Global Investment View Q1 2019

Your look into the most important investor insights for the quarter

Introduction to the latest quarter

The Global Investment View for Quarter 1 2019 distils the outcomes from the most recent meeting of Investec Wealth & Investment’s top strategic minds. Here, experts from the Investec Global Investment Strategy Group (GISG) offer their insights into the factors informing their risk positioning for the quarter, the medium term global outlook, how it will impact the South African economy, and what icebergs may lie ahead. 

Executive view of the quarter

The Global Investment Strategy Group (GISG) opted to increase its risk budget score to neutral, from the modestly negative position that had been maintained since December 2017. This improved outlook is based on the view that investor complacency has now evaporated, but that fears that either economic (monetary policy) or geopolitical miss-steps will bring the earnings growth cycle to an imminent end are now overdone.

We still see a supportive economic backdrop, with improved valuations, particularly in emerging markets. This gives us confidence that owning risk assets will be rewarded relative to owning cash or fixed income over our forecast period (18 months).

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We’re forgiving on equity valuations more than usual because the cycle is maturing. If inflation pressures do start to build beyond the level factored into markets, it would be bad news for risk assets.

Global politics and economics

Chris Holdsworth provides an assessment into global markets and Lindiwe Mazibuko discusses geopolitical risks that threaten to destabilise the world economy.

Iceberg and opportunities

Lindiwe Mazibuko and Chris Holdsworth discuss major Icebergs facing both the global and local economies and markets in 2019, as well as potential opportunities for the year ahead.


Chris and Lindiwe share their thoughts on Brexit.

Local politics and economics

Chris Holdsworth discusses how emerging markets have been some of the worst effected markets in 2018 and Lindiwe Mazibuko comments on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s first year in office.

Please bear in mind that these are personal views and opinions of the individuals, however in some instances the “house view” has been expressed. The views expressed are subject to change, and no forecasts can be guaranteed. Past performance is no guarantee of future performance. In preparing this presentation, the presenters and the interviewees have made specific assumptions, without independent verification. Other or additional assumptions may lead to different conclusions. Actual results or events may differ materially from those projected, estimated, assumed or anticipated in these scenario. 

Investec Wealth & Investment engaged with Lindiwe Mazibuko at our request in order to obtain her independent view and insight.

Paul McKeaveney
From an asset allocation perspective, we had been up weighting domestic risk asset classes in a very measured fashion through the year, focussing on expected risk-adjusted returns.

Paul McKeaveney, Chairman of the Asset Allocation Committee, Investec Wealth & Investment SA

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John Haynes
Markets have been given ample time to adjust to the normalising US monetary policy stance and investors are aware that Europe has embarked on the same course.

John Haynes, Head of Research, Investec Wealth & Investment UK and Chairman of the Global Investment Strategy Group

Brian Kantor
The fall in equities in 2018 has meant that valuations have become less demanding.

Brian Kantor, Chief Economist and Strategist, Investec Wealth & Investment SA

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Find out why we have opted to increase the risk budget score to neutral from moderately negative position and see the domestic asset allocation for this quarter.

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