Our expectation for weakening economic and earnings growth prospects underscores our current unchanged positioning. We still hold more US, Eurozone, and UK government bonds relative to our long-term allocation and are less exposed to riskier bonds.
We also hold fewer equities relative to our long-term asset allocation. The majority of those we hold are large, high-quality companies. This includes so-called low volatility companies across the US and Europe, which have fallen less than the broader market in recent weeks.
We’re keeping a close eye on market developments, particularly potential opportunities from certain equity markets that have fallen by around 10% since their peak in late July 2023.
Data as of 01/11/2023. The Yield and P/E figures for stock markets respectively use 12m forward dividends and earnings divided by the index’s last price. For bond markets, the yield to maturity is used.
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