CIO Perspectives | Economy | Asset Allocation | Equities | US | Japan
CIO Perspectives: Beyond US valuation Premiums, Look For Global Growth
By Citi Wealth Insights |
While valuations for the US largest growth leaders have skyrocketed this year, we think there are still potential opportunities to invest in both non-US and US companies that may grow earnings quickly. This week, we examine the reasons for the US valuation premium and focus in on Japan as a global opportunity.
CIO Perspectives | Economy | Asset Allocation | Equities | Fixed Income | US
CIO Perspectives: An Update from the Fed Meeting and US IPO Season
By Citi Wealth Insights |
The US Federal Reserve met last week and chose not to raise interest rates. What does this mean for markets? And what does the Fed have to do with IPOs? Listen as we break down the issues and what we need to watch for.
CIO Perspectives: Are banks sufficiently healthy to support a soft landing?
By Citi Wealth Insights |
With employment, economic growth and inflation moderating, the Fed may have had its last hike in July and we could see a soft landing for the economy. Given this backdrop and the fact that US financials have underperformed this year, investors might ask, are banks sufficiently healthy to support a soft landing? This week, we look at a few reasons for why banks might be oversold in this environment.
CIO Perspectives: The World Economy - and our Portfolios - are Changing
By Citi Wealth Insights |
This week, we take a look at US economic resilience in contrast to how China is doing. We also break down why Citi's Global Investment Committee made the decision to reallocate back to the US, and how investors can apply the views to their portfolios.
This week, we uncover the reasons for our reduced allocations to China and related emerging market exposures while explaining reasons why we are not underweight and that policy response could potentially set the grounds for a sudden rebound.
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