Russell Investments implements (small) ‘buy’ on Greece

‘Deal or no deal’ turned into ‘deal’, and the odds of Greece staying in the eurozone have increased markedly. As expected, the three year agreement is far more stringent than the one rejected by the Greek population in the referendum. This means Tsipras is in for a tough time in the Greek parliament. However, To Potami sounds supportive and that should be enough to get the agreement through.

Our investment process has been indicating a small buy on European equities for some time, on top of a long running overweight position. We held back on implementing this due to political uncertainty, but we believe this tentative deal is now enough to increase slightly our overweight to European equities. Given the fact that the Eurostoxx 50 has already recouped 7.5% of the 14% peak-to-trough drop it makes sense to us not to add too much though.

All in all, this agreement seems to be more about France and Germany staying friendly than solving the Greek problem. Slippage in terms of reforms and privatisation is almost guaranteed, as well as disappointment with respect to Greek economic performance. The Greek issue will not go away but continue to haunt the eurozone for years to come with the review cycle as a drumbeat of bad news.


Wouter Sturkenboom is senior investment strategist at Russell Investments


Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 17 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments. From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope. Jonathan was awarded Editor of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the same in 2016, he was also shortlisted in 2017 and 2015 for the broader PPA Awards category Editor of the Year (Business Media).

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