Current views - January 2018
Our Investment team provide their current views on asset classes based on the status of markets.
Concerns over continuing economic strength in light of Brexit and that the previous tailwind from weaker sterling may be behind us leads to a more cautious stance.
Strong cyclical upturn in economic growth is supportive but investors already positioned for this.
Potential for a strong increase in growth and earnings is offset by higher valuations.
Stronger growth and inflation after many years of disappointment is driving a recovery in corporate earning level.
The increase in global trade is helpful to Asia Pacific although they performed strongly in 2017.
Continued global growth should be supportive to Emerging Markets that are cheap relative to developed markets.
We remain negative on GBP and euro bonds but US Treasuries are becoming relatively more attractive given the normalisation of yields that is taking place.
Credit spreads provide a small pick-up but are at a historically narrow level.
High yield credit spreads are at a historically tight level so we are wary of excessive exposure.
Inflation-linked government bonds remain attractive and provide a hedge against unexpected higher inflation.
Selectively, local emerging market bonds offer good interest rate and currency exposure.
Increased volatility and dispersion should provide opportunities.
Absolute: fixed income
Lower liquidity and flatter rate profiles reduce the attractiveness of many strategies.
Increased volatility across many asset classes should counter lower rate cycles.
Commercial property (UK)
Post-Brexit concerns have resulted in the marking down of property valuations, but income characteristics remain attractive.
Gold is attractive as a diversifier, portfolio insurance and as an inflation hedge.
Ongoing excess supply is likely to weigh on prices for some time.
Oil continues to be volatile as politics and supply concerns dominate the market.
Cash has defensive and opportunistic qualities in uncertain and volatile markets.
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