Episode #459: Louis-Vincent Gave, Gavekal – Funding Themes for 2023 – Meb Faber Analysis

Episode #459: Louis-Vincent Gave, Gavekal – Funding Themes for 2023


Visitor: Louis-Vincent Gave is the Founding Accomplice and CEO of GaveKal, a number one impartial supplier of macro analysis, and GaveKal Capital, a world asset supervisor.

Date Recorded: 12/7/2022     |     Run-Time: 55:13

Abstract: In in the present day’s episode, Louis kicks it off with the largest subject in world markets in the present day – the Xi Pivot & reopening of China. He shares his outlook for the way it could have an effect on world provide chains, commodity markets, and monetary markets. He covers the case for the rising markets, why he isn’t bullish on the US, and why it might be time to rethink your portfolio building as we head into a brand new 12 months.

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Hyperlinks from the Episode:

  • 0:39 – Sponsor: Masterworks
  • 1:22 – Intro
  • 2:18 – Welcome to our visitor, Louis-Vincent Gave
  • 3:34 – Temporary overview of Gavekal Capital
  • 4:16 – The state of the worldwide financial system
  • 6:00 – Implications of latest protests in China and the Xi Pivot
  • 13:49 – Rising attractiveness of rising markets
  • 25:04 – The state of India’s fairness markets
  • 28:36 – The tough actuality of US debt markets
  • 32:52 – Gavekal analysis piece with chart referenced
  • 35:57 – Parallels to Japan’s financial bubble and fallout within the Eighties
  • 38:42 – Broad allocation methods for in the present day’s inflationary setting
  • 43:15 – A view he holds {that a} overwhelming majority of his friends don’t
  • 45:32 – Eye-opening implications of inflation all over the world and throughout time; Planet Money: Messi Economics
  • 46:24 – The Keep Wealthy Portfolio; Meb’s poll on secure cash
  • 47:40 – His most memorable funding or place
  • 51:52 – Study extra about Louis; gavekal.com



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Meb: Welcome podcast associates we received an awesome present as we wind down 2022. Our visitor is Louis-Vincent Gave founding companion and CEO of Gavekal, a number one impartial supplier of macro analysis in Gavekal Capital a world asset supervisor. In in the present day’s episode, Louis kicks it off with the largest subject in world markets in the present day, the chief pivot and reopening of China. He shares his outlook for the way it could have an effect on world provide chains, commodity markets, monetary markets, he covers the case for rising markets, why he isn’t bullish on the U.S., and why it might be time to rethink your portfolio building as we head into a brand new 12 months. Please get pleasure from this episode with Gavekal’s Louis-Vincent Gave. Louis, welcome to the present.


Louis-Vincent: Thanks very a lot. Thanks for having me. Good to satisfy you.


Meb: The place do we discover you in the present day?


Louis-Vincent: I’m on Vancouver Island. About half-hour north of Victoria.


Meb: I received to see your view out the window. I’m additionally searching the window here’s a stunning SoCal day. It’s a little bit Pacific Northwesty you talked about you’re a little bit bit inside, not Victoria waters a little bit colder. The place are you?


Louis-Vincent: Yeah, I’m on a spot known as Cobble Hill, proper on the water as effectively. So we’re trying, I assume on the identical ocean, however you’re in all probability proper. It’s not precisely the identical climate it’s darkish and grey. Really, I personal a property that was owned 100 years in the past by Al Capone. He used to run his whiskey from right here as a result of we’re proper throughout from the San Juan Islands. So he would load up some small ships and convey whiskey over to the San Juan Islands which can be clearly U.S. owned and put the whiskey on to greater boats that will then go all the way down to LA and San Francisco. I’m mainly within the Bahamas of the times.


Meb: You discover any Capone artifacts, any bottles of whiskey within the basement?


Louis-Vincent: No, I hoped. No previous weapons, no bottles of whiskey, no hidden stashes of cash. Nothing in any respect, no, been very disappointing. We should always have had Ronaldo come and open the basement, however no, nothing like that.


Meb: So that you spent a reasonably good period of time in Hong Kong as effectively. Lots of the crew there. How do you type of divvy up the journey lately?


Louis-Vincent: So our agency relies in Hong Kong, and I spend most of my profession there. I’ve lived in Hong Kong greater than I’ve lived wherever in my life. As you level out Gavekal my firm is headquartered in Hong Kong, now we have an workplace in Beijing, now we have an workplace in Singapore. So we’re primarily an Asian agency. Earlier than COVID. I used to be kind of doing half and half clearly, throughout COVID. That was unattainable. I did return a couple of instances and handled the quarantine and every part else. However since then, I’ve mainly been largely right here. I’m beginning to trip once more. I used to be simply again in Hong Kong for 3 weeks. Simply received again. And now I’m right here.


Meb: All proper. So I’ve been a long-time listener anytime I see you come throughout my podcast feed or get fortunate to learn considered one of your analysis experiences, I soar at it. And I’ve all the time been an enormous fan. You definitely have a view that’s world, most U.S. buyers, and that is establishments too they like to have the house nation bias, as does everybody actually, however you’ve got a world perspective. So we’re going to speak about rather a lot in the present day. And I’m going to allow you to select the place we start, whether or not it’s U.S. or whether or not it’s China. We’re recording this mid-beginning of December 2022. What’s the world seem like as we end this 12 months?


Louis-Vincent: I believe the large story is China’s reopening, proper? You will have the second-largest financial system on the planet that’s been stored mothballed for 3 years. Now it’s reopening. And I believe that begs a ton of questions. It’s how a lot pent-up demand is there going to be? How a lot provide chain dislocations are we going to face? What does the reopening of China inform us for the near-term political well being of the nation? I imply, there are such a lot of completely different rabbit holes, we will go down. However for me, that’s the large change. And it’s all of the extra vital change since we all know that the U.S. financial system is slowing down. Should you have a look at most main indicators, whether or not your ISM surveys, your yield curves, your OECD main indicators, they’re all pointing to some type of slowdown, identical story in Europe, in all probability worse in Europe. Really. We additionally know that every time Chinese language development has actually accelerated in 2003, in 2008, in 2015, it kind of triggered a rebound within the world industrial cycle, China reopening goes to result in a rebound. The query is how a lot, and is it going to be sufficiently big to set off a world rebound? That for me is an enormous query. So I believe backside line, we should always begin with China.


