This is what I have gathered from Mr Lim Say Boon, Chief Investment Officer of DBS Wealth Management’s 8 predictions for the 2nd half 2016 market outlook:

  1. Brexit will not break EU but will break European   stocks
  2. Global economy will continue to suffer and corporate recession continues to spread
  3. Us stocks will be about 10% lower in 6 months
  4. Bank of Japan will unleash another monetary bomb that will weaken yen and strengthening equity
  5. China will continue to ease (cautiously) boosting H shares
  6. Asia ex-japan income stocks will outperform global equities
  7. Dollar will have a last hurrah and following that, gold will rise late end of the year
  8. Bonds as expensive as they are will continue to outperform equities

Additional points from Mr. Piyush Gupta, DBS CEO, Ms. Irene Goh, Aberdeen Head of Multi Assets and Mr. Gregor Carle, Blackrock Head of Asia Pacific Fixed Income Product:

  1. Be calm among the volatility in the market
  2. Buy UK companies that have earnings majority not in the UK because during consolidation, earnings will increase at least 15%
  3. GDP might be the wrong stuff to measure. The right stuff is economic satisfaction, nowadays we can get same economic satisfaction with lower GDP (lower output)
  4. Asia is the growth engine of the world and 42% of Asian credit is corporate credit
  5. Corporations need to make contributions to the society based on the rise of populism and because of that, there might be potential lower rate of returns

Additional Learning Point-> Taylor Rule Model

In economics, a Taylor rule is a rule that is used to forecast interest rates. It is created by an economist named John Taylor back in 1992.

According to the rule, the Federal Reserve should increase interest rate when inflation is above target or when GDP growth is too high and vice versa.

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Above is the formula for Taylor Rule.

It essentially says that the difference between the nominal and real interest rate is the inflation. Real interest rate accounts for inflation and nominal interest rate do not. So if the inflation is 6% and the nominal interest rate is 9%, the real interest rate is only 3%.


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Further Reading:

My Week 6 Summary of Yale University Financial Markets Course: Key Role of Banks and Monetary Policies

How I Review My Stocks In A Simple Way- 28.11.2016




Hi, my name is Chris and I am the founder of Re-ThinkWealth. A blog that focuses on personal finance self-improvement, investments, and investor psychology.

Since early 2015, I manage money for my family and invests it in Singapore and United States equities and options achieving above market return.

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