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Chart Room: What Japan’s digital transformation means for markets

After years as relative laggards, Japanese companies are diving headfirst into DX, or digital transformation, and investors should take notice.

Takashi Maruyama + 3 others | 29 June 2021

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Chart Room: The crisis and opportunity in recycling single-use plastics

Production of single-use plastics is forecast to continue rising for the next decade-plus, and investment opportunities will depend greatly on recycling.

Velislava Dimitrova + 4 others | 17 June 2021

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Chart Room: Stronger for longer for China’s renminbi?

Expectations for further renminbi appreciation have risen, but we think short-term gains could be capped from here.

Morgan Lau + 3 others | 10 June 2021

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Credit risk at China’s SOEs in focus amid Huarong saga

China’s bond and equity markets have been rattled by concerns that state-owned enterprises could face greater default risk.

Martin Dropkin + 4 others | 4 June 2021

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Chart Room: China’s EV industry is charged for growth

The combination of falling battery costs and rising adoption rates means China's EV industry is charged for growth.

Sherry Qin + 3 others | 26 May 2021

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Chart Room: An uneven supercycle for commodities?

Most commodity prices have been strong this year, spurring talk of a potential supercycle. But the returns could be more dispersed from here.

Louise Fribourg + 3 others | 20 May 2021

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Chart Room: The rapid rise of digital payments in India

The technological transformation of India’s economy has accelerated in recent years, as can clearly be seen in the accelerating shift to digital transactions.

Amit Goel + 3 others | 6 May 2021

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Chart Room: Why dividends make sense in an inflationary environment

History shows how dividend-focused investment strategies can provide sustainable income in a reflationary environment.

Matthew Jennings + 2 others | 29 April 2021

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Chart Room: China has fewer reasons to be hawkish

China's short-end rates remain low despite earlier expectations for monetary tightening.

George Efstathopoulos + 3 others | 22 April 2021

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Why India’s ‘fallen angel’ risk is rising

India’s ballooning debt levels amid a structural growth slowdown have raised the risks of an imminent downgrade by credit ratings agencies.

Nathan Sribalasundaram + 2 others | 19 April 2021

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Deep dive on Japan: exporters bolstered by China recovery

Earnings and margins set to grow among Japanese exporters, especially those with large exposure to China.

Bob Chen | 1 March 2021

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Analyst Survey 2021: Region by region

Here we look at what Fidelity International's analysts say will be the prevailing regional trends over the next 12 months.

Bob Chen + 1 other | 1 March 2021

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Chart Room: Staying afloat amid a rising tide of debt

Central banks have been playing a key role in keeping higher debt loads affordable.

Max Stainton + 2 others | 25 February 2021

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Chart Room: Risk-on and on, with caveats

Caution and careful positioning are important from here, based on the latest readings from Fidelity’s risk aversion indicator.

Rahul Srivatsa + 2 others | 10 February 2021

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Chart Room: The return of the value super-cycle?

In this week’s Chart Room, we look at both sides of the long-standing debate between value and growth investment styles, as seen from both Europe and China.

Fabio Riccelli + 3 others | 28 January 2021

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Chart Room: Chinese stocks, playing catchup, finally retrace 2015 highs

But the rally in China’s main onshore index still lags its US and global counterparts.

George Efstathopoulos + 2 others | 7 January 2021

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Unlocking India’s structural opportunities: 10 charts

Reforms and new infrastructure paving the way for manufacturing investment and employment will be key to unlocking India’s next stage of development.

Amit Goel + 2 others | 9 December 2020

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Chart Room: Deploying the fiscal firehose

Chart Room: Deploying the fiscal firehose

Oli Shakir-Khalil + 2 others | 3 December 2020

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Chart Room: Oil vs gold - two sides of the reopening trade

Chart Room: Oil vs gold - two sides of the reopening trade

Louise Fribourg + 2 others | 26 November 2020

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Chart Room: The clear link between ESG and returns

How have stocks that scored high for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors held up amid the Covid-19 fallout?