Meb: All proper, so I believe lots of listeners buyers say, Okay, effectively, we’ve seen this play earlier than China seems to be like they’re going to begin to reopen they usually don’t they shut every part down. One of many various things appears to be an indicator of this final grouping has been the protests, is that one thing from a Western media perspective is legit and actual? And is that this inflicting an actual pivot. Or is it one thing that, you realize, is simply going to get smashed down and return to lockdowns?


Louis-Vincent: No, I believe it’s inflicting an actual pivot. And right here, that’s maybe the place there’s divergence between the western view of China and the truth on the bottom. Most individuals within the Western world in all probability don’t understand this. However there are protests on a regular basis in China. They’re not coated by CNN or CNBC or anyone, as a result of the protests are sometimes about native points, polluted water, or corrupt officers, or no matter else. So you’ve got a kind of roadmap as to how the Chinese language authorities offers with protests. And the roadmap is they offer in as shortly as attainable, what they do is that they blame center administration. So that they’ll fireplace the native mayor, fireplace the social gathering official, after which they offer in they usually give in as a result of essentially, the Chinese language Communist Social gathering owes its legitimacy from its capability to maintain social stability.


Now, I do know within the Western world, the view is, the Chinese language Communist Social gathering owes its legitimacy to its capability to ship the financial goodies to ship development. However that’s really not true. What the Chinese language Communist Social gathering prides itself on is sustaining social concord, peace, and so forth. Partly as a result of for those who have a look at China’s personal historical past, from mainly 1850, until 1975, it was nothing however anarchy, hyperinflation, famines, international invasion, Civil Conflict, it was probably the most depressing place to stay for 125 years. So the underside line there’s an enormous premium to social stability in China large premium. And I do know that within the Western world, after we assume Chinese language protests, our minds instantly hark again to 1989, proper, as a result of these had been very highly effective photos, the man blocking the tanks the scholars getting shut down. These are highly effective photos.


So in our minds, we see this, when the protests broke out a few weeks in the past, all people thought, oh, my God there’s going to be one other Tiananmen, they’re going to ship the troops, they’re going to shoot down all people within the streets. It’s going to be horrible. In no way. As an alternative, what we’re seeing is, they’ve rotated, they usually’re quickly reopening, you had an editorial within the Beijing instances final week highlighting that, look, after we shut down, it was the appropriate factor to do, as a result of COVID was very lethal, however COVID isn’t very lethal anymore. We’ve had now 5000 instances a day in Beijing for the previous week, we’ve had zero deaths. So we will reopen COVID is now not lethal. And that’s now mainly, the message being pushed on the market.


And the one query now’s how briskly is the reopening going to occur. And what are the results? Now the excellent news is we kind of have a playbook. We’ve seen reopenings. Within the U.S., we’ve seen reopenings in Europe, we’ve seen reopenings in Australia, and Brazil, wherever else. And also you’ve kind of all the time seen the identical factor, large pent-up demand, however on the identical time, and for me, that’s the large query is once you first reopen, all people catches COVID. And it doesn’t imply you die, as a result of really, the loss of life charge is absolutely low. However all people calls in sick. Do you keep in mind a pair summers in the past, when the U.S. reopened? It was the summer time of the canceled flights. All of the flights had been canceled as a result of the pilots had been calling in sick as a result of the stewardesses had been calling in sick, do you keep in mind you reside in LA, you had like 100 ships ready outdoors of LA as a result of the dockers had been calling in sick the truckers had been calling in sick. You had large provide chain dislocations in all places, just because individuals wouldn’t present as much as work for 2 weeks. China’s now going to expertise this. You must think about that the virus goes to run via the nation, partly as a result of that’s what the virus does. Partly as a result of China is a really, very densely populated nation.


The landmass of China is roughly the identical because the U.S. nevertheless it’s 4 instances the inhabitants and it’s like all people lives alongside the east coast. So it’s tremendous, tremendous densely populated. So backside line, I believe if your small business mannequin, let’s say your Apple, and your small business mannequin relies on having 100,000 employees present up and stay in dorms on prime of one another, you’re going to have a troublesome three to 6 months, as a result of these guys are going to be sick.


Meb: Yeah. So your greatest guess as you look to this, and culturally talking, accounting for the variations is that this one thing that you simply really feel like China has actually deliberate for? They’re like, all proper, we’re going to fill up on supplies. We all know that that is coming sooner or later we’re going to arrange for this or is that this one thing that’s simply going to be an enormous surge in shopper demand that overwhelms every part? Like, what’s the type of implications that you simply assume so far as markets and economies that is actually going to have?


Louis-Vincent: I want I knew. I want I knew. I do assume China was within the path of reopening, you noticed Hong Kong already reopened, they already lowered the quantity of quarantine to come back into China. So it was on this path already. So I believe that there was some degree of planning. I do imagine the demonstrations have introduced every part ahead and at an accelerated tempo, however they had been getting into that course anyway. Now, have they stockpiled commodities? Sure, I imagine they’ve. As a result of for those who have a look at the info, for me, one of many extra fascinating information factors that no person talks about is pre-COVID, China was importing 4 billion a month value of commodities from Russia, each month, post-COVID. These previous few months, China was importing 11 billion. So virtually 3 times as a lot. You’d have a look at this and also you assume, how’s this taking place when there’s no building happening? When the actual property markets been tanking? When clearly, all people’s caught at dwelling. It needs to be stockpiling.


And in that regards, it’s fascinating that as China reopens I together with lots of people anticipated power costs to rally onerous. It’s like China’s consuming 1,000,000 and a half barrels lower than it in any other case would. However it’s not taking place. So on the commodities entrance, I believe that they’ve stockpiled. However right here’s the opposite query. Within the U.S. when individuals got here out of lockdowns, they came upon that mortgage charges had been 100 foundation level under the place they had been once they’d gone into lockdown. They came upon that for a similar month-to-month automobile fee, as a substitute of getting a Toyota, you possibly can get a BMW or you possibly can get a second automobile. And all people did that. It’s like, oh, for a similar month-to-month funds, I can get 50% extra home, oh, I’ll improve my home. After which every part that goes together with it, I would like to purchase a brand new fridge, I would like to purchase a brand new oven, then you definately discover out like provide chain dislocations all around the store. I spotlight this as a result of whereas in all places on the planet mortgage charges have simply gone up 200, 300, 400 foundation factors in China prior to now 12 months have gone down 150 foundation factors.


