Market Thinking

making sense of the narrative


Tag: emerging markets


This post was originally set to go out on Friday, but we thought it worth digesting the narrative being created over the weekend after the ‘storming’ of the Capitol by Trump supporters. What is clear from the hyperbolic – and Read more…

Making sense of currencies

The following post is a long form read about the principles of Market Thinking as applied to currencies. The short take-away is that most of the market’s mental models about currencies arise from a combination of theory and practical experience of the boom/bust behaviour of emerging markets over the last 75 years. Taken as snapshots, these models can appear confusing and contradictory; sometimes growth is good for an exchange rate, other times bad. Sometimes it is all about the current account, other times it doesn’t matter at all and only interest rates are important. Other times none of it seems to work. Not only do we try to make sense of which narrative works when, we also note that most developed market exchange rates move within a + or minus 10% range which means limited real world impact. And this includes Sterling over Brexit. Moreover, despite frequent attempts to treat China as an emerging market for FX purposes, it refuses to behave as such, leading to multiple failed narratives here too. (click on header for more)