23 March 2018

Eric Lui

Hong Kong Economic Journal chief economist and strategist
  • Hong Kong stocks are expected to stabilize following the recent steep market correction, say some observers. Photo: Reuters

    Where is the Hong Kong market heading?

    - Feb 20, 2018 1:27pm
    The Hang Seng Index fell back sharply after hitting a peak of 33,484 points on January 29. In this pullback, the benchmark slumped up to 4,355 points or 13 percent in two weeks. During the setback,...
  • Rate hikes are unlikely to pose too much threat to the stock market, given that the current rates remain extremely low. Photo: Reuters

    Is the equity bull market over?

    - Feb 9, 2018 2:01pm
    The US stock market has suffered a sudden crash over the last few days. The biggest question now is whether the bull market cycle has already come to an end. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has...
  • The Federal Reserve may turn more hawkish and speed up the rate hikes to prevent economic overheating. Photo: Reuters

    Fed may hike rates four times this year on rising inflation

    - Feb 2, 2018 1:14pm
    Based on Fed fund futures, the market consensus is that the Federal Reserve will hike rates three times this year by 0.25 percent each time. But I personally believe that the market may have underestimated the...
  • The Hang Seng Index has rallied more than 3,000 points or 10.2 percent in the first 17 days of this year.  Photo: Reuters

    Are we seeing the last leg of the stock market rally?

    - Jan 26, 2018 11:11am
    The Hang Seng Index has been performing extremely well since the start of the year. The huge gains have surprised many investors. A number of indicators suggest that the Hong Kong market is already in the...
  • Momentum investing may continue to work well in Hong Kong this year, given that the market rally is still led by a small group of stocks. Photo: Bloomberg

    Strong counters to continue outperforming this year

    - Jan 12, 2018 12:12pm
    I had recommended two momentum investing portfolios in the middle of last year based on changing market circumstances. Both portfolios have outperformed the market by wide margin, generating returns of 118.4 percent and 75.9 percent compared...
  • The US equity market is expected to go up further next year thanks to rising corporate earnings and tax reform. Photo: Reuters

    Reality check for my 2017 forecasts

    - Dec 29, 2017 4:28pm
    It’s time to check how my 10 forecasts for this year worked out. 1. Global economic growth to pick up. Correct. The world’s major economies have maintained their growth momentum over the last 12 months, and...
  • US markets may climb to new highs next year, providing momentum to other bourses, including Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

    2018 outlook: Equities to hit new high, property under pressure

    - Dec 22, 2017 12:31pm
    After a strong rally this year, the Hang Seng Index is likely to sustain the strength and hit a record level in 2018. Supporting the bullish outlook is the recovery momentum of the global economy and...
  • The dollar index saw a sharp pullback this year. But as the US economy is expected to maintain its strength in 2018, and interest rates will go up further, the US dollar should move higher next year. Photo: Reuters

    US dollar may stage a comeback next year

    - Dec 15, 2017 9:06am
    This is the second part of my 2018 forecast series. Basically, I see a stronger greenback, rising global inflation and the bull market of US Treasuries coming to an end. Over last two years or so, the...
  • Global market liquidity remains abundant as Europe and Japan are still pumping money into the market while US tightening pace remains moderate. Photo: Reuters

    Global economic outlook remains positive

    - Dec 8, 2017 12:09pm
    At this time of the year, I’ll give my 10 predictions for 2018, covering the macro economy, interest rates, currencies, stock markets and housing markets over next three weeks. For next year, the global economic outlook...
  • Data shows that the housing price rally will slow down in the following months or even head south. Photo: HKEJ

    Hong Kong housing market shows signs of cooling off

    - Nov 10, 2017 1:10pm
    Hong Kong’s private market housing price index rose to 340 points in September, according to data from the Rating and Valuation Department. The housing price index has been on the rise for 18 straight months, and...
  • Most Hong Kong banks have held back on rate increases although the Fed started tightening since late 2015. Photo: China Daily

    HK banks may continue to hold back on rate hikes

    - Nov 3, 2017 11:01am
    The Hong Kong dollar interbank rate, or Hibor, has spiked considerably in recent months. Will that prompt local banks to raise interest rates? If that happens, how will property prices be affected? It’s widely expected that...
  • A weakening of the exchange rate against the greenback or a rise in interbank rates are some of the preconditions needed to trigger a rate hike in Hong Kong. Photo:

    What is the chance of a rate hike in Hong Kong?

