Schroders Market Update
Every quarter, one of our asset managers from Schroders will provide an update into how the financial market is performing. Johanna Kyrklund - Group Chief Investment Officer and Global Head of Multi-Asset Investments, offers her insights on the different economic factors that influence the market conditions in the video below.
Johanna Kyrklund - Group Chief Investment Officer and Global Head of Multi-Asset Investments
Johanna Kyrklund is Group Chief Investment Officer and Global Head of Multi-Asset Investments at Schroders and joined in 2007. Responsible for investments on behalf of Multi-Asset clients globally and is the head portfolio manager of the Schroder Diversified Growth Strategy. Johanna leads the Multi-Asset Investments division, is a member of the Group Management Committee (GMC) and Chairs the Global Asset Allocation Committee.
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In my last update I outlined how we expected a U-shaped recovery from the lockdowns and certain events in recent weeks have supported that view. We have seen a continuation in the rise in infections in the United States, which really reminds us of the importance of social distancing and highlights the likelihood that economic activity is likely to be supressed for the foreseeable future while we work to contain the virus.
At the same time however we have seen substantial Fiscal monetary stimulus, and this has helped Equity Markets to rally. We continue to focus on the beneficiaries of central bank liquidity. From a regional standpoint we have turned more positive on Europe and this is because the containment of the virus has been more effective in Europe and this allows lockdowns to ease a little bit over the summer and provides a bit of cyclical respite in the region.
Valuations are quite cheap and also the authorities in Europe have made it clear that they are supportive of peripheral bond spreads, which is helpful to sentiment in Europe overall. Within Equities, although some of the cyclical areas look very cheap, we remain focussed on higher quality exposures and in particular like the technology sector because it’s a clear beneficiary of the COVID-19 environment.
So all in all we are benefitting from the liquidity provided by the central banks but we still have an eye on the cyclical outlook because we are concerned that growth is likely to be weaker rather than stronger, so this is not a time to take excessive risk.
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