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Amundi Asia Pacific Market Monthly Commentary - November 2017

Asia ex-Japan equities still registered positive gains in November, despite the late month profit taking. The MSCI AC Asia ex-Japan index gained 0.63% (in USD terms, dividend included). Selected "new economy" technology stocks in the region led the gains, despite a downgrade call by one of the larger Wall Street research houses late in the month. Selected financials, namely the Chinese insurers also outperformed amid the higher interest rate view globally, and domestically in China. In other noteworthy developments, the Bank of Korea (BOK), raised interest rates 25 basis points to 1.50% on the last day of the month (the first leading Asian economy to do so in this cycle). This possibly signals the start of the interest rate hiking action in Asia, as policymakers in the region keep pace with higher US rate outlook.

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Amundi Asia Pacific Market Monthly Commentary - October 2017

The MSCI AC Asia ex-Japan index gained 4.72% (in USD terms, dividend included) last month. Asia ex-Japan equities regained its market leadership position in October, outperforming the other major equity blocs. Investors bided up valuations in this part of the world on the back of ongoing expectations of positive earnings growth in the region. China reporting 6.8% of 3Q17 GDP annualized growth, India announcing plans to recapitalise its PSU banks and strong initial pre-orders for the iphone X (positive for the region’s contract manufacturers) were the other key material developments. Elsewhere, China’s 19th National Congress of the Coummunist Party was held and concluded as scheduled with little surprises.

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Amundi Asia Pacific Market Monthly Commentary - September 2017

The MSCI AC Asia ex-Japan index slightly lost 0.12% (in USD terms, dividend included) last month. USD saw some resurgence late in the month following US President Trump’s aggressive tax reform agenda – which includes proposed tax cuts to the corporate rate to 20% from 35% currently. This have led to slower fund inflows to the Emerging Market bloc late in September, but this episode is likely to be transient, especially if the proposed tax reform legislation is not passed. For the first time since 1999, S&P downgrading China’s sovereign rating to A+ from AA- . The rating agency held the view that rising credit growth poses increased financial risk which could have been another "excuse" that triggered additional profit taking.

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Expert Talk

Paresh Upadhyaya_US Amundi Pioneer

Expert Talk, 10 November 2017

Trump’s Election: The First Year in Review

As we approach the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s election, it makes sense to review his original action plan and evaluate his progress against the market’s expectations. Amundi finds three potentially market impacting items on Trump’s agenda that are progressing: tax reform, trade deals and naming Jerome Powell as the next Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair. Passing tax reform could be Trump’s legacy defining moment early in his term.

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Expert Talk, 30 October 2017


The Europe Central Bank (ECB) announced that it will halve the value of its Quantitative Easing (QE) purchases in 2018 (from EUR 60 billion to 30 billion) starting from coming January to end of September 2018. While the market was expecting a larger reduction of asset purchases, ECB’s President Mario Draghi has indicated that the QE will not stop "suddenly" after first nine months. Amundi estimated that the Eurosystem would purchase more than EUR 270 billion (9 months at EUR 30 billion) in 2018.

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Mo JI, Chief Economist, Asia ex-Japan

Expert Talk, 29 September 2017


China's 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress (CCP) will be held on 18 October 2017. It is once every five year event with leadership reshuffle. While investors concern if there will be a significant change on the pace of reform before or after the meeting, Amundi believes that the reform will generally be sidelined which means no speed up or slowdown.

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Mo JI, Chief Economist, Asia ex-Japan

Expert Talk , 21 June 2017


MSCI will include 222 Chinese A-share large cap stocks on a gradual basis beginning in June 2018. Given 5% inclusion factor, Chinese Ashare weighting in MSCI Emerging Market (EM) Index will be 0.73%. Amundi believes the move is symbolic with long term market impact and inflow.

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Tristan PERRIER, Developed Countries Economist

Expert Talk, 9 June 2017


While it’s not Amundi’s central scenario, a setback for the Conservatives could alter the conditions in which Brexit will unfold. Whatever happens, difficult negotiations are to be expected, as are temporary episodes of market stress over the prospect of an exit by the UK without an agreement with the EU.

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Philippe Ithurbide Fond Uni

Expert Talk, 8 May 2017

French Presidential Election - Macron President: risks disappear ... back to fundamentals

The second round of the presidential election provided the name of the winner: E. Macron is the next president of the French Republic (66% of the votes).

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2017-03-French election urn

Expert Talk, 24 April 2017

French Presidential Elections - the Aftermath of the First Round

The first round finally delivered its verdict: Emmanuel Macron (En Marche!) arrived in the lead with 23.9% of the votes, ahead Marine Le Pen (Front National) with 21.4%.

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Mo JI, Chief Economist, Asia ex-Japan

Expert Talk, 29 March 2017


Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet U.S President Donald Trump in Florida next week. It will be their first meeting since Trump took the

office in January. Amundi believes the meeting can only bring two countries closer and the relationship between US and China would be

cooperative rather than a trade war.

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2017-03-French election urn

Expert Talk , 23 March 2017

French Presidential Election - The candidates and budgetary / fiscal policies: what is at stake

This note discussing the budgetary policies of the five main candidates running for French president is the fourth in a series that will accompany you until the results of the presidential and legislative elections (and probably a little further).

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2017-03-French election urn

Expert talk, 9 March 2017

French Presidential Election French economy recovery: where are we?

This note is the second in a series that will accompany you until the results of the presidential and legislative elections (and probably a little further). Here we focus on an assessment of the French economy.

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