Satrix style tracker Q2 2019

What worked and what didn’t in Q2 2019?

| 1 August 2019

The second quarter of 2019 was largely dominated by Momentum factors, as Price Momentum (+13.7%) lead the way with Earnings Revisions (+6.7%) also delivering a strong performance. After a strong recovery in Q1, Value factors fell, with Dividend Yield (-7.2%) performing worst and Price to Book (-3.5%) also struggling. Quality factors, namely Return on Equity (-2.1%) and Debt to Equity (-0.5%) produced fairly neutral returns compared to the previous quarter.

Key events that impacted performance in Q2 2019

We saw stock market gains in developed markets in Q2, despite a steep fall in May due to concerns over the US-China trade war. Stock markets were supported by increasingly accommodative central banks and hopes of progress in trade tensions by the end of June. Comments from US President Trump about imposing then-suspended tariffs on Mexican imports drove markets, while signs emerged of progress in talks with China. Emerging market shares recorded a slight gain (but underperformed the MSCI World) in a volatile second quarter. Domestically, equity markets posted solid gains despite soft macro and activity data and FRAs pricing in 40 basis points of cuts over the next 12 months.

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