Asset Allocation Outlook April
And all of a sudden, fears of rising interest rates just seemed to evaporate. While US 10-year government bond yields had already climbed to 1.7%, the S&P500 and EUROSTOXX 600 indices once again noted new record highs. This was against a background of rising new coronavirus cases, but also an acceleration in vaccination programmes and potential further fiscal stimulation in the US. Europe is now lagging behind in economic terms, but growth will pick up later this year. We continue to be positive about equities, primarily European equities. For bonds we view higher yields as a risk and are only positive about European high yield credits and emerging market debt listed in US dollars.