The 20th party congress in China has concluded with analysts trying to read the tea leaves about the direction Xi will be taking China in.
Its worth noting that Liu He (71-years old when 68 is the official retirement age), who has a Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and who oversaw negotiations with Trump’s White House, did not enter the new composition of the CCP Central Committee. This has some speculating that Xi no longer needs the services of someone who has experience negotiating with Americans. However, his younger aides were elevated to the Central Committee.
Finally, the Brazil Presidential runoffs are on October 30th. As stated before, its nearly impossible to find any objective coverage in the Western or English media (who hate Bolsonaro). However, Lazard AM and Amundi have issued research notes providing at least some objective advice for investors in Brazil.
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- For more than a decade, Xi has exploited the idiosyncratic rules and implicit conventions within the Chinese Communist party with ruthless efficiency.
- The highest-level political body is the standing committee. It is currently composed of seven members, but had nine as recently as 2007.Beneath the standing committee is the 25-member politburo, the stepping stone to the top positions in the party.Below that is the central committee of around 205 cadres composed of government ministers, provincial leaders, military officers and top regulators.The selection process for China’s top leaders is opaque, with positions determined only after brokering behind closed doors and negotiations between incumbent and past members of the politburo.For decades after Deng Xiaoping’s reforms in the 1990s, the leaders followed unwritten rules, such as ensuring a balance of ages and political factions across the highest echelons of the party and ceding their posts at the end of two five-year terms. This system had ensured peaceful transitions of power after 30 years of increasingly chaotic rule under Mao.
- As Nikkei reports, Shanghai party chief Li Qiang was the first member behind Xi to walk into a room packed with journalists, confirming his second-in-command rank and signaling that he will become the country’s next premier. The pair were followed by anti-corruption chief Zhao Leji, ideology tsar Wang Huning, Beijing party head Cai Qi, top Xi adviser Ding Xuexiang and Guangdong province chief Li Xi.
- Below we summarize and excerpt the key points on the now concluded Chinese Congress from the Goldman economics team, which focuses on the new appointments, and the equity market implications…
- The 20th party congress adopted development security, tech self-reliance and common prosperity as new overriding guidelines. Reshuffle follows Central Committee retirements, banking crises and Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign but scope of changes prompts uncertainty.
- Vice-Premier Liu He, President Xi Jinping’s top economic adviser and chief trade negotiator with the United States and the European Union, has moved out of the Central Committee…
- The retirement of the 71-year-old – who helped draft China’s economic structural reform, de-risking and innovation policies over the past 10 years – has long been expected because of the party’s unofficial age limit of 68, but there is speculation he may be retained as a special adviser in another capacity.Liu’s aides on trade negotiations and the Central Economic and Financial Affairs Commission, including 59-year-old Han Wenxiu, 56-year-old deputy commerce minister Wang Shouwen and 58-year-old Han Jun, governor of northeast China’s Jilin province, were elevated to the Central Committee for the first time.
- Although success has been a “mixed-bag” in some markets, Chinese companies, particularly in the tech sector, have proven successful at adapting their operations to align with the development goals of emerging economies.
- US and European companies have not been able to match the price or quality of Chinese offerings, said Kadi, whose study on Chinese localisation efforts in North Africa was published by the Carnegie think tank in April. [How Huawei’s Localization in North Africa Delivered Mixed Returns – PDF file]
How is TSMC Still Growing? (Asianometry)
- Thoughts on TSMC Q3 2022 Earnings
- TSMC believes that the semiconductor industry – moving in line with the economy – is going to take a bath next year.
- I don’t really have anything to add right now except I think China is going to get a lot better at semiconductor manufacturing after this – which I reckon is going to spill a lot of ink and headlines. But at some point their progress will slow. I just wonder where that point is going to be.
Emerging markets interesting for income right now (FT Advisor) [15 Min Video Interview]
- The different economic trajectory of many emerging market economies makes them an interesting place for equity income investing right now, says Jacob de Tusch-Lec, manager of the Artemis Global Income fund.
- He also finds emerging markets to be interesting right now. This is on the basis that many of those economies raised interest rates last year, and so are “ahead of the curve”, relative to Europe.De Tusch-Lec said another factor is that if emerging market economies slow down, policymakers there can cut rates to stimulate growth, and this is not currently an option in the US and Europe.
- “We have made good money in Brazil exactly because alot of the return has been currency. And as a global investor, you need to think about currency.”
NOTE: Mobius Investment Trust plc (“MMIT”) is a closed-ended investment company listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: MMIT).
- ‘Although Turkey is suffering from inflation in excess of 80 per cent and its economy is in poor health,’ he says, ‘the same cannot be said of countries such as India and Vietnam. They are in pole position to benefit from the shift in world manufacturing away from China.’
