Updated: May 18
It’s a tricky question, because safe haven assets such as developed market government bonds are expensive, so owning them relies on them becoming even more expensive. Proper diversification we think is about spreading investment across cheap asset classes, namely certain equity markets, high yield and emerging market bonds, and so-called specialist assets that behave like neither equities nor bonds such as non-core REITs and renewable energy funds. In all these areas you can find sustainable cash flows and decent yields which to us means decent value.
Buying things cheaply won’t necessarily dampen volatility in the short term but what it will do is limit permanent loss of real capital in the longer term. It all depends how you define risk.
Published in Investment Week
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