#IndiaInvConf – Global Asset Allocations: Investment And Business Themes For 2016 And Beyond – A CIO’s Perspective

_DSC0046Speaker: Robert P Browne, CIO, Northern Trust

Moderated by: Navneet Munot, CFA, Director, IAIP and CIO, SBIMF

Contributed by: Subash Iyer, CFA, Member, IAIP and Analyst CRISIL

Bob began his session by highlighting the importance of timing in the capital markets, citing the example of the hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM) which collapsed in the late 90s following the 1997 Asian and 1998 Russian financial crisis. Although LTCM’s bet on the Russian government bond did play out over the next decade, LTCM did not survive long enough to bear the fruits.

He then clearly explained Northern Trust’s investment philosophy which are guided by two distinct committees namely the Capital market Assumptions committee (CMA) and Tactical Asset Allocation committee (TAC). The CMA has a long term outlook on the markets, typically 5 years and updates its strategy annually while the TAC has a short term outlook on the market, typically 1 year, and updates its strategy on a weekly/monthly basis. The idea behind two teams is to combine long term discipline with short term flexibility to provide downside protection and upside participation.

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Through a series of charts Bob highlighted the importance of staying invested for the long term, as majority of the returns in the equity markets were captured in only 10% of trading days. He also felt that the benefits of diversification, especially country diversification were overstated as one has to also have the ability to access geopolitical risks, currency risks along with usual business and financial risks. To further establish the same Bob exhibited the 10 year US denominated index returns for various countries. Surprisingly only two emerging markets namely India and China figured in the top 5 countries dispelling the notion that emerging markets yield better returns than developed countries such as USA, Australia.

He believed that one must deep dive into getting the valuation right as that is the most consequential betting error most investors make. He was also honest enough to admit that Northern Trust in 2015 failed to get its US earnings forecast right however it was saved by the uptick in trading multiples.

In conclusion Northern trust’s long term views were that global growth would continue be remain low due to the deleveraging process and demographic issues. Asset class with lower exposure to Equity would do well. For 2016 Northern Trust recommends over weighting US assets. Within US asset class, Northern Trust recommends increasing exposure of US high yield bonds, US equities and reducing exposure of US investment grade bonds.

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For the complete coverage of #IndiaInvConf (for India Investment Conference 2016) kindly click on the links to the posts on the WordPress or search under the tab “India Investment Conference”:

#IndiaInvConf – India Investment Conference: Strategies For An Emerging Environment

#IndiaInvConf – Inaugural Address By Jayesh Gandhi CFA, President IAIP and Senior Portfolio Manager Birla Sun Life AMC

#IndiaInvConf – Opening Address By Sunil Singhania CFA, Member Board of Governors CFA Institute and CIO Equity Investments Reliance Mutual Funds

#IndiaInvConf – The Aspirational Investors: Investing In The Pursuit Of Wealth And Happiness

#IndiaInvConf – Other People’s Money: A Lean Financial Services System Can Better Adapt To The Needs Of The Economy

#IndiaInvConf – Global Economic Outlook: Why the Next 30 Years Will Look Nothing Like The Last 30

#IndiaInvConf – The Corporate Life Cycle – Lessons For Investors

#IndiaInvConf – Multi-Asset Investing: A Practitioner’s Framework

 

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About IAIP

India Association of Investment Professionals (IAIP), which is established April 2005 and located in Mumbai, is an association of local investment professionals. As one of the 136 CFA Institute member societies, IAIP connects members to a global network of investment professionals. Consisting of portfolio managers, security analysts, investment advisors, and other financial professionals, IAIP promotes ethical and professional standards within the investment industry, facilitates the exchange of information and opinions among people within the local investment community and beyond, and works to further the public’s understanding of the CFA designation and investment industry.
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