So now individuals are going to come back out of lockdown. And so they’re going to search out out that oh, my automobile fee is a lot cheaper. I can afford two automobiles as a substitute of 1. Or I can afford 50% extra residence. So the large query is, are they going to try this? As a result of, sure, they could have stockpiled commodities, however they didn’t stockpile Toyota automobiles. They didn’t stockpile ovens and fridges. No person does that. So if on the identical time, the Toyota manufacturing facility in China, or the Honda manufacturing facility in China doesn’t get delivered gearbox as a result of the fellows on the gearbox manufacturing facility all have COVID, then after all, you may’t ship a automobile. In case you have a automobile with out a gearbox, you’ve got a paperweight. And so I believe the potential for provide chain dislocation on the buyer items aspect is kind of excessive. In essence, why ought to we count on China to have a distinct expertise than what we had? That’d be my query. After I say we, I imply, France or the U.S. or a lot of the western world, I believe as China reopens, you’re going to get the rise in demand on the one aspect, and the availability chain dislocations on the opposite. So it’s going to be doubtlessly the final COVID-linked inflationary shock to the system.


Meb: And in order we began to consider China and property in a portfolio, we tweet rather a lot about rising markets. However China specifically being the elephant of rising markets, you realize, the typical U.S. investor, for those who have a look at I believe world market cap rising markets is let’s name it 13% ish relies on for those who do float-adjusted or no matter, however the common American has about 2%. I believe Goldman says in rising markets, so means underweight normally, however China and significantly on the fairness aspect, for those who have a look at the valuations, it’s both at or close to the most cost effective it’s ever been going again 30 plus years the market taking place 60% has a means of inflicting that to occur, after all, who’re the winners and losers? As we glance out Chinese language shares, they give the impression of being good to you they dangerous, as we glance across the implications of this, what’s the impression?


Louis-Vincent: I’d add yet another factor. Two months in the past, I used to be doing name after name with purchasers who had been asking, Is China uninvestable, which is after all what you ask earlier than it falls 60%. So I believe there’s been like, all people’s puked out China and there was a kind of cathartic second with the individuals’s Congress once they took out Hu Jintao and really publicly humiliated him and Xi Jinping mainly monopolized all political energy. All people determined all proper I’m out. For me. That was the ultimate puke. And since then it’s been excellent news after excellent news. However you realize the luck. The underside line is China’s reopening. How do you play that you simply purchase China, I imply, let’s not beat across the bush. It’s undervalued, it’s under-owned, and you’ve got a constructive catalyst for development, constructive catalysts for earnings. And it has began to outperform. The wonder is it’s a liquid market, it’s decently huge. There’s some fast-growing names in there. In order that’s the apparent play. However to your level, China, it’s the second greatest financial system on the planet. And it’s the first supply of development for many rising markets. You have a look at the Indonesias the Thailands, the Saudi Arabias of this world, their development are more and more tied to what’s taking place in China.


And so the truth that China is now rebounding goes to be an awesome boon for all these guys. Now, it’s additionally a vital marketplace for Japan and for Europe, for those who’re very reluctant to take threat, and also you assume, I can’t belief rising market accounting, or this or that you would be able to play via Japan or via Europe, I’ll simply spotlight one factor if we’d had this chat a 12 months in the past. And if I informed you look over the approaching 12 months, you’re going to see the Fed be way more hawkish than anyone expects. They’re going to boost charges, 400 foundation factors, or 375. However no matter, whereas the markets anticipating 150, a lot extra hawkish than anyone expects, primary, quantity two, the U.S. greenback, in consequence goes to rebound very strongly, the DXY goes to go up 22% in six months, which it’s mainly solely completed as soon as earlier than. And quantity three, China’s going to remain on lockdown, and a a lot tougher lockdown than anyone expects for the subsequent 12 months. If we thought {that a} 12 months in the past, we might have mentioned, “Oh, my God, simply keep away from rising markets. It’s going to be a massacre,” proper? Tied to Fed, robust U.S. greenback, weak China. That was like a recipe for an enormous faceplant.


Now, apparently, prior to now 12 months, you have a look at whether or not on the bond aspect or the fairness aspect markets like Indonesia, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, India, they’ve all outperformed the U.S. bond and fairness markets in spades. That is extremely uncommon, as a result of rising markets normally, they are usually the redhead stepchildren of economic markets. When issues go dangerous, they’re the primary ones to get slapped. In Asia, the place I’ve spent most of my profession, you’re taking a market like Indonesia, Indonesia is your typical market, you keep away from every time there’s a sell-off, it all the time will get bought onerous. And but this 12 months Indonesian bonds, you barely lose any cash on them. And also you really become profitable on Indonesian equities. I spotlight this as a result of for me bear markets as disagreeable as they’re on the market for a cause. They’re there to switch the management of 1 group of inventory to the subsequent. We’re within the midst of a bear market. It’s not enjoyable. No person enjoys it. However whilst you’re in a bear market, what you want to do is attempt to search for the place are you seeing outperformance? And in the present day, one of many locations you’re seeing clear outperformance regardless of large macro headwinds is rising markets.


Now, let’s quick ahead to the approaching 12 months. What are going to be the tendencies subsequent 12 months? Primary, by far the largest pattern, China reopens large, essential pattern. Quantity two, I believe there’s a superb likelihood the Fed is mainly completed rising fairly quickly, they could have yet another charge hike after which possibly two, however that’s roughly it. Quantity three, the U.S. greenback has already began to roll over, figuring out that the Fed is getting near completed, the U.S. greenback is rolling over. So these big three headwinds to rising markets are actually turning into tailwinds as a result of when the U.S. greenback is weak, that’s good for rising markets. When the Fed doesn’t tighten, it’s good for rising markets. And when China is booming, that’s good for rising markets, rising markets outperformed when they need to have underperformed. So what are they going to do now? I believe it’s the place to be rising markets, the markets proper now, for those who simply take heed to them, it’s telling you that is the brand new bull markets. That is the place you want to deploy capital. And to your level, all people’s it and be like, no, I’m not doing this. And Individuals have such as you level out 2% of their property in rising markets. So that they’re going to overlook that complete first large leg within the bull market.