- ‘I believe that in the next four years, we will see a massive rerating in the shares of the 24 investments we hold,’ says Hardenberg confidently. ‘Also, our emphasis on high tech companies in the semi-conductor space will reap rewards.’ Taiwanese companies make up nearly a quarter of the trust’s portfolio… Although Taiwan is the trust’s biggest country stake, many of the Taiwanese companies it holds have production facilities all over the world.
Outlook On Emerging Markets (Lazard AM)
- The stronger US dollar, higher inflation, and tighter financial conditions weighed on emerging markets equities in the third quarter. Looking ahead, we are watching elections in Brazil and the National Communist Party Congress in China in October for signs of policy direction.
- We believe this is an attractive entry point for emerging markets equities: Valuations are attractive relative to history and to developed markets; profitability, free cash flow, and dividend yields have all moved higher; and earnings growth is expected to recover in 2023.
- Emerging markets debt suffered a fifth consecutive quarter of negative returns, and the blended asset class is now well into its worst-ever drawdown. However, bottom-up fundamentals are generally solid, valuations are attractive, and investor positioning is light.
- With recession warning signs flashing, we are currently positioned very conservatively in emerging markets debt. We have reduced US interest rate duration and moved up in credit quality as we await better entry points to increase risk.
Exhibit 2: Bolsonaro vs. Lula: Policy Proposals Diverge, Especially on Fiscal Policy
- On equities, we expect the Brazilian equity market to rise under any final election outcome, due to various factors. Firstly, we believe the fiscal situation – a key element of Brazil’s financial stability – to be neither good nor catastrophic under either outcome. If Lula wins, he will probably not get enough support in Congress to pass all the social spending he wants to. Secondly, Brazil’s CB began its tightening cycle one year before the Fed’s and should be among the very first countries around the world to ease its monetary policy. This should help growth to resume. Valuations are also extremely cheap. Brazil is insulated from geopolitical turmoil, is self-sufficient energy-wise, and should benefit in the long run from its agro-power status.
- However, Brazilian equities will probably rise more if Bolsonaro wins, as state-owned enterprises and banks would fare better. This is testified by Lula’s statements. For instance, Lula’s announced that he wants fuels produced by Petrobras to be sold at ‘cost plus’, instead of at international prices. At the sector level, we favour consumer discretionaries and corporates levered to declining long-term interest rates, such as infrastructure and real estate.
- Cash is virtually worthless, it’s cheaper to cover walls with peso bills than to buy wallpaper, and simple shopping trips turn into expeditions to find the best deals … Photographer Irina Werning captures the chaos
AFC will hold its quarterly update webinar on Friday, 28th October 2022 at 9:00am NY, 2:00pm UK, 3:00pm Swiss and 9:00pm HK/SG time. As usual, the webinar will discuss the outlook for Asian frontier markets with a focus on our AFC Asia Frontier Fund, AFC Iraq Fund, AFC Uzbekistan Fund and AFC Vietnam Fund.
The webinar will highlight the following key points:
- Impact of a hawkish Fed on Asian frontier economies and stock markets
- Impact of slower global growth on Asian frontier economies
- Which countries are still benefitting from a supply chain shift despite a global economic slowdown?
- What is the investment outlook for Asian frontier markets?
- Outlook for the AFC Asia Frontier Fund / AFC Iraq Fund / AFC Uzbekistan Fund / AFC Vietnam Fund
Note: Investing.com has a full calendar for most global stock exchanges BUT you may need an Investing.com account, then hit “Filter,” and select the countries you wish to see company earnings from. Otherwise, purple (below) are upcoming earnings for US listed international stocks (Finviz.com):
Click here for the full weekly calendar from Investing.com containing frontier and emerging market economic events or releases (my filter excludes USA, Canada, EU, Australia & NZ).
Frontier and emerging market highlights (from IFES’s Election Guide calendar):
NOTE: Malaysia’s Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob on October 10 announced the dissolution of parliament with a general election scheduled for November 19th.
