Bail on Bonds: The Great Rotation into Equities
Until recently, the acute search for yield had driven more and more money into fixed income. However, expectations around fiscal stimulus owing to the U.S. election drove up growth and inflation expectations which seem to have resulted in a Great Rotation from bonds to equities.

  • U.S. interest rates reached record lows mid-year and investors’ search for yield was so strong that bond flows outpaced equity flows each week on a trailing 4-week basis.

  • However, the week after the presidential election, over $16 billion flowed into equities and nearly $9 billion flowed out of bonds.

  • Equities may outperform bonds going forward for several reasons: interest rates are expected to climb, equities are reasonably valued, and solid earnings growth has resumed.

  • Has the multi-decade bull market in bonds come to an end?

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