With the rapid development of single country ETFs, capturing factor alpha at the country level may prove to be an efficient, practical alternative to individual stock selection. In this study, we look at how effectively our internally-developed EM stock selection model can guide country overweights/underweights. Back testing shows that stock-level factor alpha can indeed be captured at the country level.
A stock market wild card in 2017 is the potential for a significant reduction in the corporate tax rate. President Trump’s desire to lower corporate taxes, if implemented, would have multifaceted impacts on businesses. Tax expense is a direct reduction of income, and any possibility to lessen that burden is a plus for equities.