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MRB on Xinhuanet – September 18, 2020

In an increasingly multi-polar world economy, the primary strategic objective of any multinational corporation is to maintain a strong and competitive presence in each of the major economies like the United States, the EU, China and others in order to maintain market share, supply chains and regulatory approvals in each economic zone, said Nakhjavani.

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MRB on Xinhuanet – July 23, 2020

Data in June “confirms that Chinese economic activity has recovered from its early-year swoon and is growing at, or slightly above, its trend growth rate,” said Nakhjavani, adding that pockets of weakness linger in exports and some elements of consumer spending.

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MRB on Xinhuanet – July 16, 2020

Mehran Nakhjavani, emerging markets strategist at research firm MRB Partners, told Xinhua that China’s economic readings for May and June have recovered, and “we see this pace continuing in the second half of the year.”

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MRB on WP – July 7, 2020

The report “Canada on thin ice as it heats up” by Macro Research Board (MRB) Partners paints a bleak picture. It says that Canada has followed global trends in falling into a ‘sudden stop’ recession with high unemployment and a plunge in activity. It says that Canada is more exposed than most economies, however, because of “an unstable real estate bubble and household credit binge.” MRB’s founding partner Phillip Colmar told WP that Canada is due for a deleveraging cycle after years of a consumer credit ‘binge’ with widespread ramifications for Canadian equity markets and Canadian investors.

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MRB on MORTAGE BROKERNEWS.ca – June 25, 2020

The report “Canada on thin ice as it heats up” by Macro Research Board (MRB) partners paints a bleak picture. The report says that Canada has followed global trends in falling into a ‘sudden stop’ recession with high unemployment and a plunge in activity. It says that Canada is more exposed than most economies, however, because of “an unstable real estate bubble and household credit binge.” It says policymakers are putting off the day of reckoning but have run out of ammunition and there is no guarantee they can prevent a housing bust. The report says such a correction will have long-term positive effects in creating more caution among Canadian consumers, the short to medium term will be a rocky road to recovery.

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MRB on CNBC – May 15, 2020

“The Covid-19 pandemic has reinforced the essential role that technology plays for businesses and consumers and stoked expectations that the recession could see many of the largest growth companies become even more dominant,” Salvatore Ruscitti, U.S. equities strategist at MRB Partners, told CNBC earlier this week.

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MRB on International Business Times – May 5, 2020

Despite the strong stock performance in April, Phillip Colmar and Santiago Espinosa, strategists at MRB Partners, urged caution.

“The sharp relief rally in equities has now moved ahead of underlying fundamentals, leaving room for near-term disappointments,” they wrote. “Many authorities are looking to reopen their economies but doing so safely and to near previous output levels will require a series of medical breakthroughs and widespread distribution of the treatment.”

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MRB on International Business Times – May 1, 2020

Analysts have been waiting on a widespread treatment solution for weeks now. MRB Partners strategists Phillip Colmar and Santiago Espinosa, prior to the announcement, suggested that a medical breakthrough is necessary if the U.S. economy is to fully re-open.

“The sharp relief rally in equities has now moved ahead of underlying fundamentals, leaving room for near-term disappointments,” the strategists said in a note to clients.

“Many authorities are looking to reopen their economies but doing so safely and to near previous output levels will require a series of medical breakthroughs and widespread distribution of the treatment.”

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MRB on CNBC – April 30, 2020

Phillip Colmar and Santiago Espinosa, strategists at MRB Partners, urged investors to remain cautious.

“The sharp relief rally in equities has now moved ahead of underlying fundamentals, leaving room for near-term disappointments,” they said in a note to clients. “Many authorities are looking to reopen their economies but doing so safely and to near previous output levels will require a series of medical breakthroughs and widespread distribution of the treatment.”

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MRB on IndraStra – April 26, 2020

The macroeconomic research firm, MRB Partners, expressed confidence that economic growth in China will begin recovering in the second half of the year and continue through next year, albeit at below prior expected rates. Further, MRB Partners believes China’s recovery will have positive spillovers for the Asian region since it is the largest trading partner of most economies in Asia.