Meb: One final thing on rising markets that I believe might be one of many causes significantly the large establishments had an enormous pause, and people too was all the Russian securities market changing into primarily paused or uninvestable. Russia is basically a rounding error in comparison with China, so far as dimension with these investing markets, although like 95% of rising market funds personal Russian shares, they give the impression of being and say, wait a minute, this can be a attainable playbook for China, Taiwan. It’s onerous to ever give you odds however is that one thing that must be a severe concern from the investor standpoint is it doubtless unlikely consensus non-consensus what do you bought?


Louis-Vincent: It ought to however maybe not for the rationale you assume. So first, I don’t imagine for a second China’s going to invade Taiwan. They’ll’t pull it off, mounting an amphibious operation of 100 miles of sea. Hitler when he managed the entire of Europe didn’t even attempt to invade Britain, and that was simply six miles of sea. Mounting and figures, operations is the toughest factor in navy and Taiwan is a sequence of mountains that fall into the ocean. And once you have a look at the struggles that Russia is having to invade Ukraine, and that’s simply sending tanks over fields of wheat, then neglect that it’s like Taiwan isn’t going to occur. However the query is, nonetheless vital, as a result of it highlights the underlying theme of the day, which is deglobalization. When most individuals consider deglobalization. They consider the Apple provide chain or the Nike provide chain, and whether or not that strikes again in the direction of the U.S. The way more vital deglobalization is the deglobalization of economic flows, the truth that Russians clearly can’t put money into wherever, however Russia now.


And if you’re a European investor, for those who’re a U.S. investor, unexpectedly, you assume, oh, possibly China is a harmful place for me to deploy capital. However that knife cuts each methods. Should you’re Chinese language, and also you have a look at this Russian invasion, for those who’ve been a wealthy man in China, for the previous 20 years, every time you made cash, to procure a home in Vancouver, or a home in Sydney, or a home in London, you redeployed capital within the Western world, as a result of the best comparative benefit of the western world is the rule of legislation. Its property rights, it’s the truth that if I’ve an issue whether or not I’m black, brown, yellow, whether or not I’m Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, I’m going in entrance of a courtroom of legislation, in Vancouver, in London, in New York, and I’m handled equally subsequent to the subsequent man, proper? It’s all flat. Besides we’ve simply added a little bit asterisk to this. We’ve mentioned besides for those who’re Russian. Should you’re Russian we will take all of your stuff, we will take your soccer membership, we will take your home in Saint Tropez, we will take your yachts, we will take your non-public jets, we will take your home in South Kensington. And we will do that with none courtroom orders. With none dialogue in Parliament. We mainly have the G7 world leaders get collectively over a weekend they usually determine to do that.


Now, for those who’re Chinese language, you see this, you assume, okay, besides for those who’re Russian in the present day, it could possibly be besides for those who’re Chinese language tomorrow, this home in Vancouver that I purchased on the premise that it was a secure home if in case issues went improper in China I might all the time transfer to Vancouver. Nicely, really, this home isn’t what I believe it was it’s as a result of if issues do go dangerous, then it may possibly get confiscated. And so following this Russian invasion, I believe we’ve undermined the largest once I say we I imply the Western world, our greatest comparative benefit, the rule of legislation and the sanctity of property rights, we’ve torn that up. I don’t assume we understand it. While you stay within the Western world, you don’t understand we’ve simply completed that. However from an rising market, the place you’re very attuned to those issues. Since you’re all the time fearful that the federal government goes to come back and take your stuff. Should you’re wealthy in China, for those who’re wealthy in Saudi Arabia, you’re fearful the federal government’s going to come back and take your stuff. Have a look at what occurred to the Saudi princes, when MBS received to energy, proper, all of them received to be holed up within the Ritz Carlton and mainly for a shakedown.


So once you come from an rising market, all the time fearful about this, and the Western world was all the time the place the place you deploy capital. Should you had been Chinese language, and to procure homes in Australia, or the UK, you didn’t do it since you thought this may have good returns, you probably did it for the security of the capital, neglect the returns, you didn’t care concerning the return on capital, you cared concerning the security of capital. So we undermine that. And since we’ve undermined that, what’s occurred, our bond markets have collapsed, bond yields have gone via the roof property goes down. And right here you get to the crux of the matter, which is why I believed this deglobalization issues much more than individuals assume, however maybe for the improper causes. They’ve received it backwards. You are taking a rustic just like the U.S., you’re taking a rustic like my very own France, you’re taking the UK, these are international locations which have run for 20 years, large twin deficits, huge commerce deficits on the one hand, huge funds deficits on the opposite, you want any individual to fund that. And the best way we funded that was by promoting property to foreigners.


The largest property we bought had been one authorities bonds and two actual estates. And we bought it to the international locations that had fixed present account surpluses. The Saudi Arabias of this world, the Burhans the Qatars the Chinas the Bruneis, for those who look all over the world, most western democracies have huge twin deficits. Most rising markets have huge twin surpluses. So we’ve lived on this odd world the place poor international locations are funding wealthy international locations, they usually had been doing so due to the safety of capital. Now, for those who’re China, you assume for those who’re Chinese language, I don’t need to purchase any extra Vancouver actual property. I don’t need to purchase any extra London or LA actual property. Now what you’re going to do is you’re going to purchase your actual property in Singapore, you’re going to purchase it in Dubai, that are actually miniscule markets. So it’s going to be some huge cash going into a really, very small place. And for me, this deglobalization of finance is maybe one of many explanations why rising markets have outperformed this 12 months when actually they shouldn’t have is the financial savings are now not going to circulate from rising markets to developed markets. They’re going to remain in rising markets, begging the query of, okay, how is the U.S. going to fund twin deficits value 7%, 8%, 9% p.c of GDP. How is the UK going to try this? The reply is that they received’t. And so the currencies must fall.


Meb: So aside from shorting Vancouver actual property, I heard you guys point out, India has been having a pleasant run of it these days of their fairness market. They’re one of the costly markets that we observe, a lot of the international locations all over the world we expect are fairly cheap too low-cost to screaming low-cost, the U.S. is just not in that bucket, we expect they’re nonetheless fairly costly market cap weighted, however what story with India? Are they going to be a beneficiary or are they going to get damage by the China reopening?


