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The financials market got off to a great start in 2013 as expected. Please refer the articles i have written in the past 3 months calling for this
The financial markets are likely to see a very strong year as equity risk premium for major economies such as EU, Japan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea are all over 10%. The fall in risk free rate plus the major compression of credit spread in 2012 has made equity markets one of the cheapest asset class out there. The other 2 asset class which could also perform well would be convertible bonds and high yield bonds as global default rate continue to fall on the back of quantitative easing.
Furthermore, in 2013 we are likely to see a repeat of 2003 and 1993 of which in 2003 the money that came out of the Nasdaq bubble fueled global risk assets including US subprime and asset backed markets which burst in 2007 . In 1993, the money that came out of post Japan bubble also fueled the markets in Asia ex Japan which resulted in the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis later on. I believe we are seeing a repeat here as globally central banks has embarked on massive quantitative easing and this year onwards the money is going to flow out of government bonds and money market funds to fueled risk assets especially those markets trading above historical risk premiums.
Stay tune for Part 3 of this article – as I analyze sectoral performance globally.
China PMI rose as expected. This did not come as a surprise as indicators such as retail spending, freight volume, overtime etc has been on the rise recently. What is extremely encouraging was the reading was strong despite the general slowness in October with long holidays and leadership transition in the horizon. I am certain further picked up in economic activities and growth in months and quarters are very likely and the recovery seems broad-based too. Some critics who are unfamiliar with the developments in China might point to the lacklustre lending numbers but if one was to add the growth in debt issuance (which are typically long-term financing) the total pick up in financing activities have actually picked up in pace and in strength. I would suggest readers to position for beaten down sectors (credit and equity included) to have a good rally in the next 3 months. In debt, Chinese Property, Auto Sector, Cement, Retail while in equity, Property, Auto, Retail, Construction, Healthcare, Logistics, Brokerage would be my obvious sectors picks.
Running up to the US election and Chinese leadership change and now Hurricane Sandy, risk assets have pulled back last few days. I believe this week would be the best time to add risk assets to your portolio if you have miss the boat earlier. Global inflation have started to pick up and fund flows have move out of money market funds in search of yields and returns as US and China economic data points to further recovery. Right now many global investors has parked cash in low yielding fixed income instruments such as government bonds. Once global economy picks up slighlty and QE being withdrew from the system money will chase for higher return assets and given low valuation in the equity and credit space, we will see a long and sustain run up in the Risk assets in 2013.
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) has welcomed the debut on October 29 of the first RMB-traded equity security on Hong Kong’s Stock Exchange – the world’s first RMB-traded equity security outside Mainland China, and the Exchange’s first dual counter equity security. The RMB-traded shares of Highway Infrastructure Limited are in addition to its previously-existing HKD-traded shares, and all of the shares are under the dual counter model (under the dual counter model, there are RMB and HKD counters of the same class of shares that trade in RMB and HKD respectively, have different stock codes and short names, and are fully transferable).
I believe this is a new beginning and provides investors alternativea new asset class to deploy their offshore RMB to just fixed income and deposits at the moment