Outlook at a glance

Asset classes Current view 3 Month Change  
Shares     The V-shaped recovery has run its course but there are still good reasons to remain positive about the outlook for stock markets.
Bonds     The reflationary bond sell-off paused in the second quarter, but yields are set to rise over time and corporate bond spreads are too tight.
Property     In a yield hungry world, real estate continues to have its place in a well-balanced portfolio. A good manager is essential though.
Commodities     The super-cycle took a breather but the case for metals prices to rise sustainably remains intact. Gold is out of favour, perhaps unfairly.
Cash     The 2010 template, when the V-shaped recovery after the financial crisis corrected, makes a good case for holding some cash in reserve.
Equity Regions Current view 3 Month Change  
US     The most expensive market, still. But earnings are pushing ahead, and monetary and fiscal policy remain supportive.
UK     Still lagging its peers, the UK remains an unloved market. As we muddle through Brexit, our home market remains an attractive source of yield.
Europe     There’s a good case for increasing exposure to European shares on growth, valuation and policy support grounds.
Asia Pacific ex-Japan     It’s even harder to generalise about Asia and emerging markets than it usually is. There are plenty of positives but some worries too.
Japan     Japan is having a tough time this year, but the outlook is improving and there’s a mismatch with sentiment and valuations.


Current View:
  Positive,   Neutral,   Negative

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

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