Market weekly – Do you have the equity protection you need? (podcast)
Equity bull markets run out of steam eventually, plunging investors into periods of volatility. The end of the rally that ran from 2009 to 2019 is no exception. Institutional investors are now negotiating choppy waters with instable markets, a health crisis and a global recession. They face the challenge of investing in equities to achieve their return objectives while respecting risk constraints and managing downside risk from the bouts of volatility that regularly affect markets.
In this week’s podcast, Daniel Morris, senior market strategist, discusses with Julien Halfon, head of pension and corporate solutions, the role risk overlays can play in providing downside protection in equity portfolios and BNP Paribas Asset Management’s innovative approach.
This podcast is part of a series articulating our investment views and strategies during the COVID-19 crisis.
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The value of investments and the income they generate may go down as well as up and it is possible that investors will not recover their initial outlay. Past performance is no guarantee for future returns.
Investing in emerging markets, or specialised or restricted sectors is likely to be subject to a higher-than-average volatility due to a high degree of concentration, greater uncertainty because less information is available, there is less liquidity or due to greater sensitivity to changes in market conditions (social, political and economic conditions).
Some emerging markets offer less security than the majority of international developed markets. For this reason, services for portfolio transactions, liquidation and conservation on behalf of funds invested in emerging markets may carry greater risk.
Even if we expect emerging market equities to outperform their developed market peers, country and sector differences, as always, will be significant.
Strategy: now overweight local currency emerging market debt
Strategy: Worries include high political risks and possible protectionism
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