In Focus

In Focus: markets as we see them


Last updated: 24 March 2017

Inside this week:

  • Lift-off: This week, we’ll look at history to glean a better understanding of how different asset classes have  historically reacted in a rising rate environment
  • Equities: Most of the time, rising growth expectations have tended to dominate the negative effect of higher discount rates during rate hike cycles
  • REITs: The rising property demand that tends to accompany a stronger economy may better explain REIT returns rather than interest rate cycle 
  • Bonds: Simply knowing that we are in a rate hike cycle doesn't mean that we can outperform our benchmark – we need to correctly forecast the reaction of long-term yields to rate increases as well
  • Investment conclusion: A relatively shallow and unhurried rate rising cycle and a very gradual unwinding of the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet, should be on the cards

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