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Four Pillars of GDP: Driven by private consumption
Overall, the Taiwanese economy has been growing fairly slowly. Exports and investment are dragging on growth in private consumption. One positive detail is that GDP improved to slightly positive from negative GDP growth during the second quarter of 2016.
High yield, high risk
Taiwan’s expected 2017 price-to-book valuation is slightly above Asia ex-Japan, in line with a higher return-on-equity. Its forward-looking dividend yield is the highest in Asia.
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A. Stotz Four Elements: Taiwan’s rank relative to Asia
Overall, Taiwan is a moderately attractive market in Asia considering all our four elements: Fundamentals, Valuation, Momentum, and Risk.
Fundamentals: The country offers a moderate return-on-equity above the Asia ex-Japan average.
Valuation: The overall average price is attractive due to a relatively low price-to-book ratio and the highest dividend yield in Asia.
Momentum: Taiwan’s momentum is moderate due to good price momentum.
Risk: Taiwan’s high beta and high volatility market make it distinctive compared with other more moribund markets in the neighborhood.
Strong performance in Materials and Energy
Top 3 largest sectors: Information Technology: 46% of the market. Financials: 13%. Materials: 11%.
Best sector & stock: Energy: +15.1% & Formosa Petrochemical: +15.2%
Worst sector & stock: Health Care: -7.9% & OBI Pharma: -35.0%
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