Tactical Asset Allocation-July 2020

By and large, recent global economic data releases have shown signs of stabilization as most economies have begun the reopening process, confirming our Recovery regime initiated in June.

Our macro regime framework continues to indicate the global economy is moving into a recovery regime, confirming our expectation of an inflection in the business cycle. By and large, recent global economic data releases have shown signs of stabilization as most economies have begun the reopening process. Over the past two months, indicators from consumer confidence to retail sales, business surveys and industrial orders suggest modest improvements off the bottom readings registered in April when the most stringent lockdown measures were in effect. As we discussed in our June update, the improvement in economic data is most apparent in Asia, particularly in China, where evidence of an economic recovery is emerging across several parts of the economy, such as housing, industrial orders and production, money and credit growth. Emerging markets outside of Asia are still lagging, reflecting the most recent contagion waves in Latin America and Russia (Figure 1).

While the developed world is still contracting, the rate of deterioration is slowly improving, particularly in Europe where economic data may soon confirm the transition to a recovery phase likely ahead of the United States. Furthermore, sentiment in global capital markets continue to improve with additional broad-based outperformance in risky assets, indicative of improving global growth expectations despite recent concerns of rising COVID-19 cases in several parts of the United States (Figure 2). Overall, a combination of below-trend growth (as indicated by our leading economic indicators) and improving growth expectations leads us to believe all regions are in a recovery (as Asia today) or may move into a recovery phase soon (i.e. the developed world).

Figure 1: Leading economic indicators suggesting Emerging Asia is already in recovery. Improving growth expectations, implied by rising risk appetite, suggest the rest of the world is entering a recovery regime soon.

Figure 2: Market sentiment signaling improving growth expectations and the potential for a bottom in the global economic contraction

Investment Positioning

We maintain a higher risk posture than our benchmark1 in our Global Tactical Asset Allocation model, sourced through an overweight exposure to credit, emerging market equities and cyclical equity factors. In particular:  

  • We maintain a neutral total equity exposure tilted towards cyclical markets and sectors with an overweight to emerging market equities, and cyclical factors such as size and value. In addition, we have increased our exposure to developed markets outside the US, at the expense of US equities, given favorable currency valuations and relative growth momentum.
  • In fixed income, we maintain an overweight exposure to US high yield credit, emerging markets sovereign dollar debt, and event-linked bonds at the expense of government bonds, particularly in developed markets outside the US. Our total duration stance is neutral.
  • In currency markets, we maintain an overweight exposure to foreign currencies, positioning for US dollar depreciation. We remain underweight perceived safe havens such as the Japanese yen and the Swiss franc in favor of cheaply valued, growth sensitive currencies like the Euro, Canadian dollar and Scandinavian currencies.

Footnotes

  1. Global 60/40 benchmark (60% MSCI ACWI / 40% Bloomberg Barclays Global Agg USD Hedged).

The Barclays Global Aggregate Index is an unmanaged index considered representative of the global investment grade, fixed income markets

The MSCI All Country World Index is an unmanaged index considered representative of large- and mid-cap stocks across developed and emerging markets.

An investment cannot be made into an index.

Important Information

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The opinions expressed are those of Alessio de Longis as of July 5, 2020, are based on current market conditions and are subject to change without notice. These opinions may differ from those of other Invesco investment professionals.

Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results. They involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, there can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from expectations.

Diversification does not guarantee a profit or eliminate the risk of loss.

In general, stock values fluctuate, sometimes widely, in response to activities specific to the company as well as general market, economic and political conditions.

The risks of investing in securities of foreign issuers, including emerging market issuers, can include fluctuations in foreign currencies, political and economic instability, and foreign taxation issues.

The dollar value of foreign investments will be affected by changes in the exchange rates between the dollar and the currencies in which those investments are traded.

Fixed-income investments are subject to credit risk of the issuer and the effects of changing interest rates. Interest rate risk refers to the risk that bond prices generally fall as interest rates rise and vice versa. An issuer may be unable to meet interest and/or principal payments, thereby causing its instruments to decrease in value and lowering the issuer’s credit rating.

Junk bonds involve a greater risk of default or price changes due to changes in the issuer’s credit quality. The values of junk bonds fluctuate more than those of high-quality bonds and can decline significantly over short time periods.

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Alessio de Longis is a Senior Portfolio Manager for the Invesco Investment Solutions team at Invesco. In this role, he leads the group’s global tactical asset allocation effort, focusing on the development, implementation and management of macro regime-based investment strategies across asset classes, risk premia and factors. Additionally, he develops and manages active currency overlay strategies and solutions for multi-asset portfolios.

Mr. de Longis joined Invesco in 2019 when the firm combined with OppenheimerFunds, where he was team leader and senior portfolio manager of the Global Multi-Asset team. Prior to joining the Multi-Asset team, he was member of the Global Debt team from 2004 to 2013, serving as currency portfolio manager and global macro strategist. He is a published author in the field of systematic currency investing using macro-based strategies, and he is regularly featured across financial media outlets.

Mr. de Longis earned an MSc in financial economics and econometrics from University of Essex, as well as MA and BA degrees in economics from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) charterholder.

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