Global Investment Views - August 2019

Friday 26 July 2019

Research / Market

Testing new records

Financial markets have been enjoying a record-breaking run of late. The tide that lifted all boats was the new wave of ultra accommodative monetary policy, at this stage announced but not yet delivered. The conviction that central banks (CBs) will step in again to avoid an excessive deterioration of the economic outlook, in the absence of any material sign of inflation, was the main driver of the recent rally. The overall narrative in the market is that the glass is half full. The economic cycle will be extended by CBs, interest rates will remain lower for longer and risk assets will remain well supported: credit and EM by the hunt for yield, and equities by the repositioning of investors that are late joining the party. This is all taking place against a backdrop where overall, valuations are less compelling than they were at the beginning of the year, although are not too stretched. All good then?

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