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February 15, 2022 | The Sherman Show

S12 E2: Citi’s Alexander Altmann on Fed Policy Hazards, Inflation and Equity Allocation

Alexander Altmann, Managing Director - Americas Head of Equity Trading Strategy, at Citi, joins The Sherman Show to discuss among other subjects his sanguine take on Federal Reserve plans to raise rates but his cautionary view on the risks surrounding Fed balance sheet shrinkage (4:52); the Fed’s policy dilemma in addressing inflation without tanking “America’s ATM,” the S&P 500 (13:50); the advantage of debt leverage to corporations in an inflationary regime (21:16); and valuation multiples rather than earnings as the larger risk to U.S. stocks, particularly growth stocks (26:41). The podcast hosted by Jeffrey Sherman and Samuel Lau was recorded on Feb. 15, 2022.

In terms of equity allocation, Mr. Altmann notes that while the protracted outperformance of U.S. stocks relative to European stocks might have conditioned some to believe in open-ended American exceptionalism, leadership historically has alternated between those two markets, with the last period of “non-U.S. exceptionalism” occurring in 2000-2008 (34:19). Pointing to Citi research showing that U.S. equities represent close to 60% of the MSCI World index but 48-49% of corporate profits, he offers the hypothesis that some of the capitalization of the U.S. stock market might become redistributed to other parts of the world. Within U.S. stocks, Mr. Altmann believes sector selection will play an increasingly important role in investment performance and makes his case for producers of commodities.

About the Hosts

About the Hosts

  • Jeffrey Sherman, CFA

    Jeffrey Sherman, CFA

    As DoubleLine’s Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Jeffrey Sherman oversees and administers DoubleLine’s Investment Management sub-committee coordinating and implementing policies and processes across the investment teams. He also serves as lead portfolio manager for multi-sector and derivative-based strategies. Mr. Sherman is a member of DoubleLine’s Executive Management and Fixed Income Asset Allocation Committees. He can be heard regularly on his podcast “The Sherman Show” (Twitter @ShermanShowPod, ShermanShow@Doubleline.com) where he interviews distinguished guests, giving listeners insight into DoubleLine’s current views. In 2018, Money Management Executive named Jeffrey Sherman as one of “10 Fund Managers to Watch” in its yearly special report. Prior to joining DoubleLine in 2009, Mr. Sherman was a Senior Vice President at TCW where he worked as a portfolio manager and quantitative analyst focused on fixed income and real-asset portfolios. He was a statistics and mathematics instructor at both the University of the Pacific and Florida State University. Mr. Sherman taught Quantitative Methods for Level I candidates in the CFA LA/USC Review Program for many years. He holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of the Pacific and an M.S. in Financial Engineering from the Claremont Graduate University. Mr. Sherman is a CFA® charterholder.

  • Samuel Lau

    Macro-Asset Allocation

    Samuel Lau

    Macro-Asset Allocation

    Mr. Lau joined DoubleLine in 2009. He is a Strategist on the Fixed Income Asset Allocation (FIAA) Committee and a contributing member on the Global Asset Allocation and Macro committees. Mr. Lau is a Portfolio Manager on DoubleLine’s strategic commodity strategy while working in portfolio management and trading for derivatives-based and multi-asset strategies, including DoubleLine's Shiller Enhanced CAPE®, Shiller Enhanced International CAPE®, Real Estate and Income, and Multi-Asset Trend strategies. He also co-hosts the Sherman Show (Twitter @ShermanShowPod, ShermanShow@Doubleline.com) and Monday Morning Minutes (Twitter @DLineMinutes, Minutes@Doubleline.com) podcasts. Prior to DoubleLine, Mr. Lau was a Vice President at TCW where he worked under Jeffrey Gundlach as a Research Analyst in the Mortgage Group. He holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.