    - Sep 29, 2017 12:29pm
    US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen has heightened expectations of another rate hike in December in her latest comments. The Fed “should also be wary of moving too gradually”, Yellen said in a speech delivered to...
  • The US Federal Reserve is widely expected to adopt a gradual approach in its balance sheet reduction move. Photo: Reuters

    Why Fed’s balance sheet unwind won’t hurt the US stock market

    - Sep 22, 2017 9:25am
    With the US Federal Reserve confirming that it will begin unwinding its US$4.5 trillion balance sheet, investors are concerned about the potential implications for the stock market. How will the central bank exactly proceed with the...
  • Improving corporate earnings could help the Hong Kong stock market post further gains. Photo: Reuters

    Why HK equities appear poised for further gains

    - Sep 14, 2017 5:05pm
    More than 1,300 out of a total of about 2,000 Hong Kong-listed firms had published their interim results as of September 12. According to an analysis, the companies saw their combined sales revenue rise 9.3 percent...
  • Based on the monthly volatility pattern and overbought conditions of Hong Kong equities, another round of rally may be brewing. Photo: Reuters

    HK equities: The biggest surge is yet to come

    - Sep 7, 2017 5:15pm
    The Hang Seng Index rallied 646 points or 2.37 percent in August, marking the eighth straight month-on-month gain. The index has soared nearly 6,000 points or 27 percent over the period, a long winning streak that...
  • China consumes about half of the annual global output of copper, steel, nickel and aluminum.  Photo: China Mining

    More upside seen for commodities amid global economic recovery

    - Aug 17, 2017 4:15pm
    I made a forecast at the end of last year that metals and raw materials prices would stage a comeback as global economic growth recovers. Commodity prices have indeed performed well in the past six months....
  • Average new home price in Hong Kong has hit a record high at above HK$13 million. Photo: Xinhua

    Hong Kong housing market set for consolidation

    - Aug 11, 2017 9:21am
    Various figures show that housing prices in Hong Kong continued to scale new heights in the recent past. New-home market has been red-hot, and starter-homes in New Territories, in particular, led the price gain. The home...
  • A softer dollar contributed to strong fund inflows into Europe and Asia-Pacific ETFs. Photo: Reuters

    Global capital flowing into Europe, Asia ETFs

    - Aug 3, 2017 3:44pm
    As exchange-traded funds (ETFs) continue to gain popularity, the sector has become so big that it can now serve as a reliable indicator of global fund flows. Exchange-traded products (ETP), which had only US$79 billion of...
  • Driehaus’ price momentum approach would work well in a market where outperformers keep outperforming.  Photo:

    Stock-picking: Spotting the stars with Driehaus strategy

    - Jul 20, 2017 3:57pm
    Given the recent market conditions which saw strong stocks become even stronger, the strategy of picking outperforming counters assumes ever greater importance. This week, we apply the Richard Driehaus approach in selecting the top-performing stocks. Richard...
  • Hong Kong stocks have done well over past six months, but largely led by a limited number of strong plays. Photo: Reuters

    HK equity strategy: Stick to the best performers

    - Jul 13, 2017 3:42pm
    The Hang Seng Index posted an impressive return of 17.1 percent in the first half of this year. However, nearly 2,000 individual stocks failed to outperform and some of them even lagged behind the benchmark. That...

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