For the past two decades, returns from equities and bonds have been negatively correlated; when one goes up, the other goes down. This has been to the benefit of multi-asset investors, who have been able to reduce portfolio risks and limit losses in times of market distress.
However, the current macroeconomic and policy backdrop raises some questions about whether this regime can continue.
1 Correlation is a statistical measure of how two investments move in relation to each other. A correlation of 1.0 indicates the investments have historically moved in the same direction; a correlation of -1.0 means the investments have historically moved in opposite directions; and a correlation of 0 indicates no historical relationship in the movement of the investments.
Important Risks: Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. • Security prices fluctuate in value depending on general market and economic conditions and the prospects of individual companies. • Fixed income security risks include credit, liquidity, call, duration, event and interest-rate risk. As interest rates rise, bond prices generally fall. economic developments
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