KKR’s Henry McVey: New Investment Playbook Required

New Mid-Year Report Provides Update on Global Macro Trends

NEW YORK--()--KKR today announced the release of its 2018 mid-year outlook piece by Henry McVey, Head of Global Macro and Asset Allocation (GMAA). In New Playbook Required, McVey outlines his perspective on the current investing environment and updates his asset allocation targets.

“From a macro and asset allocation perspective, we feel confident that we are on the cusp of a secular shift where a new playbook for investing may be required,” Henry McVey says. “We now see a significant ‘baton hand-off’ in many of the markets that we cover from monetary policy towards fiscal stimulus — perhaps the most important shift in the last decade. This change in policy leads us to favor investments with greater linkages to the real economy — versus purely financial assets — than in the past.”

McVey continues, “We also continue to see nationalist agendas, particularly as they relate to cross-border trade, supplanting more global ones. Against this backdrop, we now favor more upfront yield in the portfolio, we advocate shortening duration, and we place a premium on low cost liabilities. We also continue to view Asia as the world’s incremental growth engine.”

In his latest report, Henry McVey and his team note the following macroeconomic investment trends that are driving his team’s thinking:

  1. Asset allocators and macro players must now invest through the lens of fiscal policy accommodation, not monetary policy accommodation, which has dominated the landscape since the Global Financial Crisis.
  2. Nationalist agendas are now aggressively being emphasized over global ones.
  3. The structural bid for yielding assets remains outsized, but we are further turning our focus towards hard assets that benefit more from nominal GDP.
  4. Buy complexity, sell simplicity. Similar to the late 1990s, we think that the market is giving investors a wonderful opportunity to buy complexity at a discount.
  5. We remain bullish on our ‘Deconglomerization’ thesis, and we continue to see a burst of corporate carve-outs across the globe.
  6. We are increasingly struck by how fast overall consumer behavior patterns are changing and continue to be bullish on our ‘Experiences Over Things’ thesis.
  7. While we continue to favor Emerging Markets over Developed Markets, we acknowledge that our mid-cycle pause thesis is playing out more intensely than we originally envisioned. As such, we continue to advocate more selectivity in the second phase of this secular bull market in Emerging Markets.

Key highlights of Mr. McVey’s asset allocation framework include a substantial underweight to global government bonds, particularly at the long-end of the curve; an increasing overweight to Real Assets with Yield and Growth; the decision to remain equal-weight Public Equities by underweighting Turkey and adding to the U.S.; the addition of Grains (Corn) to the portfolio; and a decrease to Cash.

Links to access this report as well as an archive of Henry McVey's previous publications follow:

About Henry McVey

Henry H. McVey joined KKR in 2011 and is Head of the Global Macro and Asset Allocation team. Mr. McVey also serves as Chief Investment Officer for the Firm’s Balance Sheet and oversees Firmwide Market Risk at KKR. As part of these roles, he sits on the Firm’s Investment Management & Distribution Committee and the Risk & Operations Committee. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. McVey was a managing director, lead portfolio manager and head of global macro and asset allocation at Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM). Earlier in his career he was a portfolio manager at Fortress Investment Group and chief U.S. investment strategist for Morgan Stanley. While at Morgan Stanley, Mr. McVey was also a member of the asset allocation committee and was the top-ranked asset management and brokerage analyst by Institutional Investor for four consecutive years before becoming the firm's strategist in January 2004. He earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. McVey is a member of the TEAK Fellowship Board of Trustees after previously serving as co-chair of the board for five years. Henry is also a member of the Pritzker Foundation Investment Committee, a board member of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company (UVIMCO), a member of the national advisory board for the Jefferson Scholarship at the University of Virginia, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Corporate Leader Program.

About KKR

KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate and credit, with strategic manager partnerships that manage hedge funds. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns for its fund investors by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and driving growth and value creation with KKR portfolio companies. KKR invests its own capital alongside the capital it manages for fund investors and provides financing solutions and investment opportunities through its capital markets business. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds. For additional information about KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR), please visit KKR’s website at www.kkr.com and on Twitter @KKR_Co.

The views expressed in the report and summarized herein are the personal views of Henry McVey of KKR and do not necessarily reflect the views of KKR or the strategies and products that KKR offers or invests. This release contains projections or other forward-looking statements, which are based on beliefs, assumptions and expectations that may change as a result of many possible events or factors. If a change occurs, actual results may vary materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date such statements are made, and neither KKR nor Mr. McVey assumes any duty to update such statements except as required by law.

Contacts

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212-750-8300
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Contacts

KKR
Kristi Huller or Cara Major
212-750-8300
media@kkr.com