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Tuesday 20 December 2022
Global Investment Views, Equity, Fixed income
January 2023 | For markets, this economic backdrop calls for a confirmation of a correction regime at the end of 2022 and in H1 2023, with inflation slowing, but still above normal levels. The correction phase will likely be driven by the profit recession, which we expect to materialize in H1. We believe a more cautious stance in equities would be prudent. For government bonds, slowing economic growth and hints about the change in the size of rate hikes may call for an active duration stance.
01 | Amundi Institute Insights: The USD cycle is being stretched. We expect to see a bumpy road, but suggest positioning for a stronger USD depreciation in 2023.
02 | Fixed Income: While inflation remains elevated, we are seeing signs of it peaking in the US and somewhat in Europe.
03 | Equity: US companies may face a margins squeeze as employment remains robust, wages are rising, and dollar headwinds persist.
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Markets are pricing in a rosy scenario in which economic deceleration will force the Fed to cut rates in 2023. However, we believe the Fed will stay on hold for 2023 and cut rates only in 2024. Inflation is cooling slowly, and the US economy is cooling down as well. From an equity perspective, we remain concerned about future profits, which leads us to stay defensive on equities and credit. On the fixed income side, we stay constructive on US duration and expect the US yield curve to steepen.
We see a deteriorating US economic environment amid the Fed's slowing monetary tightening, rising costs of credit for the real economy, and stubborn core inflation, particularly in Europe. A weak US economy is unlikely to leave Europe untouched. Thus, we suggest maintaining a cautious tilt on risk assets, strengthening hedges, and utilizing the safe haven characteristics of US Treasuries. On the last issue, the Fed is close to the end of its tightening cycle and this may create opportunities in the medium term range of the yield curve.
March brought a wake-up call to markets after a complacent start to the year. The trigger was the failure of Silicon Valley Bank and other US regional banks, followed by that of Credit Suisse in Europe. The repricing of core yields and changes to market expectations regarding central bank actions have been massive in both the US and Europe. Bond volatility reached the highest levels since the Great Financial Crisis, while equity volatility also spiked, but to a lesser extent.
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