sentix ASR Essentials 01-2018


Rising tide of equity optimism reaches highly elevated levels

The new year has started on the front foot for developed and emerging market equities, helped by still upbeat macro data and declining uncertainty on the near- term outlook for markets (see chart 7, page 3). In the case of global equities, the dominant near-term theme is now elevated optimism, with sentiment readings on indices in the US, Asia and the eurozone reaching the high-end of their historic range in the first week of 2018. The current highly elevated degree of optimism may be a near-term risk for equities as markets move into Q1. See Page 2 for charts.

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