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Like this tweet below from Nautilus Research, which was featured in the October 28th daily email.
In this case, Emerging Markets outperformance has been something we’ve been talking about for a while, but seeing its isolated performance relative to Europe really helped highlight what’s driving the weakness.
We wrote more about this relationship two days ago (Global Yields Weighing On Equities) and the post below will expand on our thoughts, this time focusing on index construction.
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Now, let’s get into today’s post.
The German DAX on a 1-hour timeframe looks like a major topping pattern, with prices making about 5-month lows this week and closing near the lows. And it’s not the only European index breaking down significantly.
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This has a lot to do with the index composition of many European countries. Low Yields and narrow Yield Curves are putting pressure on their Financial sectors…which happens to be a large weighting in the indices.
The broadest way to view this theme is by looking at Emerging Markets vs Developed Markets Ex-North America making 7-year highs.
And Emerging Markets relative to European Markets looks even better.
It’s simply an exaggerated version of the chart above because European Markets have been the weakest part of the Developed Market basket for quite some time.
Again, the reason for this also comes down to index construction. The Asian Pacific countries within the EAFE Index have a much larger weighting towards Tech and less Financial exposure.
Even BRICs are outperforming Europe handsomely (h/t our intern @GrantHawkridge for the charts).
Owning things with more Tech & Consumer exposure and fewer Financials exposure continues to work, regardless of where in the world and at what level (index, sector, individual stock)…the story remains the same.
As usual, things need not be that complicated. Sometimes it’s as simple as knowing what you own and what you don’t.
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