Schroders Economic & Strategy Viewpoint – April 2016

Global update: panic over, what’s next?; UK: the risks of Brexit; Emerging markets: time to buy?; Views at a glance….

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  • Keith Wade, Chief Economist & Strategist (photo)
  • Azad Zangana, Senior European Economist & Strategist
  • Craig Botham, Emerging Markets Economist

Global update: Panic over, what’s next?

– Markets have regained their risk appetite following action by central banks, a firming in commodity prices and evidence that the tail risks of a US recession and of a China hard landing are not materialising. Going forward we will need to see greater evidence of stronger activity for the rally to continue; however, this is also likely to bring the Federal Reserve back into play, posing a challenge for investors.

UK: The risks of Brexit

– As the Brexit debate rages and referendum approaches, we assess the risk of the UK voting to leave the EU and the potential impact on the UK economy. The EU is the UK’s largest trading partner and a key source of foreign direct investment along with a major source of migrants.

– In the near-term, a vote to leave the EU in June would hit both foreign sourced and domestic investment, while we forecast UK consumers to cut spending as confidence is dented. Assuming sterling falls further, net trade may make a positive contribution, but the overall impact would be lower growth and higher inflation compared to our baseline forecast.

– In the long-term, the impact on the UK economy will be determined by how much access to the single market the UK manages to retain, how migration flows are impacted by government policy, and how much the UK government manages to save in subscription costs. Most studies offer a range of scenarios concluding that the most likely outcome would be lower long-term growth compared to remaining in the EU.

Emerging markets: time to buy?

– The recent emerging markets rally has piqued interest in the asset class again, but to us little fundamental seems to have changed. The time will come to buy emerging markets again, but not yet.


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