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MRB on Sina – April 13, 2020

“Without conclusive evidence of immunity or a vaccine, the risk of infection will be a major deterrent. This will also constrain many lower-value added manufacturing activities where workers are closely stationed,” Peter Perkins, founding partner of macroeconomic research firm MRB Partners, told Xinhua.

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MRB on China.org.cn – April 12, 2020

Sectors of the Chinese economy will remain significantly constrained for some time, notably those where people congregate in close proximity, said Perkins.

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MRB on Unseen Opportunity – March 30, 2020

“Equity markets are overextended, but face a bumpy period of even grimmer virus news and poor economic statistics in the next 1-2 months,” MRB Partners strategists wrote in a note.

“The world is now entering a third phase, the first being the shock of an out-of-control virus spreading around the globe, then the massive policy response, and now the economic fallout phase has arrived and will test investors’ very fragile confidence.”

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MRB on International Business Times – March 30, 2020

“Equity markets are overextended, but face a bumpy period of even grimmer virus news and poor economic statistics in the next 1-2 months,” wrote strategists at MRB Partners. “The world is now entering a third phase, the first being the shock of an out-of-control virus spreading around the globe, then the massive policy response, and now the economic fallout phase has arrived and will test investors’ very fragile confidence.”

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MRB on CNBC – March 30, 2020

MRB Partners mentioned in a note that the equity markets are overextended and they are expecting a period of more virus-related news and poor economic statistics in the next 1-2 months. They also added in their note:

“The world is now entering a third phase, the first being the shock of an out-of-control virus spreading around the globe, then the massive policy response, and now the economic fallout phase has arrived and will test investors’ very fragile confidence.”

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MRB on CNBC – March 29, 2020

“Equity markets are overextended, but face a bumpy period of even grimmer virus news and poor economic statistics in the next 1-2 months,” strategists at MRB Partners wrote in a note. “The world is now entering a third phase, the first being the shock of an out-of-control virus spreading around the globe, then the massive policy response, and now the economic fallout phase has arrived and will test investors’ very fragile confidence.”

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MRB on CNBC – March 23, 2020

“Suffice to say that the economy entered a unique, sudden-stop recession in March,” wrote Prajakta Bhide, strategist at MRB Partners. “If there is no concrete evidence of meaningful progress toward controlling the epidemic in the next eight weeks, there will be no basis for people and businesses to feel safe to begin to normalize economic activity.”

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MRB on China.org.cn – March 22, 2020

“After recommending being short equities, we are now looking for a near-term bounce and reduction in implied volatility in the coming days,” said Colmar.

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MRB on ECNS – March 11, 2020

Investors cannot fully assess the situation of COVID-19 infections in the United States as the cases are underreported due in part to the lack of testing, and that credible solutions are absent, Phillip Colmar, managing partner on global strategy with MRB Partners, told Xinhua.

“We’re gonna see a lot more volatility in the markets,” he said.

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MRB CFA Society Boston Conference – March 10, 2020

I would like to thank Peter Perkins, a founding partner of MRB – The Macro Research Board, for being such a maestro. I enjoyed hosting Peter at an event titled “US 2020 Elections: A Lot is at Stake for Markets” at CFA Society Boston earlier in March. Among other interesting topics, Peter discussed the manufacturing sector as a leading indicator of the US presidential elections, opinion polls that are likelier to predict winners, industrial sectors that would benefit from the Democrat or Republican victories, and policies that the winning party or parties are likely to pursue.

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MRB on Xinhuanet – March 10, 2020

Phillip Colmar, managing partner on global strategy with MRB Partners, speaks in an interview with Xinhua in New York City, the United States, March 6, 2020.(Xinhua/Wei Ying)

Investors cannot fully assess the situation of COVID-19 infections in the United States as the cases are underreported due in part to the lack of testing, and that credible solutions are absent, Phillip Colmar, managing partner on global strategy with MRB Partners, told Xinhua.

“We’re gonna see a lot more volatility in the markets,” he said.