Jenn-Hui Tan + 3 others | 12 November 2020

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China takes aim at trash

A massive nationwide effort is underway to improve China's waste management systems.

Bertrand Lecourt + 3 others | 11 November 2020

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Chart Room: Some sectors may be set for a margin squeeze

The latest reading from our monthly analyst survey shows which companies are struggling with inflationary pressure but also weaker pricing power.

Gita Bal + 4 others | 5 November 2020

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Chart Room: Correlations boil and bubble 🎃 and may spell toil and trouble 🦇

In this follow-up special Halloween edition of Chart Room, we look at how correlations are casting a spell over markets.

George Efstathopoulos + 3 others | 29 October 2020

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Chart Room: Government debt climbs to spooky heights

In this special Halloween edition Chart Room (part 1 of 2), we look at the frightening levels of government debt around the world.

Anthony Doyle + 2 others | 22 October 2020

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Chart Room: Why growth still has room to grow in China equities

The valuation premium for China growth stocks versus value stocks hit a new all-time high, lifted by the consumer, tech and healthcare sectors.

Stuart Rumble + 2 others | 15 October 2020

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Chart Room: Is disinflation lurking around the corner?

In a bullish signal, the bond market’s short-term expectations for US inflation are back near pre-crisis levels. But are investors being overly optimistic?

George Efstathopoulos + 3 others | 24 September 2020

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Chart Room: Why some tech valuations may be lower than you think

A closer look at longer-term valuations reveals some surprising trends in tech.

Jon Guinness + 3 others | 17 September 2020

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Chart Room: Emerging market currencies lag on inflation risks

EM countries are using some of the same monetary and fiscal measures as developed markets. But this could add to rising inflation and currency weakness.

George Efstathopoulos + 3 others | 10 September 2020

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Chart Room: China’s Covid rebound puts the ‘V’ in investment

Fixed asset investment (FAI) in China has recovered to its pre-Covid levels of growth, with infrastructure and property driving the nation’s broader economy.

Crystal Cui + 3 others | 3 September 2020

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Chart Room: The resilience of China’s onshore stocks

China’s onshore stocks (A-shares) have outperformed their Hong Kong and overseas listed counterparts, but their valuations are relatively undemanding.

George Efstathopoulos + 3 others | 27 August 2020

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Why India could be the next breeding ground for tech unicorns

The Silicon Valley giants are shifting their attention to India as the next big growth market.

Jon Guinness + 4 others | 26 August 2020

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Chart Room: A new record high for US stocks, but mind the lopsided valuations

The average European bank capital ratio has never been stronger. This has led to a stark contrast in returns across bank capital structures.

Stuart Rumble + 2 others | 20 August 2020

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Chart Room: US debt delinquencies drop, but recession looms as unemployment surges

Household debt forbearance measures have given a temporary boost to borrowers in the US. But as unemployment surges, more supportive measures will be needed.

Amit Lodha + 3 others | 13 August 2020

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Chart Room: European banks’ CoCo bonds soar while equities slump

The average European bank capital ratio has never been stronger. This has led to a stark contrast in returns across bank capital structures.

Stuart Rumble + 3 others | 6 August 2020

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A heavy outlook for the US Dollar

The relentless spread of Covid-19 across the US and improving risk sentiment elsewhere is crimping demand for the safe-haven reserve currency.

Stuart Rumble + 2 others | 30 July 2020

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With nowhere to go, Chinese tourists spend closer to home

Most travel destinations remain off-limits, and as Chinese people’s savings have increased, so has their pent-up demand and desire to treat themselves.

Hyomi Jie + 2 others | 28 July 2020

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Chart Room: Why China government bonds have underperformed other markets

China government bond yields are diverging from other major government bond markets.

George Efstathopoulos + 3 others | 15 July 2020

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Chart Room: Chinese consumers’ growing preference for local brands

The Covid-19 experience is spurring changes in behavior among Chinese consumers. Among these is a growing preference for domestic brands over foreign ones.

