After experiencing a period of steadily rising returns from 1982 through 2006, investing in “cheap” stocks has been out of favor since 2007. Granted, a few good quarters for the Value factor have popped up every now and again, but so have strings of poor performance, yielding a return of roughly 0% over the 13-year period ended September 2020.
Upswing in Energy, Financials, Real Estate and Utilities strengthens Value and Dividend Yield; Correlations tank in both global and emerging markets; Chinese stocks buck the global trend, continuing to fall.
US investor sentiment recovery stalls midway into the Neutral zone. European investor sentiment makes an attempt at regaining the bullish zone. Global and Asia ex-Japan investor sentiment recovery suffers from lack of confidence.
US markets seem in Déjà vu mode with sentiment following a similar pattern of recovery. European investor sentiment leads other regions to the top of the neutral zone. Global and Asia ex-Japan investor sentiment recovery settles in the Neutral zone.
Foreign-exchange rates can be very volatile. Investors looking to bet on markets outside their own base currency must decide whether to embrace or mitigate the additional risk. In this paper, we propose a stress-testing framework that can help investors with the decision whether “to hedge or not to hedge”, given their assumptions on expected returns and cross-asset correlations.
Helped by the repeated promise of continuous stimulus from the Fed and the Biden administration, US investor sentiment began to stage a rebound from deep in bearish territory, to the edge of the neutral zone (top chart). In recent weeks, a deteriorating sentiment had capped market’s advances, but that downward pull seems to weaken last week with both ROOF ratios recovering some ground, ending just shy of the neutral zone.