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Weekly Macro Themes - 27 August 2021

Here's a brief overview of the topics and charts covered in the latest edition of the Weekly Macro Themes report. I send this report out late Friday NZ time and aim to cover a good mix of macro/ideas/risk management topics, across a global macro/multi-asset universe.

This week I covered the following topics/ideas:


1. Treasuries: Continue to lean bearish treasuries given expensive valuations, divergence vs macro/market variables, and initial reset in sentiment; but awaiting a catalyst(s) to trigger a move.


2. REITs: Overall prefer to remain neutral given the preponderance of mixed signals. Check out the charts we're watching to gauge the risk vs return outlook.


3. Property: Property price inflation is surging and developed market residential real estate valuations have surpassed all previous record highs (thanks to the pandemic policy response).


4. Small Caps: US small caps are starting to look interesting again after a big reset in relative performance, relative valuations, and capitulation in flows/positioning.


5. European Equities: Remain optimistic on European equities given solid macro and price momentum, clear relative value, and bullish medium-term bias on the EURUSD.



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