Options markets hint at fertile environment for asset allocation
Forward-looking signals indicate a favorable environment for equities and bonds as financial markets adjust to a higher-rate regime that rewards diversification, argues Global Head of Asset Allocation Ashwin Alankar in his 2024 outlook.
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- Options markets can offer powerful insights into the future, and they are signaling a potential Goldilocks scenario as higher interest rates continue to quell inflation.
- With downside risk diminishing, we believe options markets are signaling attractiveness in equities, a possible ceiling on rates, and the opportunity to extend out along the credit curve.
- The higher interest rates that should accompany the new inflation regime will likely give central banks less latitude to counteract economic downturns, meaning that, in our view, cross-asset diversification will take on greater importance.
10-Year Treasury Yield is the interest rate on U.S. Treasury bonds that will mature 10 years from the date of purchase.
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