Since we last wrote about international equities in early December of 2022, the asset class has outperformed domestic equities though the pure calendar quarter numbers show the two allocations to be performing close to each other, according to Bloomberg.  

Have the reasons to consider investing in international equities changed? In our 12/6/22 blog, we gave 3 reasons to consider investing in international equities. Let’s look at these and see if they are still valid… 

1.The longer something underperforms, the more likely it is to outperform. 

Current Outlook: Changing but still present. 

We saw an outperformance of international equities in Q4 2022. In calendar Q1 2023, international equities slightly underperformed US equities. However, on a valuation multiple basis (using P/E), US equities were more expensive than international equities at the end of Q1 2023 (18.8x vs. 13.0x)*. This leads us to believe there is more room to run for international equities. 

2. As the US dollar depreciates international equities will appreciate – the performance is inverse. 

Current Outlook: No change. 

The market is currently pricing in interest rate cuts bringing the Fed Funds Rate to 4.57% from its current rate of 4.83% by the end of the year. * In theory this should provide a tailwind for international equities as the US dollar depreciates. 

3. Institutions arbitrage away higher yielding investment opportunities until they meet lower yielding opportunities [equilibrium] when there are disconnects due to regulatory regimes [read interest rate regime]. 

Current Outlook: Changing but still present. 

While fixed income posted a positive return for Q1 2023, there was significant interest rate volatility in the market. Further, looking at the monthly numbers, moves in interest rate indices mirrored that of equity indices, implying that while investors can earn a higher yield in fixed income and institutions will move into that asset class as well, international equities also still yield more than domestic equities (7.7% vs. 5.3% on an earnings yield perspective, MSCI ACWI ex US vs. S&P 500)*. 

These three potential tailwinds for international equities remain in place and are playing out. While nothing is guaranteed, we believe that relative valuations and economic drivers increase the potential of outperformance for international equities and create compelling reasons for the diversified investor to have exposure to this important asset class.  

*Source: Bloomberg 

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