Aside from the general tensions over rising rates and what they mean for the economy, investors need to pay attention to another important consideration. That consideration is that with each basis point of increase, stocks are looking less attractive as the allure of dividends fades. While for years the view has been that “there is no alternative” to investing in equities because of weak bond yields, that perception is now fading as yields rise to a place where they start to offer acceptable returns. “Investors now have a viable alternative to cash with yields finally above inflation levels”, says the chief investment strategist at BlackRock.
FINSUM: It might not a recession, but the simple emergence of a viable alternative might be what ultimately unwinds this bull market.