Robert Swift takes a look at what happened in October in markets. This is an excerpt from Robert's Global High Conviction report for October 2021.
This week we revisit the property market, specifically the potential/future for commercial office space. We are in the process of offering our most recent buy in the Adelaide CBD and throughout the process we have consistently received questions around the prudence and rationale behind taking exposure to the space. In particular, within the broader context of increased tendencies toward work-from-home and falling demand. So, we thought we would address that question rather briefly and why we feel that this question, though warranted, may in fact be somewhat overdone.
Last week we looked at energy markets and made the case that the recent price action was a result of broader policy failures in speeding up the transition towards a net-zero world. This week we look at the green energy market to understand the incentives, opportunities and outcomes going forward. The irony may be that our bullish case for medium term oil prices may in fact perversely create a tailwind for the broader sector, despite what this may imply for growth prospects and inflation.
This week we take a dive into energy markets, in particular the likely medium to long term outlook for the sector. We have previously written on the potential dislocations both in uranium spot prices (which we wrote off last year) and the potential upward trajectory in oil prices. The former has seemingly played out (though it may still be very much in its infancy) and the second seems to be playing out in real time with Brent futures trading at US$85.45 per barrel and WTI at US$83.73 per barrel. Many would also be aware of the sheer scale of disruptions in the UK and broader shortages of LNG in the Eurozone heading into winter. Even more recently, the headlines have been taken over by blackouts in China in the face of increased demand.
Speaking to prospective and actual clients everyday, we get a fair sense and understanding as to the pulse of the market. Throughout those conversations, there are often common themes and questions. Among these, first, should we continue to own equities? Second question, where to allocate in a world of continued low interest rates? Thirdly, we keep hearing about inflation, but what does this actually mean?
We now turn our attention to the global ‘Mobility Revolution’, set to be one of the defining investment thematics of the 21st century. An opportunity on par with the introduction of the World Wide Web in the 90s and the rise of mass production in the early 20th century. In doing so a key focus will be on the economics of adoption, the likely winners (both geographically and company wise) as well as, taking a normative stance within the broader context of policy intervention.