Fri, Aug 28, 2015
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Alternative Market Briefing

BofA Merrill Lynch survey finds sharp rise in investor confidence

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A global survey of fund managers from BofA Merrill Lynch has found that 15% of the 173 panellists surveyed believe that the world economy will get stronger in the coming 12 months, reflecting a sharp rise in investor sentiment from the lows of July. The figure represents a monthly swing of 28 percentage points, the largest leap in confidence since April to May 2009, when the world emerged from the credit crunch. In July, a net 13% said the economy would weaken. BofA Merrill Lynch’s Growth Expectations Composite has risen to 49 from 37 in July.

Beyond that, BofA Merrill Lynch has found that fears about the outlook for corporate profits have reduced since July. A net 21% of the panel expects profits to deteriorate in the coming year, down from a net 38% a month ago.

The bank believes that the fresh optimism comes amid growing expectations of intervention by the European Central Bank (ECB). "The proportion of the panel ruling out more quantitative easing by the ECB has halved to 9%, while 38% expect the ECB to act during the third quarter (up from 29% in July). China’s economy is also providing optimism with a net 14% of the regional panel saying China’s economy will improve – the most positive reading since November 2010.

"August’s surge in confidence seems to be more a triumph of policy projection and potential than positive economic data. As indicated by the survey, the risk is now that inaction by policy makers would lead to a ......................

To view our full article Click here

Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing


  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. Commodities - Commodity hedge funds lose most in three years as rout deepens, Funds bet on Shell deal as oil prices plunge[more]

    Commodity hedge funds lose most in three years as rout deepens From Bloomberg.com: Hedge funds betting on commodities lost the most in almost three years in July as the price-rout deepened. Funds lost money for a third month, according to the Newedge Commodity Trading Index, which was re

  2. Investing - Hedge funds suddenly find real money is back in Argentina's debt, Elon Musk buys more SolarCity stock following hedge fund manager short, BlackRock plans to get into rental-home financing[more]

    Hedge funds suddenly find real money is back in Argentina's debt From Bloomberg.com: The real money is back in Argentina. Before the country’s default in July 2014 (its second in 13 years), most long-term investors abandoned its bond market. As they rushed out, Argentina became a favorit

  3. JTC acquires Kleinwort Benson’s fund administration business[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: JTC has completed the acquisition of Kleinwort Benson’s fund administration business, boosting assets under administration (AuA) to $56 billion. Kleinwort Benson is based in the Channel Islands, South Africa. The transaction, which relates to the whole of K

  4. Performance - Hedge funds set to bank millions by short selling during London share slump, The China market chaos has made this hedge fund its most money in 2 years, Odey hedge fund said to surge 9% betting against China, Hedge funds with long-held bearish views on China rack up profits, Hedge funds in U.S. seen curbing damage from August turbulence, Hedge funds collect on their predictions of a fall, How did managed futures do while the Dow was down 1000[more]

    Hedge funds set to bank millions by short selling during London share slump From TheGuardian.com: Hedge funds are set to bank tens of millions of pounds from the slump in share prices in London, having bet almost £18bn that the FTSE 100 would fall. The funds making the bets include Lansd

  5. Opalesque Exclusive: John C Head IV leaves alternative investment firm Gallery Capital, David Harrison joins as co-CIO[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: John C Head IV, former president and co-founder of Gallery Capital Management, an alternative inv

 

banner