US fund managers are optimistic on the country's chances of avoiding a recession in 2008, according to Standard & Poors Fund Services.
S&P researchers recently returned from a fact finding mission across the Atlantic and discovered many managers are taking similar action amid the current market uncertainty.
From May this year, S&P says managers have been shifting weightings to growth focused opportunities, such as energy and IT stocks, which can derive earning from overseas.
S&P fund research associate director Simon Dorricott says many managers are snapping up large caps, but avoiding the hard hit areas.
“The financials sector has been weak over the past year and many managers are underweight,” he says.
“There is just too much uncertainty surrounding financials at the moment and most managers are simply staying out.”
Dorricott says the majority of US managers have taken a conservative approach.
“There has been a lot of soul searching. Nobody was depressed, nobody is predicting a recession, they are just waiting and telling themselves to go back to basics and sit it out,” he says.
Although some offerings and sectors have been hit hard since the summer, S&P says there has been no real change in fund ratings.
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