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MRB on WP – March 10, 2020

Phillip Colmar, global macro strategist and managing partner at research firm MRB Partners, told WP that though a global recession driven by the coronavirus outbreak is “a non-trivial risk,” it’s not in the firm’s base case. He thinks that allegories to the 2008 financial crisis are largely misplaced. Colmar shared the equities he thinks will win out in this market, as well as the moves policymakers can make to re-start equity growth.

“I know the bond markets coming off that kind of fear are priced for a deep recession, a deflationary shock,” Colmar told WP. “But I just can’t come up with the numbers that make that make sense.”

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MRB on Xinhuanet – March 8, 2020

NEW YORK, March 7 (Xinhua) — The outbreak of novel coronavirus is going to cause “a lot more volatility” in the U.S. financial markets in the coming days, said a senior strategist with macroeconomic research body MRB Partners on Friday.

Investors could not fully assess the impact of COVID-19 on the United States as infections have been underreported due to a lack of testing and the health care sector has not provided credible solutions, said Phillip Colmar, managing partner on global strategy with MRB Partners.

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MRB on Fortune – March 6, 2020

“The outlook is uncertain, or rather certainly bearish in the near term as quarantining spreads around the world, but with considerable doubt as to the duration and depth of the economic fallout,” strategists at MRB Partners wrote in a note.

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MRB on Xinhuanet – March 5, 2020

Investors’ risk appetite will be rekindled and they will again seek higher yielding bonds as investors recalibrate their assessment of growth prospects in 2020, said MRB Partners.

“In our view, they will conclude that while the immediate impact on Q1 (quarter 1) and possibly Q2 (quarter 2) is negative, there is no risk of global recession in 2020,” said MRB Partners, citing positive developments in the fight against the novel coronavirus in China.

Low yields and interest rates, as well as dovish central banks in developed economies will “push” investors to seek better portfolio returns, noted MRB Partners.

Researchers with MRB Partners told Xinhua that the beneficiaries of this rotation will be high-yield segments in developed markets as well as emerging market bonds in general, in particular the highest yielder.

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MRB on Brinkwire– March 4, 2020

“Global investors will be prone to panic as the virus arrives at their doorstep, underscoring the need for near-run prudence and patience before augmenting favored holdings,” strategists at MRB Partners wrote. “The outlook is uncertain, or rather certainly bearish in the near term as quarantining spreads around the world, but with considerable doubt as to the duration and depth of the economic fallout.”

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MRB on CNBC– March 1, 2020

“Global investors will be prone to panic as the virus arrives at their doorstep, underscoring the need for near-run prudence and patience before augmenting favored holdings,” strategists at MRB Partners wrote in a note. “The outlook is uncertain, or rather certainly bearish in the near term as quarantining spreads around the world, but with considerable doubt as to the duration and depth of the economic fallout.” View full article here: Click Here


MRB on Xinhuanet.com – February 25, 2020

Analysts from MRB Partners said they do not expect the global economy to stumble into recession, but cautioned investors to “be prepared for a volatile, and periodically difficult, next few months.”

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MRB on CNBC– January 24, 2019

“Global economic activity is slowly firming, but is not likely to be sufficiently strong as to unnerve government bond markets over the next few months,” strategists at MRB Partners said in a note. “Nevertheless, the macro backdrop is sufficiently positive, and likely to remain so, to suggest that no worse than a digestion phase or mild correction will be necessary to better align equity prices with the slow-moving uptrend in earnings.”

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MRB on CNBC– December 11, 2019

“At the margin, the employment report is likely to reinforce the Fed’s message that the policy rate will remain steady for the foreseeable future, barring future trade policy shocks,” said Prajakta Bhide, strategist at MRB Partners. “Unless the trade policy environment worsens meaningfully, we expect that Fed policy will likely remain on hold until after the elections next November.”

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MRB on CNBC – October 21, 2019

“A credible and sizable positive trade announcement could expedite a turn for the better, although there is no sign of such an outcome,” strategists at MRB Partners wrote in a note. “There is considerable uncertainty on many fronts, including weak global trade and manufacturing activity, a generally protectionist trade backdrop, and many domestic and international political hotspots.”

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CFA Society Event – October 16, 2019

We have received fantastic feedback from our clients in California after Phillip Colmar‘s visit last week. Founding Partner and Global Strategist spoke at the CFA Society Event in Sacramento where we discussed MRB’s view on the persistent undercurrent of political instability.

