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Equities     The Goldilocks conditions in 2017 - not too hot, not too cold - have been replaced by volatility. But the bull market is still intact.
Bonds     Yields are rising but at current levels there is plenty of buying interest. Corporate debt looks much less interesting than government bonds.
Property     Prime property looks to have entered bubble territory. If you are locked into a good income stay put, but this is not the time to enter the market.
Commodities     Commodities tend to do well at the back end of the economic cycle. Oil looks like it could be pushed higher by a lack of supply in due course.
Cash     In a more volatile environment, it will always make sense to have a little bit of cash in reserve to take advantage of temporary sell-offs.
Equity Regions Current view 3 Month Change  
US     The US economy is in good shape, helped by the Trump tax reforms. Valuations remain unattractive and technology looks vulnerable.
UK     It is hard to generalise about the UK market because it is undergoing a rotation from growth to value. Good stock-picking opportunities.
Europe     The region is no longer the bargain it was at the beginning of last year but fundamentals are good and policy remains accommodative.
Asia Pacific ex-Japan     China remains key to the region. An extended period of stability under President Xi could help to drive through necessary reforms.
Japan     Japan’s economy is in much better shape as deflation is beaten. Valuations are good and Tokyo now ranks as our favoured equity market.

Key

Current View:
  Positive,   Neutral,   Negative

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

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