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Market Cycle Guidebook - August 2021

We just published our August "Market Cycle Guidebook", which is one of the reports in our institutional investment research service.

​​The monthly Market Cycle Guidebook is designed to be a practical tactical asset allocation guidebook for global multi-asset investors. It focuses on illuminating the key drivers of risk and return across a global multi-asset universe, with the intention of generating actionable conclusions and meaningful insights for medium-term active asset allocation decisions.


Key features of the Market Cycle Guidebook: -Front page snapshot summary on the global economic cycle, monetary policy, and valuations -Market performance snapshot & commentary /highlights -Summary views across asset classes (short and medium term); basically an "AA cheat sheet"

-TAA/DAA guide visually mapping those views -Monthly updated Capital Market Assumptions -And of course, over 70 charts illuminating the key medium-term drivers of risk and return across a global multi-asset universe

-Australia/New Zealand appendix (since we're down this part of the world!)

Some of the key takeaways from the latest edition:

The next phase of the recovery...

-The beginning of the second half of the year brings a new phase of the recovery

--previous rotations have “un-rotated”

--policy is increasingly pivoting from easing to tightening

--virus resurgences are driving short-term economic divergences

--backlogs continue to bight.

-The second wave of the global economic recovery likely is driven by

--multi-pronged capex/investment boom

--stronger consumer (relief euphoria, cash deployment, asset inflation)

--and likely sees a continuation of the commodity bull market

---those along with tightening capacity skew medium-term inflation risks upwards

-Anticipate that the coming months/quarters/years will reward those who take a more nuanced approach to active asset allocation as macro transitions and market rotations bring risks and opportunities

-Remain overweight growth assets vs defensive assets

--longer cycle is still in play; favoring growth assets

--but increasingly focused on short-term risk signals and cycle map

--paying closer attention to old reliable signposts for the macro/market cycle

--short-term focused on the risk outlook in emerging markets

The report is designed for active asset allocators, and professional investors who require top-down input in their investment process.

If you are interested in learning more about this report and our services, I suggest you get set up for a trial today and we will forward through a copy of the Market Cycle Guidebook and some of our other recent reports.

If you have any questions or requests, just get in contact.

Best regards,

Callum Thomas

Head of Research and Founder

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