Which Asset Classes Are Looking Attractive?

Against a global backdrop of sub-par economic growth, we take a look at the current outlook for the main asset classes

Andy Brunner 13 November, 2012 | 6:00AM
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Economic data in October revealed improvements in the US, UK and China but a surprisingly large downturn in Japan. Read more here.

Against this backdrop, investment strategist Andy Brunner outlines Morningstar OBSR's latest asset allocation views below.

The global economy appears to have subsided into a period of sub-par growth with little prospect of a return to above trend even over the medium term. Equity risks remain high and near term worries over the “fiscal cliff” will likely increase volatility. Even so, economic and financial trends are resulting in coordinated policy responses from governments and central banks that should gradually encourage investors to rebuild equity weights in portfolios and, therefore, we retain a slight long term overweight position. Tactically, we remain overweight the EU, UK and Emerging Markets. The suggested strategy for long-term investment in a low growth/low inflation world, where earnings growth will be at a premium, is to buy exposure to growth markets irrespective of sector, focusing on quality companies with healthy balance sheets and strong cash flow. Income will also be sought in a low interest rate world and higher yielding stocks with rising dividends also remain preferred.

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Andy Brunner  is Head of Investment Strategy, Morningstar UK

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