Post the derivatives expiry, noise traders began obsessing about the Federal Reserve (Fed) and whether it would drop the word ‘patient’. The fact that it did so was seen as enough of a reason to sell the dollar, triggering a … Read More
Two Friday the 13th’s in a row, and the “ides” of March thrown in for good measure, not a good few weeks for the superstitious perhaps, and equities generally have certainly seen a pickup in volatility, while US equities have … Read More
Technology’s advance making GDP look even more redundant / Apple the carmaker? Engine and transmission no longer barriers to entry
The European Central Bank (ECB) finally came out with the details for QE to start on Monday and last through until September, with purchases running at an estimated 60bn a month. Only around a fifth of these will be asset … Read More
The market no longer fears contagion from ‘Grexit’ and continues to follow the QE playbook of buying assets and selling the euro. Investors need to be wary however of growing anti-business rhetoric from politicians across Europe. Those complaining that in … Read More
Visiting Australia last week I was presented with the almost impossible task (for me at least) of giving a presentation on my view on the world in only 10 minutes. The occasion was a conference known as the Chief Economists’ … Read More
Forecasting GDP, unemployment and inflation is largely pointless. But what should investors be looking at instead?
Forecasting GDP, unemployment and inflation is not only difficult, but largely pointless. Even if we could do it successfully they tell us little about existing let alone future corporate profitability and in a world of QE nor do they have … Read More
At the beginning of the year, the consensus was that this year would be all about the dollar. So far it has been all about the Euro. As 1700 private jets flew into Davos so that their gilded occupants can … Read More
Do the Swiss expect ‘shock and awe’ QE from the ECB and what countries or investors are really feeling the Swiss franc pain?
The move by the Swiss to abandon their ‘peg’ to the euro took the markets completely by surprise, not least because the vice-chairman of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) had declared “we are convinced that the minimum exchange rate must … Read More
Markets remain broadly flat for the year, but merger and acquisition activity has generated a lot of excitement, particularly in the healthcare sector where Pfizer’s attempt to merge with AstraZeneca has focussed attention on a variety of issues. For those … Read More
The VIX, which has been subdued for much of the year, jumped sharply last week to a level that is the highest December level for the last five years except for 2011. However, we suspect that much of the market … Read More
Mark Tinker is head of AXA Framlington Asia, AXA Investment Managers. Mark moved to Hong Kong in September 2013 to support the expansion of the AXA Framlington franchise in Asia. His role involves working closely with the distribution teams in Asia to develop business in the region and supporting the development of our Asian equity capability. Mark joined AXA Framlington in November 2006 and managed the AXA Framlington Global Opportunities Fund from September 2007 to end of August 2013. Mark was previously Global Strategist at Execution Limited. He worked for Commerzbank as Head of Equity and Debt Strategy. Prior to this, he worked with HSBC James Capel as Head of UK Strategy and with UBS Warburg, where he ran their Pan European Equity Strategy team. Mark began his career as an Economist at Williams and Glynn (now RBS) after graduating with an honours degree from Durham University in 1983.