Hyomi Jie + 2 others | 9 July 2020

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Chart Room: Asian equities diverge, creating opportunities

The difference in performance between equity markets in East Asia and South Asia (India, ASEAN nations) is the largest in nearly 15 years.

Stuart Rumble + 2 others | 2 July 2020

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US-China trade war: The chips are down for tech supply chains

The latest front in the US-China trade war centers on tighter sanctions on the Chinese tech giant Huawei.

Sumant Wahi + 2 others | 22 June 2020

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Chart room: Despite a recent rally, high yield bonds still look cheap

For US high yield, valuations look historically cheap on a relative basis - especially when compared to equities.

Stuart Rumble + 2 others | 18 June 2020

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Chart room: Another false dawn for value stocks?

Over the past decade, previous periods of value outperformance have been short-lived. Will this time be different?

Stuart Rumble + 3 others | 11 June 2020

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Japanification in 12 charts

Many western economies are mirroring Japan’s experience over the past 30 years.These 12 charts show how some of the key trends are playing out.

Nicholas Price + 3 others | 9 June 2020

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Chart Room: QE expectations vs. reality, market moves

Market expectations of future asset purchases by the Fed have an even greater influence than the purchases themselves.

Stuart Rumble + 2 others | 4 June 2020

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Central banks in emerging markets hop on the bond-buying bandwagon

EM central bankers are taking a page from the developed-market playbook and purchasing local bonds as a way to cushion the blow

Eric Wong + 4 others | 29 May 2020

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Chart Room: Mobility data shows most economies are rebounding slowly

Economic activity is being determined by virus response rather than slower-moving traditional industrial cycles. We need to adjust our toolkits accordingly.

Ian Samson + 2 others | 28 May 2020

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Chart Room: Beware the narrowing market

Equity market performance is now at its narrowest since the 2008 Financial Crisis, with the rally riding on a dwindling number of large-cap growth stocks.

Stuart Rumble + 2 others | 21 May 2020

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Chart Room: Mind the valuations

After recent rebounds in stocks and bonds, we take a quick look at valuations and how they stack up against history.

Stuart Rumble + 2 others | 14 May 2020

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How India’s economy is navigating Covid-19

As the world begins to come out of lockdowns and economies normalise, India can offer bright spots for emerging market investors.

Amit Goel + 4 others | 7 May 2020

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Chart Room: What in the world is going on with gold?

The correlation between gold and equities has increased to an 18-month high, calling into question the metal’s usual benefit as a porfolio diversifier.

Joseph Zhang + 2 others | 7 May 2020

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Oil tankers gush profits as global storage space overflows

Oil tankers are earning windfall profits - but how long can this situation last?

Terence Tsai + 2 others | 5 May 2020

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Chart Room: More policy easing supports China bonds

This week’s Chart Room shows how ample liquidity is helping China’s onshore bond markets navigate around global volatility.

Stuart Rumble + 2 others | 29 April 2020

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Chart room: Beauty of big tech stocks is in the eye of the beholder

Our latest Chart Room takes a comparative look at the long run up in the Nasdaq 100 index.

Amit Lodha + 2 others | 23 April 2020

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Chart Room: Fidelity analysts expect longer disruptions from Covid-19

Chart Room: Fidelity analysts expect longer disruptions from Covid-19

George Watson + 2 others | 16 April 2020

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Chart room: Japanification and the rise of the widow maker trade

Chart room: Japanification and the rise of the widow maker trade

Anthony Doyle + 2 others | 9 April 2020

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Delayed demand making its return to China’s property market

New home sales are recovering faster than expected in China. This has big implications for domestic demand and the macroeconomic outlook.

Ming Gong + 2 others | 8 April 2020

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Edith Chan + 2 others | 2 April 2020

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Chart room: The dash for dollars

Currency basis swap rates reflect dollar liquidity squeeze.

