bn) that expired in the same week. Despite the rate being unchanged at 2.95%, the facility size was large enough to stir up speculation over a possible re-emergence of a looser liquidity environment before and after the upcoming Golden Week holiday. However, what actually happened over the rest of the week suggested the surprisingly large MLF operation was mainly aimed at supporting market sentiment before the CGB auction held on 16 September. As soon as the auction was wrapped up, PBOC immediately showed its reluctance to let liquidity go any looser again. On 17 Sep, PBOC only conducted a small-sized 7-day OMO reverse repo, resulting in a re-emergence of net liquidity withdrawal.

    Topic Industry News

  • IGM Credit, IGM FX and Rates

    The Context 09.21.20

    The Context

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  • EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

    US Equity Funds benefit as risk appetite slips in mid-September

    Global Navigator

    With COVID-19 caseloads on the rise in Europe and key emerging markets, predictions for effective widescale vaccination slipping into 2Q21, last week’s technology sell off jolting market confidence and Sino-US tensions still running high, investor sentiment took a turn for the defensive during the second week of September. US Bond and Equity Funds absorbed a combined $33 billion, with the latter posting their biggest weekly inflow since 1Q19, while redemptions from Emerging Markets Equity, Europe Bond and Alternative Funds hit six, 12 and 25-week highs respectively.

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