January General Markets Comments

by Pierre Mouton

January General Markets Comments

“Knock on Wood” – Eddie Floyd, 1966.

This time it’s for real: many major indices have broken to the upside, touched all-time highs, or reached levels unseen for years during the month of January: the S&P 500, the Dow Jones, the Nasdaq 100 (but curiously not the Composite), the DAX and the CAC, among others, hit their historical highs, while the Topix has now its 1990 record in sight (still 13% to go, though) and the FTSEMIB is as high as it was in 2008, before the GFC. This rosy picture nevertheless gets a tad sober because of the Chinese CSI300, which, contrarily to the aforementioned indices, broke to the downside and is now 46% lower than its 2021 record. The Chinese rout dragged the broad MSCI Emerging Markets down 4.2%, just for January. Despite mixed returns recorded by the Magnificent Seven, Growth embarked 2024 the way it sailed during 2023, strongly and outpacing Value by 2.3%.

For once, fixed-income markets were relatively calm, with the US and the German 10 year yields barely up, but currencies and commodities had quite a volatile start of the year: the dollar rose 1.7% versus the euro, 3.8% versus the Yen and 1% versus the Renminbi, while Oil added 5.9% (buoyed by renewed tensions in the Red Sea as well as a possibly stronger global GDP growth, as confirmed by the IMF) and Gold receded by 1.1%.

“So goes January, so goes the year” says an old Wall Street quip; let’s then “Knock on Wood”, to paraphrase Eddie Floyd, and hope this proves true in 2024, with new highs in sight!





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Antonio Mira

Antonio Mira joined NS Partners in 2006 as Group Chief Financial Officer. He heads the corporate functions and is involved in coordinating and implementing the decisions of the Executive Committee.
An experienced bank auditor, Antonio started his career in 1995 with Arthur Andersen, where he worked for some 7 years before joining Ernst & Young in 2002 as a Senior Manager.
Antonio is a Swiss chartered accountant and a Business graduate of Lausanne University (HEC).

Sébastien Poiret

Sébastien Poiret joined NS Partners in 2008 and manages funds of hedge funds and private client mandates. He also oversees the development of the Group’s offices in Mauritius.

Prior to joining NS Partners, he served as a Trader, Head of Manager research and Portfolio Manager in the USA and Switzerland for a single hedge fund (1998-2004) and for Optimal (2004-2008), Grupo Santander’s fund-of-hedge funds operations.

Sébastien holds a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Finance from the ESPEME Business School (EDHEC Group) and an MBA in Finance and Economics from the Institute of Business Administration, both in Nice.

Abir Oreibi

Abir Oreibi joined the Board of the NS Partners Group in 2018, where she brings her truly international perspective and rich experience.
Among many other ventures, Abir set up’s first European office. After living and working in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok and London, she now lives in Geneva, where she is CEO of Lift Events, an organization that identifies technology trends, their business and social impact through the organization of events and open innovation programs. Issues related to the challenges and opportunities created by new technologies as well as the strategic responses from organizations are at the heart of Lift’s activities.
Abir holds a BA in Political Sciences from the University of Geneva. She is an investor, and member of advisory and innovation boards.

Romain Pidoux, CAIA

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Romain Pidoux joined NS Partners in 2011 and heads the Group’s Risk Management.
He started his financial career in 2005 as Head of Quantitative Analysis for a Swiss Family Office, selecting funds and managing portfolio allocation. In 2008, he switched to the alternative world and joined Peak Partners as hedge funds analyst.
He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and holds a Master’s degree in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies at Geneva University.

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