Louis-Vincent: I believe within the brief time period, they get damage. So first, look, India is all the time costly. It’s been costly, just about my whole profession. It’s costly, as a result of it’s an thrilling story, it’s an thrilling story of a rising center class of fairly good observe report of native entrepreneurs and utilizing capital relative to lots of rising markets, it’s received rather a lot going for it. Now, the one nice new benefit for India is, in each cycle India, at any time when oil costs rose an excessive amount of, they’d get crushed as a result of they should import a lot of their power. And they also’d have a deterioration of their present account balances, which might drive the central banks to tighten, and also you’d enter a bear market, one thing new is occurring in India, in that they’re attending to pay for increasingly of their power in their very own foreign money. They’re shopping for their oil from not solely Russia but in addition Iran in Indian rupees. In order that mainly relieves a kind of Damocles sword from over their head or no less than a kind of present account constraint that was all the time there. Having mentioned that, I believe one of many cause India’s completed fairly effectively, is that for those who’re an EM supervisor, or for those who’re a Pan Asian supervisor, it’s been the one good story this 12 months, that and to some extent, Brazil, however you’ve got some political uncertainty in Brazil.


So for those who’re an EM supervisor, and it’s a must to go pitch your purchasers, and you’ll’t say, effectively, the place are you invested? You need to say India, as a result of then you definately don’t get nasty questions. Should you say, Oh, I’m chubby China, you get all types of nasty questions. Oh, however aren’t you fearful about Taiwan being invaded, cash being frozen, and so forth, and so forth. So, the best way maybe, you realize, that swing video games that youngsters have the place one goes up, the opposite goes down, and it swings like this, to me, that is how China and India are, when international buyers determine, can’t be in China, for no matter cause, the cash all goes to India, all of the EM cash, however then when China rebounds, the cash has to come back from someplace. And initially, it comes from India. In order you have a look at China reopening, I believe the primary adjustment shall be each rising market fund, each Pan Asian fund must promote India and purchase China. So within the close to time period, China’s reopening is just not nice information for India. However I believe when you go that section of portfolio readjustments which can in all probability take six to 9 months, then India is okay, similar to it’s not going to be an awesome six to 9 months that’s it.


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Let’s speak a little bit bit concerning the U.S. which I’ve heard you describe as for the higher a part of some time the cleanest dirtiest shirt, which is like my theme for the pandemic I really feel like of my wardrobe. What does that imply, after we’re speaking concerning the U.S. financial system? I imply, the U.S. greenback is simply romping and stopping the U.S. inventory market has been the one place to be for a greater a part of a decade. Is that coming to an finish? What do you see?


Louis-Vincent: I believe it’s already come to an finish. And I believe it was Bruce Kovner of Caxton who mentioned the place he’s made probably the most cash in his profession is when all people he talks to was telling him one factor, however the market was already telling him one thing else. And in the present day to your level, the overall notion on the market partly due to the U.S. greenback energy is that the U.S. is the cleanest soiled shirt. It’s the one factor that may be seen in. Every little thing else, Europe has received potential power disaster. China is uninvestable. By default, you’re left with the U.S. So the overall notion is the U.S. is the place to be however in the meantime, once you have a look at the efficiency of markets once more, you realize you’ve made cash in Brazil this 12 months. You’ve made cash in India, you’ve made cash in Mexico, you’ve made cash in Indonesia, there’s so many huge markets that did effective. So the market is… all people tells you oh U.S. is the cleanest soiled shirt. And in the meantime, it’s like effectively maintain on inventory market that’s down 20%. And the bond market that’s down 20% doesn’t qualify as a clear, soiled shirt, it’s only a plain soiled shirt. It’s simply soiled, and also you shouldn’t be seen in it.


So the underside line for me is, for those who venture your self to the approaching 12 months, what’s going to be the large story, one is China reopening. So we’ve coated that. I believe the second story for 2023 shall be lots of U.S. bankruptcies, throughout the years of straightforward cash, you had lots of silly tasks that received funded, and corporations which can be nonetheless to today burning via money. Now, the truth is, if by now you’re not in a constructive money circulate as a enterprise, for those who’re not in constructive money circulate once you’ve simply had fairly a couple of quarters of mainly double-digit nominal GDP development, plus 0% rates of interest, for those who can’t become profitable in that setting, which means you’re by no means going to become profitable. And within the coming 12 months, buyers are going to allow you to go. So that you’re going to see lots of bankruptcies within the U.S., you’re going to get right into a chapter cycle, which can imply wider company spreads.


And right here for me, that’s if you wish to be scared about one thing, for me, the story is fairly easy. In 2007, 2008, you had roughly 600 billion of triple B debt within the U.S., in the present day, you’ve got about 4 trillion of triple B debt. Within the U.S., once you get to a recession, wherever from a fifth to 1 / 4 of that triple B debt sometimes will get derated to non-investment grade, now the non-investment grade market within the U.S., is round a trillion {dollars}. Should you assume that within the coming 12 months via bankruptcies, you’re going to get one other trillion added to that, it’s like who’s going to purchase this as a result of useless markets are extraordinarily binary, for those who’re managing an funding grade fund, if one thing will get downgraded to non-investment grade, you may now not maintain it. Now traditionally, what you’d do is you’d name your pleasant dealer at Goldman Sachs or your pleasant dealer at Morgan Stanley, and also you say, hey, I must do away with this on my e-book, are you able to guys take this from me, and you realize, Goldman would bid you I don’t know, 55 cents on the greenback. And also you’d shout at your dealer, however you’d don’t have any alternative. And that’s what funding banks did. Their worth add was to supply liquidity to the market in instances of stress, they’ll’t do this anymore, since 2008. That capability of them to deliver liquidity right into a harassed market has been regulated away from them.


So that you’re going to enter right into a interval of company bond downgrades at a time when the company bond market has by no means been greater, with no liquidity supplier anymore. And that is very particular to the U.S. since you haven’t had that development of company debt elsewhere on the planet. So I believe the view that the U.S. is the cleanest soiled shirt goes to be severely, severely challenged within the coming 12 months. As a result of look, you’ve had, once more, an enormous enhance in company debt within the U.S. And that’s very particular, once more, to the U.S. And lots of that debt must get repriced at a lot increased charges.


Meb: Yeah. As we have a look at kind of U.S. financial system, I imply, clearly, the rates of interest ripping up and you’ve got a few of my favourite charts, if we will speak you into sharing a few of these, we’ll put them within the present notes. Since you do an awesome job on laying this out with charts. I’m a visible individual, however lots of your subjects. As we glance out to 2023. It looks like everybody’s obsessive about the Fed. Does Powell pivot, is the bear market over it appears to be that you simply’re… and I’m placing phrases in your mouth. However you’d say that there’s going to be extra ache, so far as it involves that view of the world. Is that correct?


