Executive summary

Please note the views in this document should not be seen as investment advice. If you are unsure about the suitability of an investment, you should speak to an authorised financial adviser.

Asset classes Current view 3 Month Change  
Equities     The main drivers of the equity bull market are now played out. A sideways market is possible but capital preservation should be the focus.
Bonds     Federal Reserve policy has reached a watershed and tightening is now the order of the day. Invest in bonds for diversification not capital growth.
Property     Real estate continues to offer investors a reliable income in a low interest rate world. Avoid the frothier areas, though, where yields look too low.
Commodities     Oil looks to be in a sideways range as OPEC cuts offset Shale production. Gold is a useful hedge against geo-political uncertainty.
Cash     Cash looks even more useful than it did three months ago. A store of value and a source of firepower if and when a market correction arrives.
Equity Regions Current view 3 Month Change  
US     Wall Street remains the world’s most expensive market, with a worryingly narrow leadership in technology. Better value elsewhere.
UK     The political outlook is unhelpful and many UK investors have too much exposure to their home market. Income remains the main attraction.
Europe     Decent economic outlook, reasonable valuations, some great companies and a helpful central bank. Still one of the best places to invest.
Asia Pacific ex-Japan     The Asian growth story remains intact. China is back on international investors’ radar. India is pricy but it deserves its premium rating.
Japan     Good growth, rising earnings, deflation seemingly beaten. Japan is in better shape than for a long time. The only cloud is North Korea.


Current View:
  Positive,   Neutral,   Negative

3 Month Change (since the previous Investment Outlook)
  Upgrade,   Unchanged,   Negative

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