F&C has reaffirmed its commitment to equities but is hesitant on taking an overweight position in UK stocks.
In its May Asset Allocation Game Plan, the firm says it is currently overweight in equities from the US, Continental Europe, emerging markets and Japan, while remaining neutral in the UK.
F&C is cautious on Asia Pacific (ex Japan) equities however, presently underweight in the burgeoning region.
Aside from equities, the firm is bullish on the convertible bond market following significantly improved credit spreads.
While F&C believes the risk and reward balance in credit markets is improving, it remains underweight fixed income.
The firm’s strategy is based around its belief the US economy has entered a “technical recession”.
“The Federal Reserve made a further 0.25% cut to US interest rates on 30 April noting that US economic activity remains weak,” F&C says.
“The credit crisis is leading to a severe deterioration in the financial and economic outlook. The longer the crisis continues the more pronounced will be its economic impact.
“Although risks to financial markets have risen, we take comfort from the aggressive and proactive measures taken by central banks to stabilise the financial system.
“Valuations also look attractive and the risk of another major bank collapsing has reduced.”IFAonline
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