June 2022 | High inflation, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, slowing economic momentum and the COVID-19 lockdowns in China are causing volatility in the markets. This is happening at a time when forward earnings multiples have contracted from the levels seen last year, amid higher inflation and rates expectations. Increasing stagflationary risks and still-present geopolitical tensions suggest investors should maintain or even increase hedges.
01 | Amundi Institute Insights:Budget deficit reductions will be accompanied by diminished household savings and greater pressure on corporate profits. On the monetary side, we're witnessing the end of ultra-cheap money.
02 | Fixed Income: The repricing of a more aggressive Fed stance has been brutal, and rates are now at a level that could call for a recalibration of asset allocations.
03 | Equity: Overall, the focus on valuations remain key, as the expensive areas of the market will remain under pressure. Our overall approach remains that of selection, with a focus on earnings sustainability beyond the near term.
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