Louis-Vincent: It’s. And maybe one of many slides you may share, I can deliver it up if you would like. However I’ve this desk the place I have a look at the highest 10 market caps on the finish of each decade, within the late ’70s, six of the highest 10 market caps on the planet had been power shares late ’80s, eight out of 10 with Japanese shares, late ’90s eight out of 10 had been telecom and Web shares 2000s It was all about how China was going to take over the world. And clearly the previous decade, it’s all been about how software program eats the world and you want to be in U.S. tech, and so forth. 10 out of the highest 10 firms are tech shares in the present day. This has been the theme now the fascinating factor once I present this desk to purchasers they are saying oh yeah, the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, 2000s These had been bubbles. However in the present day, that’s not a bubble. These guys generate nice money flows. They’ve quasi-monopoly conditions, which provides them the power to bully governments. It’s very completely different this time. There’s this perception to your level, all people’s speaking concerning the Fed pivot. All people you speak to says oh, effectively, I would like to attend for the Fed to chop rates of interest once more.


After which I can return to purchasing Amazon and return to purchasing Tesla and return to purchasing Fb. As quickly as that occurs. Neglect it. Neglect it. That bubble has now imploded. The markets already transferring on to one thing else to me sitting round ready all day for the Fed to chop rates of interest so I can purchase Fb once more, makes about as a lot sense as being in Tokyo in 1992. And considering oh, when is the BOJ going to chop so I can purchase financial institution of Tokyo Mitsubishi once more? You had some nice rallies in Japan via the ’90s. And you realize, you possibly can commerce these rallies, however you need to play the basic tendencies and never lots of people made cash, and although you had huge rallies, not lots of people made cash in Japan within the ’90s as a result of structurally, you had been in a bear market. Once more, bear markets are there for a cause. We’re in a bear market, bear markets are there to alter the management, the bear markets 2011, it allowed to alter management from every part’s about China to every part’s about U.S. tech. For me, the bear markets we’re in now’s telling us time to alter the management.


And by the best way, when the Fed cuts positive you’ll get a rally in Fb and in Google and every part else. However it would mark the beginning gun for the huge outperformance of rising markets. From the second the Fed cuts, the U.S. greenback will actually faceplant. That is when it’ll grow to be apparent to individuals that truly a lot of the development on the planet over the subsequent decade goes to happen in rising markets. And that is the place you want to be. So the Fed pivot does matter. And I believe as you get monetary accidents within the U.S. in 2023, you will notice that Fed pivot, however to me, it received’t be an indication of oh, let’s return to the earlier winners.


Meb: I imply, the illustration of Japan alone, we talked rather a lot about it on the present, not simply because I prefer to ski in Japan and hopefully get to revisit this 12 months after a few years of not going and we’re getting a pleasant low cost on the yen.


Louis-Vincent: Very good low cost.


Meb: Proper. The instance you give is so true. I imply, have a look at the ’80s I imply, it was 30 years on a complete return foundation earlier than that market received its head again above water. I’ve been making an attempt to inform buyers, as a lot as I like shares for the long term, it’s going to be rather a lot longer than you assume.


Louis-Vincent: Nicely, so apparently, in Japan, within the ’80s, lots of the bubble was round actual property and naturally, banks. Should you really strip out the banks from the index, once you received to 1989 10 of the highest 10 banks on the planet had been Japanese. The Japanese banks alone with 25% of the world MSCI simply the Japanese banks, Japan was 45% of the world MSCI. I spotlight this as a result of sure, as soon as the bubble imploded, every part collapsed, and so forth. However for those who strip out the banks from the index, really, the index didn’t take 30 years to make a brand new excessive, it got here again fairly shortly. As a result of that was actually the kind of central level of the bubble, proper? So I spotlight this as a result of within the U.S., I believe the place the bubble was in tech funding any enterprise mannequin that was pretended to be tech, the WeWorks, the Past Meats, the Pelotons, all these items, you strip that half out. And I believe the U.S. will come again very quick. It’s simply that tech is 30% of the benchmark now, however you strip that half out the remainder as a result of the remainder of the U.S. will do okay. The one hurdle for the industrials and so forth. Now’s the robust greenback because the robust greenback rolls over, there’s no cause the John Deere’s and the Caterpillars of this world can’t go on happening.


Meb: Nicely, you’re talking proper to the guts of a price investor. However we speak rather a lot about this, we are saying look, lots of the instances worth investing is okay. And everybody focuses on the worth half you’re shopping for low-cost shares, otherwise you’re shopping for an asset. However equally as vital to that whole technique is you’re avoiding the actually loopy costly stuff. And the issue with market cap weighting traditionally has been there’s no tether to worth. So once you do have these big booms, the actually costly stuff goes nuts. So Japan within the ’80s, my favourite bubble U.S. late ’90s. So simply avoiding that sitting that out means you hopefully get to outlive one other day. And we speak rather a lot about how we expect, even inside the U.S. proper now worth or simply something aside from the junk on the prime may be in all probability a very effective place to be. However that’s one of many huge weaknesses of market cap weighting. And traditionally why we are saying it’s effective, however not optimum for us.


Louis-Vincent: And by the best way on this, I believe the equal cap weighted has been beating the crap out of the market cap weighted proper. And that’s regardless of the Apples outperformance for those who did it ex Apple, it will actually beat the pants out of it.


Meb: Yeah, you had an awesome quote the place you had been speaking mainly the period arising goes to be the return to the imply investor, the place you’re beginning to have this reversion. As we glance out, you had an awesome slide the place you’re speaking about varied rugby gamers and the way they complement one another Individuals we will discuss basketball crew level guard, middle, or no matter it might be. As we take into consideration, you realize, portfolio traits. We’re going to in all probability print one of many worst conventional portfolio years ever for many inventory and bond buyers within the U.S. We did a ballot, we mentioned are you down on the 12 months? And it’s like 90% mentioned, yeah, and it’s like 90% of ETFs are down. And we glance out into the longer term. So we received the China half in rising markets. Anything that we didn’t discuss that you simply assume are fascinating areas to plug into the portfolio or to keep away from as effectively?