Brazil President Oct 2, 2022 (d) Confirmed Oct 30, 2022 Brazil Brazilian Federal Senate Oct 2, 2022 (t) Confirmed Oct 7, 2018 Brazil Brazilian Chamber of Deputies Oct 2, 2022 (d) Confirmed Oct 7, 2018 Vanuatu Ni-Vanuatu Parliament Oct 13, 2022 (d) Snap Mar 19, 2020
- Brazil President Oct 30 2022 (d) Second Round if needed
- Israel Israeli Knesset Nov 1 2022 (d) Snap Mar 23, 2021
- Bahrain Bahraini Council of Representatives Nov 12, 2022 (d) Confirmed Dec 1, 2018
- Equatorial Guinea President Nov 20, 2022 (d) Snap Apr 24, 2016
- Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinean Senate Nov 20, 2022 (d) Confirmed Nov 20, 2022
- Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinean Chamber of Deputies Nov 20, 2022 (d) Confirmed Nov 20, 2022
- Nepal House of Representatives of Nepal Nov 20, 2022 (d) Confirmed May 13, 2022
- Kazakhstan President Nov 20, 2022 (d) Snap Apr 26, 2015
- Fiji Fijian House of Representatives Nov 30, 2022 (d) Date not confirmed
- Tunisia Tunisian Assembly of People’s Representatives Dec 17, 2022 (d) Confirmed Oct 6, 2019
- (Note: Mobileye Global Inc., Intel’s self-driving car unit, filed terms for its IPO – 41.0 million shares at $18.00 to $20.00 to raise $779.0 million – in an S-1/A filing dated Oct. 18, 2022. Assuming mid-point pricing at $19.00, Mobileye would have a valuation of about $15.13 billion – less than a third of the $50.0 billion market cap that was estimated in December 2021. Mobileye, an Israeli company, had filed its long-awaited S-1 for its IPO on Sept. 30, 2022, for a deal that some IPO experts had estimated at that time could raise up to $2.5 billion. This is a NASDAQ listing. Mobileye did not disclose terms nor did it give a customary placeholder estimate of IPO proceeds in its S-1 filing. The company submitted confidential IPO documents to the SEC on March 2, 2022.)
Climate change and ESG are clearly the latest flavours of the month for most new ETFs. Nevertheless, here are some new frontier and emerging market focused ETFs:
- 9/22/2022 – WisdomTree Emerging Markets ex-China Fund XC – Passive, equity, emerging markets
- 9/15/2022 – KraneShares S&P Pan Asia Dividend Aristocrats Index ETF KDIV – Passive, equity, Asia, dividend strategy
- 9/15/2022 – OneAscent Emerging Markets ETF OAEM – Active, Equity, emerging markets, ESG
- 9/9/2022 – Emerge EMPWR Sustainable Select Growth Equity ETF EMGC – Active, equity, emerging markets
- 9/9/2022 – Emerge EMPWR Unified Sustainable Equity ETF EMPW – Active, equity, emerging markets
- 9/8/2022 – Emerge EMPWR Sustainable Emerging Markets Equity ETF EMCH – Active, equity, emerging markets, ESG
- 7/14/2022 – Matthews China Active ETF MCH – Active, equity, China
- 7/14/2022 – Matthews Emerging Markets Equity Active ETF MEM – Active, equity, emerging markets
- 7/14/2022 – Matthews Asia Innovators Active ETF MINV – Active, equity, Asia
- 6/30/2022 – BondBloxx JP Morgan USD Emerging Markets 1-10 Year Bond ETF XEMD – Passive, fixed income, emerging markets
- 5/2/2022 – AXS Short CSI China Internet ETF SWEB – Active, inverse, thematic
- 4/27/2022 – Dimensional Emerging Markets High Profitability ETF DEHP – Active, equity, emerging markets
- 4/27/2022 – Dimensional Emerging Markets Core Equity 2 ETF DFEM – Active, equity, emerging markets
- 4/27/2022 – Dimensional Emerging Markets Value ETF DFEV – Active, equity, emerging markets
- 4/27/2022 – iShares Emergent Food and AgTech Multisector ETF IVEG – Passive, equity, thematic [Mostly developed markets]
- 4/21/2022 – FlexShares ESG & Climate Emerging Markets Core Index Fund FEEM – Passive, equity, ESG
- 4/6/2022 – India Internet & Ecommerce ETF INQQ – Passive, equity, thematic
- 2/17/2022 – VanEck Digital India ETF DGIN – Passive, India market, thematic
- 2/17/2022 – Goldman Sachs Access Emerging Markets USD Bond ETF GEMD – Passive, fixed income, emerging markets
- 1/27/2022 – iShares MSCI China Multisector Tech ETF TCHI – Passive, China, technology
- 1/11/2022 – Simplify Emerging Markets PLUS Downside Convexity ETF EMGD – Active, equity, options strategy
- 1/11/2022 – SPDR Bloomberg SASB Emerging Markets ESG Select ETF REMG – Passive, equity, ESG
Frontier and emerging market highlights:
- 8/22/2022 – iShares MSCI Argentina and Global Exposure ETF AGT
- 8/22/2022 – iShares MSCI Colombia ETFI COL
- 6/10/2022 – Infusive Compounding Global Equities ETF JOYY
- 5/3/2022 – ProShares Short Term USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF EMSH
- 4/7/2022 – DeltaShares S&P EM 100 & Managed Risk ETF DMRE
- 3/11/2022 – Direxion Daily Russia Bull 2X Shares RUSL
- 1/27/2022 – Legg Mason Global Infrastructure ETF INFR
- 1/14/2022 – Direxion Daily Latin America Bull 2X Shares LBJ
Check out our emerging market ETF lists, ADR lists (updated) and closed-end fund (updated) lists (also see our site map + list update status as some ETF lists are still being updated as of Summer 2022).
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