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Here’s breaking the news: opportunities in high-quality fixed income assets
Inflation? Well, here’s some breaking news – even if CNN’s come to frown upon them lately: it’s still hitting nosebleed levels, according to gsam.com. What’s more, the wider economic environment, and the labor market, especially, has strutted its mettle.
Yeah; wow. Maybe – just maybe – the network will reconsider its spanking new policy.
In any event, it means the central banks will continue to rachet up rates. The question then becomes that since monetary policy impacts the economy with a lag, will they head north too far and quickly. From GSAM’s perspective, market stabilization will demand signs of inflation topping out, not to mention hawkishness and real yields.
”Higher inflation and higher growth volatility are propelling us into a higher yield environment, marking a departure from the post-financial crisis era,’ said Whitney Watson, global head of Fixed Income Portfolio Management, Construction & Risk at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. “Ultimately, we think this presents opportunities in high-quality fixed income assets, such as investment grade corporate bonds and agency MBS.”
Meantime, it seems bonds will be back in vogue with investors next year, according to schwab.com.
And it’s a real change of pace. Following subpar yields stretching years, and in the aftermath of the extremely hard knocks endured by prices in 2022, a bounce back appears to be in store in the fixed income markets.
Market Volatility Spurring Advisors to Grow Their Books
According to a recent survey, market volatility is prompting advisors to actively grow their practices through digital marketing strategies. Broadridge Financial Solutions’ fourth-annual financial advisor marketing survey revealed that 63% of advisors are actively looking for new clients, while only 43% are seeing an increase in inbound prospect inquiries. Financial advisors from both Independent Broker-Dealers (IBDs) and Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) continue to face challenges stemming from competition, increasing compliance, market volatility, and regulatory pressures. This has forced them to come up with new strategies to grow their book. Broadridge has found that one of the better strategies for advisors to increase their pipelines is by implementing digital marketing. Kevin Darlington, general manager, and head of Broadridge Advisor Solutions stated, “…digital media usage is a bright spot and continues to show upward-trending success, as advisors double down on digital strategies and maximize the use of websites, LinkedIn and Facebook to generate leads." The survey also revealed that the success rate of advisors in converting social media leads into clients has been increasing, climbing from 34% in 2019 to 41% in 2022.
Finsum:The current volatility, along with regulatory pressures, and increased compliance has spurred advisors to grow their books through digital marketing.
There’s always an alternative
Seems there’s plenty of affection for alternatives these days. Yeah; endearing, right? More and more people are holding alternatives closely, maybe, warmly, even, a vivid reflection of an ability to access a deep variety of products like those – not to mention the supporting technology, according to thinkadvisor.com.
Looking volatility squarely in the kisser, advisors are putting the pedal to the metal when it comes to turning to private funds and alternative investments, according to a bi annual survey of 400 financial advisors reported in October by Broadridge Financial Solutions, as reported by prnewswire.com. "Advisors are acutely feeling the need for diversification in their clients' portfolios but remain dissatisfied with the private fund and alternative investment products and resources available to them, largely due to limited availability and restrictive options. Asset managers are not adequately meeting financial advisors' needs, despite an understandable surge in demand against the backdrop of volatile public markets," said Matthew Schiffman, principal of Distribution Insight at Broadridge Financial Solutions.
"We see this as a strong, long-term opportunity for asset managers to showcase their value by providing product options that meet the growing demand for alternative investments among retail investors."
Amid Inflation and Volatility, Financial Confidence is Down
According to a new report by Edelman Financial Engines, inflation, recessionary fears, and geopolitical uncertainty are undermining financial confidence. The report found that just 23% of more than 2,000 adults that were polled earlier this fall felt “very comfortable” about their finances and only 12% consider themselves wealthy. Even high-net-worth investors are concerned about their finances. Only 44% of millionaires feel “very comfortable” about their finances, with only 29% feeling wealthy. Jason Van de Loo, head of wealth planning and marketing at Edelman Financial Engines, had this to say about the results, “Becoming a millionaire was always the pinnacle of financial success. But at a time when inflation and stress levels are up, and markets and portfolios are down, very few Americans actually feel wealthy.” Edelman Financial Engines also found that most adults feel less financially secure than they would have hoped at this stage in their life. The results match similar responses from other surveys. A separate report by Bank of America found that 71% of workers feel their pay isn’t keeping up with the rising cost of living which brings the number of people who feel financially secure to a five-year low.
Finsum:A poll conducted by Edelman Financial Engines revealed that Americans are less confident about their finances due to inflation and recessionary concerns.
Investors Tightening Their Budgets Amid Market Volatility
According to findings from Janus Henderson Investors’ 2022 Retirement Confidence Report, self-directed investors appear to be tightening their budgets amid rising inflation and market volatility. The report found that 86% of survey respondents are concerned or very concerned about inflation and 79% are concerned or very concerned about the stock market. However, despite these concerns, only 13% of investors have moved money out of stocks or bonds and into cash. Instead, almost half of the respondents said they have reduced their spending or plan to reduce spending as a result of the financial markets and rising inflation. The report also noted that women reported greater concern about the stock market than men, but no gender-based difference was found regarding inflation. Another noteworthy finding from the report was that investors still in the workforce were more worried about the stock market and inflation compared to retirees. This can be attributed to the many uncertainties associated with how their household budgets could change in retirement.
Finsum:A recent report found that investors are tightening their budgets, but not moving to cash amid the current rising inflation and market volatility.