Louis-Vincent: Yeah, completely. So to your level, I believe there’s essentially 3 ways to become profitable in markets. You both run a return to the imply technique, you run a momentum technique, otherwise you run a carry commerce technique. While you placed on a commerce, it’s essential that you realize what that man is doing for it. To your level. It’s like placing a crew collectively, proper? You talked about basketball. You don’t count on your level guard to be the best rebounder in your crew. You don’t count on your middle to shoot a bunch of threes. I imply, in the event that they do, it’s nice. However that’s not their job. That’s not why you set them on the courtroom within the first place. And in order you construct your portfolio, I believe it’s essential to know, okay, if I purchase this, what am I shopping for it for? Is that this a return to the imply commerce, momentum commerce, carry commerce, in an effort to decide if he’s doing their job or not? Once more, you’re not going to guage the purpose guard on his capability to rebound. I spotlight this as a result of for most individuals, to procure authorities bonds for his or her antifragile traits, to procure them considering, effectively, if my fairness is down 20%, then my bonds shall be up 10. In order that’s their job. And that job has failed massively this 12 months.


The massive failure in most individuals’s portfolio, whether or not you’re a pension fund, an endowment, a non-public investor, and so forth, isn’t as a lot as equities went down 20%, that’s a part of the mannequin, I might say, you purchase equities, you settle for that you simply is likely to be down 20%, the half that has failed is that bonds haven’t completed their job. Now, the fascinating factor to me is that we should always acknowledge this, it’d be like some extent guard who can’t shoot free throws, who went 0 for 10 on the free throw line. Should you’re the coach you’d sub him out, it’s okay, you realize what you’re out. You’ve misplaced it, you don’t have it. However for those who present up in the present day, to no matter wealth administration agency you need to present as much as, they’re going to provide you a pleasant questionnaire, they usually’re going to say, oh, you’re a conservative investor. So we’ll put 60% in bond 40% in fairness, oh, you’re an aggressive investor, we’ll do 60% in fairness, 40% in bonds, and then you definately inform them maintain on. This hasn’t labored for 2 years now. However individuals nonetheless handle cash the identical means. As a result of it’s like, effectively, it labored for 25 years. So hopefully it goes again to working. What if it by no means works once more? What if bonds and equities are actually positively correlated, as a result of we’re now in a structurally inflationary setting, then you want to utterly rethink your portfolio building.


And I don’t assume individuals are doing that but. I imply, once more, you continue to go to the wealth advisory corporations, you continue to get the identical questionnaire you had been getting two years in the past, and you continue to get broadly the identical asset allocation. And so they’re simply sitting there crossing their fingers that the previous two years had been an anomaly. What if it’s the new regular? What if that is now the world we stay in, then you want to discover completely different property which can be anti-fragile, completely different property that shield your fairness draw back.


Now, in an inflationary setting, you want to mainly get property that profit from inflation, not get property that get damage by inflation, property that profit from inflation are, after all, commodities, it’s power, it’s rising markets, it’s all of the issues that truly did diversify your portfolio a 12 months in the past, and my portfolio, I’m loaded up with power, I’ve a lot power, and it’s not been doing effectively these previous few weeks. However I virtually don’t care as a result of I’ve different stuff that’s doing effectively, proper now, most notably, all my China stuff, it’s ripping increased. So my China stuff is ripping increased, my power stuff is doing badly. It’s okay if tomorrow, power costs undergo the roof, my China stuff will dump, however my power stuff will do effectively, once more, what would you personal bonds for OECD authorities bonds for? Who’s going to purchase these from you at a better worth? For what cause? And why ought to portfolios nonetheless have 40%, 50% constructed round these? To me, these are the questions buyers must be asking themselves.


Meb: Yeah, I imply, all the time like considering again buyers to why you personal an asset is such a fundamental, but in addition important perception to work via and excited about what position they play, and never simply assuming that. I imply, bonds are such an awesome instance, for those who examine historical past for previous 100-plus years, you realize, bonds don’t all the time hedge when shares do poorly, typically they do. However typically they present as much as the Christmas social gathering, they drink an excessive amount of. And that’s that, sorry. That’s who you get your loopy cousin exhibiting up this 12 months. As we begin to wind down, what’s the view you maintain that say 75% plus to the overwhelming majority of the skilled investing world doesn’t maintain could possibly be proper now or it might simply be on a regular basis, something coming to thoughts?


Louis-Vincent: The view I might maintain proper now that most individuals don’t maintain is how, excuse my French, however how screwed as an asset class the OECD authorities bonds are and the way they’ve benefited from fixed inflows from rising markets. And the way that’s now structurally completed. A view I maintain very dearly is we’ve utterly undermined within the Western world, our single greatest comparative benefit, you realize what we talked about, and that that is going to be mirrored in decrease and decrease asset costs, particularly for the asset costs which can be perceived to be secure i.e. bonds in actual property. I believe these two asset courses are virtually condemned asset courses within the Western world. And we did this to ourselves like that is what’s so infuriating, is we did this to ourselves.


So my agency perception, I assume, to sum it up is the property you assume are secure, are far much less secure than you assume they’re and the property that you simply assume are unsafe, are in all probability a lot safer than you assume they’re. Individuals’s notion of security is totally improper. And partly as a result of individuals equate security with volatility, and for those who have a look at intervals which have international locations which have gone via inflation, for those who had your cash in actual property or in bonds in Argentina, or in Brazil once they had huge inflation, or in Zimbabwe or South Africa or wherever else, you bought cleaned out, for those who held equities, you really did okay. It was unstable. However over the course of the cycle, you continue to did okay. So I believe the view I maintain dearly is definitely equities. As we speak, given the macro setting, equities are a lot safer than bonds.


Meb: There’s a pair feedback one was, I listened to a superb podcast this week known as Messi Economics, nevertheless it was speaking concerning the perspective was an Argentine reporter, and I believe it was on NPR was the present observe hyperlinks listeners, the place an Argentine reporter talked about her childhood in Argentina, after which additionally type of overlaid the expertise of the soccer participant Messi and type of lots of classes about inflation and simply transferring out of Argentina and the flight from large inflation. It’s a extremely eye-opening, I believe, for lots of buyers, significantly within the U.S. who haven’t even thought of inflation, even in any respect in 30-plus years, and the overwhelming majority of investing managers who’re managing cash in the present day have by no means actually skilled an inflationary setting. Should you do, you’re in all probability 70. And nobody’s listening to you anymore anyway. So that you’re out enjoying golf, however we did a submit throughout the pandemic known as the Keep Wealthy Portfolio. And I like to do polls on Twitter to ask individuals questions, and simply to type of pro-sentiment. One among them is like, what do you do together with your secure cash? And everybody the idea is T-bills or bonds, proper? And we mentioned, you hit on the examples, so correct, which is individuals have a look at that on a nominal and volatility foundation.


