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.
This information is marketing communication. The views and opinions contained herein are of Johanna Kyrklund, Group Chief Investment Officer and Global Head of Multi-Asset Investments, and may not necessarily represent views expressed, or reflected in other Schroders communications, strategies or funds.
“Over the summer equities continued to perform well, as infection rates stabilised and stimulus remained in place. The performance was led by technology with names like Amazon and Apple continuing to lead the recovery, while more cyclical names struggled. As we head into the autumn the probability of a second wave of the virus remains elevated, but there is evidence to suggest that mortality rates are likely to be lower as hospitals are now better prepared compared to March. In a similar vein, national lockdowns are also less likely as better tracing allows for more localised lockdowns. Against this backdrop growth will be dampened and policy remains stimulative. But relative to the depths of March, we are likely to see some improvement in economic data, consistent with our expectations of a U-shaped recovery. In the short-term the US election is likely to cause volatility. Right now the polls point to win for Biden and a divided congress. This outcome would have a muted impact on markets as a President’s ability to significantly change policy direction would be limited. A democratic sweep could have more profound consequences as tech stocks are currently priced to perfection and a strong democratic victory might raise concerns that the sector could be more regulated. There is also risk of a contested election, as Trump has already cast doubt over postal votes. All in all we remain positive on equities, because we do see this recovery as we head into 2021 and because rates remain so low, providing support to valuations.”
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