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Fund Forum Asia – October 14, 2019

Mehran Nakhjavani was the invited speaker at the China Summit, Main Plenary of the 2020 Fund Forum Asia and Inside ETFs Asia in Hong Kong on 14 October 2019. The day addressed the issue of whether China is still the engine for global economic growth.


MRB on Xinhuanet.com – September 30, 2019

“Having been equity bulls for most of the decade, we are currently neutral,” said international investment advisory firm MRB Partners Inc. in a research note on Friday.

MRB said it would return to an overweight if political risks ebb and manufacturing activity firms up. Conversely, it would de-risk if the service and consumer sectors look to join the manufacturing sector on the downside.

MRB warned that instability and uncertainty from political backdrop is prolonging the sluggishness of global trade and could ultimately undermine economic risk-taking and eventually end the cycle.

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MRB on CNBC – September 23, 2019

“Trade wars and isolationist policies pose a major threat heading forward, and are being fueled in part by the reduction in global trade and manufacturing jobs,” said Phillip Colmar, partner at MRB Partners, in a note. “So far, the direct impact has been modest, but the indirect impact on manufacturing sentiment and activity has been meaningful given the starting point of subdued global export demand.”

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MRB on CNBC – August 28, 2019

MRB Partners strategist Prajakta Bhide thinks recessionary fears may be overblown. “The yield curve’s inversion this year is a symptom of external growth stress and powerful distortions in global bond yields and does not reflect restrictive Fed policy,” she said in a note. “Thus, it does not warrant a bearish economic interpretation.”

“Even if the inverted yield curve captures investor’s uncertainty about worsening global growth … a balanced perspective would still suggest that the odds of a recession in the next 12 months are no higher than 20%,” Bhide added.

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MRB on ABC – August 20, 2019

In a recent interview, Yan Arsenault from Trust Point provided some perspective on the next global recession, using The Global Trade Dominoes chart from MRB Partners. He outlined how a trade war could cause a recession but noted that it will not be as deep or long as the 2008-2009 fallout.

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MRB on CNBC – July 19, 2019

“Gold is often thought of as an inflation hedge, yet the two have not been correlated over the past 20 years,” Phillip Colmar, founding partner at MRB Partners, said in a note earlier this month. “Instead, gold thrives and core consumer price inflation tends to rise in an environment where policymakers are deliberately and persistently keeping policy rates and bond yields anchored below nominal GDP growth (i.e. fueling growth and inflation with an easy policy), which was the case of the 1960s and 1970s.”

Colmar added we view the recent rise in gold prices as a market-based signal that central banks are providing more reflation (via lower interest rates and bond yields) than is currently necessary to support the global economy.”

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MRB on Expresso Portugal – July 19, 2019

Phillip Colmar, estratego da consultora britânica MRB, sublinha que, nos casos da Austrália, Canadá e Reino Unido, a situação ultimamente “suavizou-se notavelmente”. O efeito temporário da queda dos juros “adiou um pouco o dia do acerto de contas”

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MRB PARTNERSHIP WITH CLARIEN BANK LIMITED – June 24, 2019

Clarien Investments has partnered with MRB Partners for over 5 years with great results for clients. Watch Phillip Colmar from MRB Partners, speaking about Geopolitical tensions and social unrest which are higher than ever due to the rise of populism and income inequality.

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MRB Featured In The The Royal Gazette (Bermuda) – June 24, 2019

Mr Colmar was speaking a day after an invitation-only presentation, “A Persistent Undercurrent of Political Instability”, for Clarien Investments Ltd clients at the Bermuda National Gallery. In demand worldwide, Mr Colmar has visited clients in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa in the last month alone. He has a BA in economics, a BBA (finance) from Bishop’s University in Montreal, and a MSc (finance) from Queen’s University in Ontario.

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MRB on CNBC – June 1, 2019

Salvatore Ruscitti, U.S. equity strategist at MRB Partners, notes investors should remain cautious on semiconductors given their high exposure to China.

