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In Focus Monthly - October 2018

Oil prices have shot decisively above US$80 per barrel in recent weeks, however, US sanctions on Iranian oil come into effect on 4 November. In this issue, our experts discuss whether oil will remain our favourite commodity.

This year’s been tough for emerging market equities, despite some tentative signs of stabilisation at the end of Q3. We’ve looked at some key drivers behind the underperformance relative to US equities, and the likelihood of reversal.

Fixed income investors have been rattled by more strong US economic data alongside hints from Federal Reserve Chair Powell that current policy far from ‘neutral’. Read why we believe US interest rates are likely to rise faster than markets anticipate.

In this issue, we’ve opened the lid on our framework used to capture some of the most important and persistent drivers for G10 currencies and subsequently looked at where we see opportunity in FX markets.

Investment strategy and US equities are discussed in an interview with Duilio Ramallo from the Robeco US Premium Equities fund.

We hope you enjoy reading this issue.

In Focus interview

Duilio Ramallo of Robeco US Premium Equities Fund discusses US valuations and how he spots pockets of opportunity.

Examining the euro

We explore a framework that captures some of the most important and persistent drivers for G10 currencies.

What next for Iran’s rising oil price?

As US sanctions loom, Iranian oil prices have shot decisively above US$80 per barrel 

Fixed income – it’s real

Can you balance US High Yield debt into the more attractively priced European counterparts?

Betting on reversal

What are the key drivers behind emerging market’s underperformance relative to US equities, and the chance of reversal?

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