As of November 12th 2018

Portfolio Commentary

As 2018 comes to an end, the global economy and financial markets were jolted by a resurgence in market volatility, as well as in geopolitical uncertainty, in the form of trade tariffs and Emerging Market economic pressures.

Consequently, the number of countries and financial markets that have generated year-to-date positive returns continues to dwindle, as the global economy begins to slow.

Despite this fact, there is still opportunity to be found upon the global macroeconomic landscape. From our research, through our Bullish Quantitative Macroeconomic Asset Allocation Model, we have narrowed down the top two countries for global macro investors to invest in: United States (US) and Israel.

United States - 33.24% Allocation


In the US, GDP is expected to be 2.5 percent in 2019, and decline to 1.8 percent in 2020, as the fiscal stimulus from the 2018 tax cuts are expected to wear off, and as the Federal Reserve is expected to maintain a bias towards hiking the Fed Funds rate, albeit at a more gradual pace. Nonetheless, the US economy is still expected to be a beacon for investors in 2019, as global interest for US assets, as well as US consumption, continues to remain strong and steady.

Israel - 34.55% Allocation


In Israel, Israeli assets benefit from two key drivers that are helping to push the Israeli economy forward.  

The first driver is the country's resilient economy, relative to its peers. The dynamics of Israeli's high tech sector, increased energy independence, in the face of its regional peers, and a strengthening external position in the face of blowing macro headwinds, will help to support more favorable growth rates relative to its economic peers.

The second economic driver is the country's declining debt level. Israel's general government debt ratio has declined by more than 10% since 2008, to around 60% of GDP, reflecting a prudent budgetary framework and robust growth performance. Furthermore, central government deficits have remained below 3% of GDP over the past 4 years, despite repeated upward revisions of the government's own deficit targets.

Floating Rate Bonds - 32.21% Allocation

Lastly, we would recommend approximately 32.14% of this portfolio to be allocated towards floating rate bonds. As the Federal Reserve continues to hike interest rates and tighten monetary policy, the global economy is faced with a rising interest rate regime. Consequently, as a way to reduce portfolio volatility and generate additional income, allocating a percentage of one’s portfolio floating rate bonds - bonds whose coupon rate’s increase as interest rates increase, investors can rest easy.

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