Perspectives Blog

Corporate governance – The next catalyst for Japanese equities

Daisuke Nomoto, Senior Portfolio Manager | August 4, 2014

Overhauling corporate governance to harness the power of private enterprise is critical to Japan’s growth strategy. Better engagement between corporate management and shareholders should ultimately lead to higher returns for holders of Japanese equities. We are focused on companies that can generate sustainable free cash flow, earn returns well above their cost of capital and regularly conduct shareholder friendly capital management. A critica…

Is Europe heading for Japanese-style deflation?

Martin Harvey, Fund Manager, Threadneedle International Ltd | August 4, 2014

Although there are many differences that should ensure that the eurozone does not follow Japan‘s fate, policymakers will need to act forcefully if the risk of deflation intensifies. While the euro area appears to be on track to avert deflation in the short term, many euro countries are “one crisis away from deflation.” The European Central Bank (ECB) claims to be ahead of the game, but policy needs to be more pro-active. The following is an ex…

Does Japan’s sell-off present buying opportunities?

Daisuke Nomoto, Senior Portfolio Manager | February 10, 2014

What’s behind the Japanese stock market’s recent correction? What’s ahead for Japan’s stock market, currency and government policy? Why the risk/reward tradeoff looks attractive at current price levels Abenomics has already had a bigger impact on the Japanese economy and financial assets than the failed attempt at quantitative easing between 2001 and 2006 (see chart). Inflation has moved back into positive territory, and household income is ri…

Tokyo Olympics — another driver to get out of deflation?

Daisuke Nomoto, Senior Portfolio Manager | September 13, 2013

Tokyo has been chosen to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, with an estimated economic benefit of at least $30 billion. Hosting the Olympics could bring a wide range of implications to Japan on top of the mere economic impact, including strengthening Prime Minister Abe’s leadership. The next announcement to watch for in the near term is the Japanese government’s decision how quickly they will increase the consumption tax rate. Tokyo has been chose…

Harvesting a New Moderation in Asia

Soo Nam Ng, Head of Asian Equities | June 23, 2014

Companies with competitive strengths still intact should have positive profit growth once adaptive change gets underway. The ability to control cost is essential to surviving the growth slowdown in Asia Pacific ex Japan. We do not just need companies to be adapted; we also need them to be positioned for adapting. A New Moderation in Asia In my previous article, I argued that conditions are in place for the slowdown in Asia to evolve into a sus…

The beginnings of a new moderation in Asia

Soo Nam Ng, Head of Asian Equities | June 2, 2014

…hat are the implications for corporate Asia in the current growth slowdown, and the opportunities going forward should it evolve into more moderate yet sustained growth? Third, how should investors position in Asia Pacific ex Japan equities in view of the transformation that is taking shape in the next five to 10 years? These are the questions we will explore in a series starting with the big picture conditions. According to Ben Bernanke, the Gre…

Special report – 2014 mid-year review and outlook

Columbia Management, Investment Team | June 16, 2014

…caught many investors off guard. In our view, declining interest rates reflect renewed pessimism about the global economic recovery, as well as easy monetary policy from the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and Bank of Japan. Outlook: The U.S. economy has made considerable progress in the five years since the recession ended. Inflation, unemployment and broader measures of labor utilization have all moved closer to the Federal Reserve’s ta…