However after inflation, we are saying how a lot do you assume T-bills or bonds have declined prior to now on an actual drawdown foundation? Most individuals say like zero to 10%, few loopy, say 10 to twenty, you realize, and the reply is over 50, proper? And so you may have a look at, you undergo a thought experiment. And what we did is we checked out a world portfolio of worldwide shares, world actual property, and bonds, and then you definately combine that in with some money. And you’ll’t say show in our world, however you show, traditionally talking, that’s really a safer, secure cash portfolio than simply sitting in T-bills and bonds, which is what everybody does, and each company on the planet does.


So anyway, that’s positively in my non-consensus views as effectively. And I don’t know actually many individuals that imagine that moreover me, however enjoyable thought experiment to undergo. Additionally why there’s so many yachts in Argentina, for those who go down there, and varied locations in Latin America, for those who look again in your profession, what has been your most memorable funding, it could possibly be good or dangerous. And you can too say, your most memorable name or place that you simply’ve had, through the years, there’s going to be hundreds of them, I’m positive however something come to thoughts?


Louis-Vincent: I don’t assume hundreds I believe a profession is manufactured from three or 4 calls, to be trustworthy. And for those who get three or 4 proper, you’ve had a reasonably good profession, for me, when it comes to studying curve, each but in addition, frankly, money-making alternative after the 2008 mortgage disaster. As a agency, we appeared on the monetary scenario of most European international locations, and we thought, the Euro is just not going to be sustainable. All these European international locations have needed to subject large quantities of debt to backstop their banks. And the market can’t carry that a lot debt. So that they’re going to hit the wall. So I teamed up with an excellent pal of mine known as Mark Hart, and we arrange a fund known as the European Divergence Fund. And we did two issues. We purchased a bunch of CDS, credit score default swaps on Greece, Portugal, and so forth, on the premise that credit score spreads would widen.


And we purchased a bunch of places on the euro. And the premise mentioned that the euro would tank. What was baffling was, we made a bunch of cash on the credit score default swaps, and we misplaced a bunch of cash on the Euro places as a result of few individuals keep in mind this, however mainly between 2009 and 2011, the Euro went from 120 to 150. And it was very seen that Europe was hitting the wall, you realize, Greece was going bankrupt, Italy was in dire straits. And as all this was taking place, the Euro stored rising. I used to be like, What the hell is happening? Why am I getting my face ripped off over right here being brief, the euro, the enjoyable in it, I’m making effective as a result of we made numerous cash on the credit score default swaps. However we additionally misplaced a bunch on the euro. And I used to be speaking about it with my dad who ran a macro agency within the ’80s and ’90s. And he informed me, it’s best to have tried being brief Japan within the ’90s. As a result of by 1990, it was apparent that Japan had hit the wall. So he went brief, the Nikkei, and he went brief, the yen and the brief Nikkei labored effective. And the yen went from 150 to 85 in 1994. So which means it’s going up. So the yen rose massively.


So ultimately, you undergo these episodes and also you assume okay, really, when international locations hit monetary stress, you’d assume the foreign money would go down, however you may have a interval the place the foreign money really shoots up as pension funds repatriate capital as banks repatriate capital as insurance coverage firms repatriate capital, as all people brings a refund from overseas to plug the holes, and there’s no person on the opposite aspect, then the foreign money can simply go up in a vacuum. That’s what we noticed in Europe in 2010, 2011. That’s what we noticed in Japan in 91, 92, 93. I spotlight this as a result of all people seems to be on the U.S. greenback as an indication of energy in the present day. However might or not it’s a consequence of the bear market? The U.S. has simply had you lose 20% on equities us 20% on bonds. Should you’re a U.S. pension fund for those who’re a U.S. insurance coverage firm, are you bringing a refund to kind of plug the home holes and as you do. You get these parabolic strikes within the foreign money. I have a look at the U.S. greenback and I ponder is that this an indication of energy or an indication of weak spot with issues on the opposite aspect.


So for me, that was one which European divergence commerce was an enormous factor in my profession. The second huge factor in my profession was China, determined to mainly open a bond market in 2011. I noticed this as an enormous alternative for our agency, I believed, how usually am I going to be in the identical beginning blocks as Schroeder’s as PIMCO as Constancy, they’ve as a lot of a observe report on Chinese language printing as I do, which is none as a result of the market didn’t exist. So we constructed a reasonably good Chinese language fixed-income franchise. And we did so partly on the premise that if China was going to do that, they wished to do it effectively. And our wager was that Chinese language bonds would outperform most bond markets over any interval. And for those who have a look at the previous 10 years, 5 years, three years, Chinese language authorities bonds have outperformed U.S. Treasuries, JGBs. Since you had large authorities help to that markets. And so one of many issues I realized is, particularly with regards to bonds, particularly with regards to currencies, you don’t need to underestimate the energy of presidency. Via the previous 10 years, all people was telling you, the renminbi goes to break down can’t put money into China can’t put money into Chinese language bonds, and it was the best-performing market.


Meb: Nicely mentioned, Louis, the place do individuals discover you? They need to learn a few of your work. Hear some extra of your soothing voice, what’s the most effective place to go?


Louis-Vincent: Thanks very a lot. Nicely, the most effective place to go is our web site. We have now a web site. It’s gavekal.com, gavekal.com. And from there, we do various things. We have now a non-public wealth arm, now we have an institutional cash administration arm, now we have a analysis arm, so wherever individuals need to go, they’ll direct themselves from there, however that’s in all probability the most effective place. We do have a Gavekal Twitter feed, however you may kind of hold updated with some stuff there. I don’t actually submit on Twitter or something. I don’t have a lot of a social media presence. So the most effective factor is the web site.


Meb: Or you may comply with his Twitter account for some good charts and get your arms on as a result of they’re nice. Louis, thanks a lot for becoming a member of us in the present day.


Louis-Vincent: Completely. My pleasure. Thanks for having me.


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