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Lyxor research reports positive news for alternative assets

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The latest report from Lyxor research finds that there are two key calls for 2013: risky assets will outperform safe havens and hedge funds offer inviting risk-return profiles.

Lyxor claims that the roots of their optimism lies in the realization of three scenarios. "First, we expect a pickup of world activity, starting in the first quarter of 2013, led by US and Asia. Second, we anticipate calming of political risks, following the recent non - US fiscal cliff - event, and the ongoing success of OMT measures in the Euro-zone. Lastly, we believe that Central Banks should maintain ultra-loose monetary policies, as employment troubles take time to heal."

Lyxor argues that it’s time to prefer equities which remain historically cheap relative to safe haven bonds. "Last year already saw the onset of normalization in equity risk premiums. We believe that risk premiums will ease again in 2013, as improving economic conditions prompt investors to become less and less reluctant to buy "risky" equities rather than "safe" government bonds" the firm writes.

"European equities are well positioned. Indeed, debt fears in peripheral countries sent domestic valuation metrics on ugly levels compared to their counterparts. European equities have room to significantly outperform U.S. equities in 2013. Moreover, the recent relaxation of Basel III rules should be a positive trigger for European Bank related......................

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