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Global equity pull-back risks rise

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 July, 2014, 12:13am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 July, 2014, 12:13am

Global equity market sentiment has started the third quarter on a strongly optimistic tack, supported by a raft of dovish policy statements from the world's major central banks and strong US payrolls data last week. The Sentiment Barometer Index (SBI) - which quantifies behavioural investment biases including overconfidence, as well as momentum - has edged into excessive optimism territory in this region. Readings on the Philippines, Thailand and Taiwan are now above 95. In the last 18 months, an MSCI Asia ex-Japan SBI of above 95 has been followed by an average 2 per cent pullback in the index in the subsequent 20 days.

David McBain is a strategist at Absolute Strategy Research

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