2024 Mid-year Investment Outlook

Ideas for navigating a new era

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2024 is nearly half over, and from a macroeconomic standpoint, things haven’t unfolded the way many market watchers and policymakers expected. Growth has surprised to the upside. Inflation has remained stubbornly above target. Job growth is stronger than anticipated. And investors are bouncing between interest-rate pessimism and corporate-profit optimism. All of this is set against a complex macro backdrop of heightened geopolitical risk and critical elections in the US and around the world. This Mid-year Investment Outlook collection offers ideas from multiple Wellington investors, strategists, and other professionals on risks and active opportunities amid continued macro regime change.

At Wellington, we do not have one unified “house view” on the global economy and markets. That’s because we know that the best investment ideas are often uncovered when a diverse talent pool is encouraged to bring forward a range of unique, independent, and (at times) divergent perspectives. By debating new ideas and sharing research across asset classes, regions, and investment disciplines, our investors can uncover hidden insights, risks, and opportunities.

As we look to the second half of 2024, Macro Strategist Eoin O’Callaghan is watching G7 governments’ continued excessive deficit spending and the potential for it to fuel higher rates; Macro Strategist Juhi Dhawan is tracking the nuanced story of the all-important US consumer, highlighting the notable divergence between consumers who are thriving and those who are just surviving; Macro Strategist Michael Medeiros is following the starkly different policy agendas of Biden and Trump in terms of how they may affect the supply side of the US economy; and Fixed Income Portfolio Manager Brij Khurana is looking at the root causes of higher inflation and the policy path that is paving the way to the Fed’s target rate.

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Adam Berger and Nick Samouilhan, members of our Investment Strategy & Solutions Group, believe that hedge funds and liquid alternatives can provide investors with the flexibility they need to pursue returns and mitigate risks amid continued shifts in the macro environment. In their mid-year outlook for alternative investments, they offer six ideas that could help active investors thrive amid the divergence, disruption, and dispersion created by ongoing regime change.

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Private Equity Team members Michael Carmen, Will Craig, and Mark Watson are encouraged by the healthier environment for venture capital as they explore trends they believe will propel private equity markets going forward including: a growing emphasis on capital efficiency, AI valuations, signs of recovery in the IPO market, and more. Amid recent headlines about private credit, Emily Bannister, Emeka Onukwugha, and Elizabeth Perenick — members of our Private Credit Team — believe that disintermediation and the convergence of public and private markets are among the key drivers of opportunities in this asset class.

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