“Chip stocks will remain vulnerable until U.S./China trade negotiations improve. We recommend staying on the sidelines with a neutral stance,” he wrote in a note Thursday. “A further significant escalation in the U.S./China trade dispute that restricts access to the fast-growing Chinese market would represent a significant threat to the longer-term prospects of the semiconductor industry and warrant a downgrade of the sub-group to underweight.”

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MRB on CNBC – May 16, 2019

“The recent flare-up in U.S./China trade tensions is a near-term negative for equities,” said Salvatore Ruscitti, equity strategist at MRB Partners, in a note. But “assuming the U.S. and China eventually reach a trade deal within the next few months, the weakness in equities should be temporary, and stock prices should move higher on a 6-12 month horizon.”

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MRB Chart Of The Week: U.S. Equities: Superior Profits, But Relatively Expensive – April 15, 2019

Last Friday’s MRB Macro Strategy Report “Still Climbing The Wall Of Worry: Part V” addressed a number of the key topical investment issues, including a version of the “do great companies make great stocks?”. While U.S. stocks have outperformed in recent years and offer many compelling attributes (superior economic growth, more favorable sector composition, and better profitability), they do not offer good value when measured against comparative profitability. In other words, the U.S. is now comparatively expensive even adjusted for its superior profitability, with several key sectors trading at or near all-time relative valuation premiums. These premiums would be difficult to sustain if the relative earnings trend shifts away from the U.S. as global growth momentum firms anew, which is our base-case scenario. On a 6-12 month horizon, we recommend a mild underweight in U.S. equities, with select overweights in the EM, euro area and Japanese markets.

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MRB on Expresso Portugal – March 16, 2019

Monetary policy is rendered somewhat impotent in economies that are deleveraging. This is because the supply and demand for credit are being influenced by something other than merely the cost of capital. Monetary policy can help slow deleveraging drags, but fiscal stimulus is often necessary to providing an offset and encourage a sustained economic expansion. This has been lacking in the euro area, which is why economic growth is subdued and prone to downside risks. A great deal of progress has been made in terms of balance sheet repair which makes the region more resilient than earlier this decade and more so than investors expect. Nonetheless, a fiscal offset would be helpful, at least until the deleveraging cycle runs its course.

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MRB on CNBC – March 8, 2019

“A pullback in risk assets was needed, but underlying technical and fundamental conditions are positive,” Peter Perkins, partner at MRB Partners, wrote in a note to clients. “The global growth outlook remains mixed, but there are signs that economic growth momentum in China and the euro area is bottoming, while the U.S. economy continues to chug along at a moderately above-potential pace.”

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Taking A Look At The Long Term – March 6, 2019

After the wild ride in global financial markets over the past several months, there is considerable uncertainty about prospects going forward. Such sentiment has been the case for much of the current decade, because the environment has been unusual on so many fronts – economic, policy and market trends. Lacking a roadmap, most investors’ time horizons seem to have shrunk to the very short term, reflecting a low conviction in how the future may unfold.

Last week’s MRB Absolute Return Strategy “The High-Conviction Multi-Year Portfolio” updated the MRB TradeBook, and modified a number of positions. It also examined the outlook beyond the current cycle, and how it might unfold based on developing trends and themes that we have identified. The main conclusion was that the next global recession would likely witness a major reset of investor expectations and kickstart several multi-year asset price trends. To this end, the report provided a number of multi-year recommendations, several of which can either be acted upon now, or at least gradually augmented in the coming year or two.


BCI Global Investment Conference , South Africa – May 15-16 2018

MRB is participating in the BCI Global Investment Conference in Stellenbosch, South Africa on 15th and 16th May 2018. Peter Perkins will be speaking on the independent research panel on the second day of the event.

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Global Independent Research Conference, London – March 1, 2018

Global Independent Research Conference

MRB is participating in the fourth Global Independent Research Conference in London on Thursday 1st March 2018. Peter Perkins will be speaking on the Global Macro panel and Adam Wolfe will take part in the Emerging Markets panel.

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We Have Moved To A New MRB-London Office

The MRB London office has moved to 39 Houndsditch, 4th Floor, London EC3A 7DB. Please note our phone number has changed to +44 20 3667 2160.

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