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Low bond yields and the 60/40 portfolio.

In our latest white paper, the Abbey Capital Markets team assesses the possible implications of low bond yields for the 60/40 portfolio *, why now might be the time to reassess allocation plans and the merits of including managed futures as a possible alternative to government bonds.

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The White Paper Explores:

The performance of the 60/40 portfolio

With an annualised return of just under 10%* in the last decade and a little more than half the volatility of equities, the 60/40 portfolio has been a simple yet effective asset allocation plan for investors.

Why it may be time to reassess allocation plans

Lower government bond yields, interest rate cuts and signs of change in the macroeconomic environment mean now might be the time to reassess the 60/40 portfolio and consider other assets and strategies.

The case for managed futures as an alternative strategy

Historically low to negative correlation with equities, a tendency to offer a convex return profile during crisis periods for equities and the potential to benefit from higher inflation all make managed futures a compelling alternative worth considering when constructing more diversified alternatives to the 60/40 portfolio.

*The 60-40 portfolio is a common industry benchmark portfolio representing a portfolio of 60% equities and 40% bonds. In this paper equities are represented by the S&P 500 TR Index while bonds are represented by the JP Morgan US Government Bond Index. Performance figures that combine S&P 500 TR Index and the JP Morgan US Government Bond Index are hypothetical. While based on the actual historical data of each, results are purely the product of simulation and there was no actual trading or actual profits for these scenarios.  Information about the inherent limitations of hypothetical performance results is included below. Actual historical returns of the S&P TR Index and JP Morgan US Government Bond Index can be found at the end of the paper together with a detailed explanation of indices referenced. Past results are not indicative of future results. Trading in futures is not suitable for all investors given its speculative nature and the high level of risk involved.

 

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