Monthly Archives: January 2020

What Are You Expecting For Risk Premia?

A key part of informed decision-making on asset allocation is estimating future risk premia and using those projections to influence weights in the portfolio. The question, of course, is how to estimate premia? There are no easy answers for the simple reason that forecasting the future is complicated. A good way to start, however, is by managing expectations via history. There are many possibilities on this front, including one that’s often overlooked: profiling the distribution of historical premia for a preliminary dose of perspective.

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Macro Briefing | 31 January 2020

Coronavirus declared global health emergency by World Health Organization: WSJ
US warns citizens not to travel to China due to virus outbreak: Reuters
UK confirms first case of coronavirus: CNBC
Singapore closes border to Chinese travelers: SCMP
Eurozone GDP growth in Q4 eased to slowest gain in 7 years: Bloomberg
Britain will leave the European Union today: CNN
China manufacturing activity was flat in Jan via PMI survey: Reuters
US jobless claims remain near 50yr low, signaling strong labor market: MW
US GDP rose 2.1% in Q4, matching Q3 gain and lifting 1-year trend:

Macro Briefing | 30 January 2020

Coronavirus death toll continues to rise and spreads throughout China: BBC
Fed holds rates steady, cites ‘moderate’ economic growth: USA Today
Britain prepares to formally leave EU on Friday: BBC
Today’s US Q4 GDP data expected to report moderate growth: Reuters
EU recommends limiting, but not ending, use of high-risk 5G vendors: NY Times
Trade deficit rose sharply for US in Q4: Reuters
US Pending Home Sales Index fell 4.9% in December: Reuters
10yr-3mo Treasury yield curve looks set to invert… again: MW

Macro Briefing | 29 January 2020

China deaths from coronavirus rise to 132: CNBC
White House considers ban on US-China flights to fight virus: USA Today
US and Japan evacuate citizens from China due to virus outbreak: Reuters
British Airways suspends flights to/from mainland China: WSJ
Palestinians dismiss Trump’s new Middle East peace plan: BBC
Fed expected to keep interest rates steady in today’s announcement: Reuters
CBO projects US national debt to reach 98% of GDP by 2030: WSJ
US home price gains accelerated in November: CNBC
US core capital goods orders in Dec rise the most in 8 months: CNBC
Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow estimate of Q4 GDP growth ticks up to 1.9%: AF
Richmond Fed Mfg Index rebounds sharply in January: RF
US Consumer Confidence Index rises to 5-month in January: MW

Macro Briefing | 28 January 2020

Coronavirus infections in China rise above 4,500; deaths climb to 106: CNBC
New York, with large Chinese population, prepares for coronavirus: NY Times
Don’t blame the slide in US stocks on the coronavirus: MW
Pressure rising for Bolton testimony in impeachment trial: WSJ
Italy’s populist leader fails to win key regional election: RFI
Cyprus is Europe’s new front line for immigration battle: NY Times
Texas factory output accelerated in Jan: Dallas Fed
US new home sales fell in Dec but 1-year trend still healthy:

Macro Briefing | 27 January 2020

China’s death toll from the coronavirus rises to 80: Bloomberg
Coronavirus worry weighs on global stock markets: CNBC
China halts trading on stock exchanges as virus outbreak spreads: SCMP
US Embassy compound in Baghdad was hit by rockets on Sunday: CNN
Trump Tied Ukraine aid to political inquiries, according to Bolton book: NY Times
Does a housing slowdown around the world threaten the global economy? WSJ
Fed considers policy of capping Treasury yields in next recession: WSJ
German business sentiment deteriorated unexpectedly in January: Reuters
US growth strengthens in Jan as Composite PMI rises to 10mo high: IHS Markit
US financial market stress falls to record low (since 1994): St Louis Fed