- Global Investment Views - December 2018
Global Investment Views - December 2018
Wednesday 28 November 2018
Research / Market
Strategies for tough markets
This year has proven to be challenging for portfolio construction, as well as regarding returns. To put this into perspective, for 2009-17, our analysis shows that each year, on average, 76%of major asset classes (including different regional government bonds, equity, inflation-linked, currency and commodities) recorded positive performances. In 2018, the story has changed: we are heading towards an unprecedented year in which less than 20%of asset classes have been in positive territory*. Markets have started to price in a slowdown in global growth and tighter liquidity conditions, in a more complex than expected political environment (trade tariffs and populism). Vulnerabilities in the more stretched areas of the market (growth stocks in equities and credit markets) and idiosyncratic stories (Argentina, Turkey, Italy) are the main consequences of this new narrative.
Why investors should care about French “yellow vests” protest
The Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) are a largely spontaneous protest movement that emerged in France, in October. With no declared political affiliation, they called for lower taxes and a higher level of social transfers and public services.
Award for the "Robust Asset Allocation for Robo-Advisors" paper
This Working Paper from the Amundi Research Team has been rewarded by the Savvy Investor Awards 2018 on the 2nd of November.
Rocky Road for the European Union: Pension Plans' Response
Once again, Amundi and Create-Research have partnered in the Annual European Pensions Survey to provide invaluable insight on what pension plans are thinking and how they are faring in today’s complex market environment.