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Fund managers more optimistic, regain risk appetite

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Fund managers have apparently regained some of their risk appetite; they have raised their exposure to equities, real estate and alternative investments and cut their cash holdings as they expect higher growth, inflation, and a US rate hike this quarter.

This is according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s latest monthly fund manager survey, in which 201 panelists with a total of $576bn of AuM participated from 6 to 12 November 2015.

Other key findings of the survey are:

  • Four-fifths of panelists now expect the U.S. Federal Reserve to raise rates during the current quarter.
  • Confidence in the global economy rebounds, with net expectations of it strengthening in the next 12 months up 22 percentage points from October.
  • Concerns over a slowdown in China abate: local fund managers turn neutral on the country’s growth outlook – their most positive reading in more than a year.
  • Eurozone and Japan strengthen as the most favored equity markets globally, reflecting deeper consensus on the U.S. dollar. A net 67% now expect the currency to appreciate in the next year.
  • Real estate and alternative investment overweights rise to their second-highest readings in the survey’s history. In contrast, aggressive underweights on commodities and global emerg......................

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