Aa Union Capital Solutions and Investment Products – Equities

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Cautious optimism about global equities
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We are cautiously optimistic about global equities, whose value is no longer expensive. The tightening of the Federal Reserve's trajectory is one of the main reasons why risky assets should regain their footing.

We continue to favor a combination of cyclicals and growth, but we would use the rebound of industries to reduce some cyclical exposures.

AAUC Credit and Equity Strategy

The reversal of the US Treasury yield curve, trade tensions and December rate hikes by the US Federal Reserve (Fed) frightened the stock markets in the fourth quarter, resulting in a sharp reversal of the situation of outperformers such as US equities and growing sectors (IT). , energy). The S & P 500 lost 14% in the fourth quarter, while the MSCI AC World closed the year 2018 with a negative return of -9%.

IT delays the rebound

In early February, a likely tightening of the Fed and cautious optimism on US-China trade relations have given hope for a further extension of the cycle. As a result, equities rebounded, with US equities and energy and communication services outperforming. Our views on underperformance – consumer staples, utilities and real estate – were also taken into account. Yet, faced with the challenges of growth, the IT sector has fallen behind.

Continue to favor emerging markets over equities in the euro area

We are cautiously optimistic about global equities, whose value does not seem expensive anymore. However, investor sentiment remains fragile in the face of macro and political uncertainties. The slowdown in the Fed's tightening is one of the reasons to be cautiously optimistic about the possibility for risky assets to recover over the next few months. Other catalysts, such as a commercial truce between the United States and China, a new season of strong US earnings growth and stabilization of purchasing managers' indices are also necessary for equities to recover more. Although emerging market equities outperformed in the fourth quarter, we maintain our preference for emerging market equities over the euro area as new stimulus measures in China are expected to boost economic activity in 2019.

Maintain the cyclical inclination of the sector in favor of growth

The cyclical equity sectors appear to have overreacted to the decline in global PMIs so far. We therefore maintain our focus on a combination of cyclical sectors (energy, financial services), growth (information technology, communication services) and price-setting power (health care) on industries, industries and industries. utilities, consumer staples and real estate.

Important information:

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