Stuart Rumble + 2 others | 27 March 2020

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China and its neighbours reboot supply chains

As China’s economy emerges from lockdown, activity across Asia’s sprawling network of factories, ports and logistics hubs is picking up.

Fidelity International + 1 other | 23 March 2020

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As gold’s surge draws wider interest, miners shine too

Gold's lustre is also rubbing off on the companies that dig it up from the ground.

Kate Howitt + 2 others | 12 March 2020

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Analyst Survey 2020: Sector by sector

Key findings from the 10 different sectors covered by the survey.

Bob Chen | 13 February 2020

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Hunting for yield in frontier markets: Egypt

When smaller frontier markets mature into benchmark names, early investors can earn attractive returns in these relatively niche, often overlooked places.

Paul Greer + 3 others | 15 October 2019

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China tiptoes down easing street with rate reform

While the Fed and ECB are signaling more rate cuts and quantitative easing to come, China’s central bank has been taking a more cautious approach.

Alvin Cheng + 2 others | 2 October 2019

In 14 charts: China's unprecedented growth

China's unprecedented economic change in manufacturing and services has seen the country leapfrog its rivals in areas such as transport and mobile payments.

Bob Chen + 2 others | 16 September 2019

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Is seven an unlucky number for China’s currency?

China’s renminbi weakened past the seven per US dollar mark for the first time in more than ten years.

Bryan Collins + 4 others | 5 August 2019

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Should investors hedge against big market moves now?

With all the uncertainty about the global economic outlook, investors ask whether it's time to add protection against volatility to their portfolios.

Vincent Li + 1 other | 28 June 2019

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China’s stimulus is working, but credit markets hold longer-term risks

The credit stimulus measures that China began last summer are starting to reach a critical mass, but transmission to the real economy remains patchy.

Forest Shultz + 4 others | 18 April 2019

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A Goldilocks moment for China’s monetary policy, but watch for more easing and bond index inclusion

Two events are driving the outlook for China fixed income- easing monetary conditions and the expected inclusion of Chinese bonds in benchmark indexes.

Bryan Collins + 4 others | 14 March 2019

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Region by region: Analyst Survey 2019

Looking at the Analyst Survey by region shows some striking common themes emerge, particularly around declining confidence and ebbing bullishness.

Raji Menon + 3 others | 22 February 2019

In nine charts: the world in 2029

The next decade provides new opportunities for travel and tech businesses, but also challenges in the form of increased risks to the environment.

Bob Chen + 1 other | 14 January 2019

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China's easing has not been easy

China’s deleveraging drive has softened, but credit to private companies remains weak. Bigger banks could be pushed to step in.

Bryan Collins + 4 others | 20 November 2018

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The rise of active ETFs

The market for actively managed exchange traded funds (ETFs) is growing rapidly globally, and especially in Australia where pension contributions are rising.

Simon Brailey + 1 other | 4 November 2018

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Causes and remedies for the funding gaps in DB schemes

DB pension plans were created decades ago, when people were projected to live into their early 70s and the world had strong economic growth and high rates.

David Buckle + 2 others | 29 October 2018

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How to protect against black swans - if we can at all

Investors can be better prepared for changes in market dynamics and high-impact, tail risk events.

Eugene Philalithis + 3 others | 25 September 2018

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Credit markets react to China's new easing measures

China’s emphasis on deleveraging has softened in recent months, but credit flow to the economy has remained weak.

Bryan Collins + 4 others | 27 July 2018

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China’s upgrades to Bond Connect should broaden foreign participation

China's Bond Connect allows foreign investors to access the interbank bond market more easily. New upgrades should remove remaining barriers to adoption.

Stanley Shek + 1 other | 17 July 2018

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China's RMB bond market is headed for substantial growth

Fidelity has analysed and forecast the growth for China's onshore RMB bond market - which is substantial. What does this mean for investors?

Luc Froehlich + 4 others | 6 July 2018

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