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What a difference a few weeks can make in the equity market! The sharp, swift sell-off through the first month of this year is raising some difficult questions for investors, chiefly: Are we just witnessing a long-overdue short-term correction in the more speculative areas of the market, or perhaps something more fundamental (and enduring) that could portend a broader unwinding of equity risk?
My take: I suspect the market is in fact in the midst of recalibrating to a new environment where liquidity is going to be tighter, real interest rates higher, and corporate profits a bigger driver of share prices. As my colleague Trevor Noren suggests in his latest blog post, Value versus growth: Expect volatility more than a smooth transition of leadership, this potential “regime change” is likely to show up in sporadic and sometimes violent reversals of the multi-year outperformance of momentum and growth equity factors.
In that vein, I expect the nascent rotation from growth stocks to their value-oriented counterparts (Figure 1) to continue and think now may be an opportune time for investors to consider upgrading their equity portfolios to higher-quality companies that have taken significant market hits but are growing their revenues and profits.
Expect higher market volatility: After a period of plentiful fiscal and monetary liquidity due to the pandemic, the specter of less liquidity going forward may continue to weigh on markets, especially stocks of companies that have relied on liquidity rather than earnings for multiple expansion.
Think about upgrading your equity portfolio: With this month’s market sell-off, many investors are finding opportunities in higher-quality companies with growing revenues and profits at potentially attractive entry points.
Diversify your equity exposure: Investor portfolios appear to be still biased toward growth equities, as the market share in large-cap growth mutual funds is currently around twice that of value funds (according to Morningstar). Asset allocators should consider shifting some of their growth exposure to value, where (as noted) I expect continued outperformance.
Respect the possibility of regime change: No one can know if “this time is different,” but given today’s backdrop of higher, “stickier” inflation, policy tightening, and geopolitical risks, I believe it is prudent to be prepared for that possibility and to favor real assets, value-oriented equities, commodities, floating-rate credit, and TIPS over US Treasuries.
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We explore how growing dispersion in European equity markets is driving opportunities for long/short investors, fueled by structurally higher inflation, changing market leadership, and a renewed focus on valuation.
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With several macro crosscurrents at play, Portfolio Manager Peter Wilke suggests that income-oriented investors not lose sight of the “big picture” in their quest for yield.
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Head of Multi-Asset Strategy – Insurance and Portfolio Manager Tim Antonelli updates insurers on the status of the market today, shares what he believes they can expect for the rest of the year, and identifies areas that may be worth a closer look.
A test for the global economy
What are the similarities and differences between the US regional banking crisis and 2008's global financial crisis? How likely is a recession? Should investors be focusing on value or growth? In this podcast, Macro Strategist Nanette Abuhoff Jacobson shares her interpretation of where the economy is headed, outlining where the risks and opportunities may lie for investors in the next 12 months.
SVB collapse: What are the implications?
Multi-Asset Strategist Supriya Menon shares her latest perspectives on the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank Financial Group (SVB) and the unfolding implications for investors. (Published 14 March 2023)
The denominator effect: Thoughts on the rise in private equity allocations
The sharp drop in public markets has left many asset owners with above-target exposure to private assets, raising a number of governance questions. Multi-Asset Strategist Adam Berger considers the likely responses and their potential pros and cons.
Pivot points: Five portfolio positioning ideas for the new market regime
Multi-Asset Strategist Adam Berger looks at five ways in which the world may be very different in the coming decade and how they could influence the next wave of investment winners.
The allocator’s landscape: Three areas of attention for 2023
Natasha Brook-Walters, Co-Head of Investment Strategy, discusses downside mitigation given the shifting equity/bond correlation, the impact of cyclical and macro volatility, and opportunities to position for long-term change.