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18 March 2019: Surfing a risk-on wave

All eyes were once again on Brexit last week as UK MPs backed a motion to delay it to 30 June. That delay could be extended later this week if a deal cannot be struck prior to the EU council meeting on 20 March. Regardless, risk assets found support as US equities rallied hard and dragged most other markets with them, even if trade talks remain a concern. Volatility fell, as did treasury and bund yields – which still look expensive to us. In the eurozone, a rebound in industrial production and renewed signs of life in German activity surveys have lifted sentiment.  

Up next? Both the Bank of England and the Fed meet on Thursday. And we expect both to entrench their dovish paths. In truth, the BoE has little choice given all the uncertainty. A flurry of high frequency data could confirm a eurozone revival.    

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Our key calls

Week commencing 18/03/2019

Higher carry strategies to outperform in the US

The Fed will pronounce on the rate path again this week. We expect no change to the dovish stance first hinted at in January. Investors will be looking for signs the balance sheet run-off will cease by year-end and confirmation that the path forward now projects just one rate hike in 2019. 


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An on-hold BoE boosts bonds

The key issue now on Brexit is the length of the exit deadline and its terms. The uncertainty means there’s little the BoE can do but keep rates on hold. Meanwhile, jobs and wages data (Tuesday) should show the economy is operating close to full employment. Core inflation could rise slowly as a result. An extension to Article 50 should prove mildly positive for the pound.  

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Domestic eurozone stocks to benefit from revival

Economic growth in the eurozone has slowed, but the worst is probably over. Forthcoming survey data should show more signs of life after the pick-up in Germany. We’re looking out for the trade balance (Monday) before moving on to consumer confidence (Thursday) and Preliminary Manufacturing & Services PMI (Friday). 

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