As we enter this 2020 leap year, few things are certain, except continued uncertainty itself. Although the world economy will continue to grow, investors will need to navigate the headwinds of volatility in markets, geopolitics and asset valuations. Counterpoint challenges the conventional wisdom for navigating the current environment, which we believe merits your attention.
Group CIO Bill Street shares his views on markets in the year aheadWatch the video (54 Seconds)
Many believe that the traditional valuation metrics are overstretched and 2020 will be the year for significant corrections. We believe equities can continue to deliver positive returns in the year ahead. Gains are likely to be limited compared with 2019 due to heightened volatility and geopolitical uncertainty, but nevertheless will form part of many portfolios in 2020.
There is no escaping the fact that navigating fixed-income markets will remain challenging. Better returns are offered by corporate and emerging market debt.
The current investment environment is challenging but you can support diversification and potential returns by allocating to alternative asset classes. Successfully selecting the best alternatives requires a disciplined investment approach and rigorous research.
It is worth considering borrowing in your wealth planning strategy, especially when interest rates are so low. Please consult your adviser to discuss the options available to suit your needs.
FX can play an important role in driving performance but exposure to currencies can create high levels of volatility. Currency views based solely on long-term valuation metrics can take years to be rewarded. Our view is based on incorporating a blend of longer-term considerations and short-term drivers of foreign exchange markets.
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