Why multi-asset matters
Summary: In today's global markets, geopolitical and economic risk are ever-present. To protect your portfolio, you'll need a strategy that defends against those risks. For many traders, multi-asset trading is becoming their tool of choice, not only to mitigate risk but also to capitalise on the markets' volatile movements.
The ancient Chinese curse “May you live in interesting times” has probably been on every trader’s mind during 2019. The impact of the US-China trade war on financial markets has been considerable, wreaking havoc on the tech, auto and agriculture sectors. In May 2019, when the US announced it was increasing tariffs from 10% to 25%, the S&P and the Dow both fell over 2% over the following week. The damage was even higher for the tech-heavy Nasdaq, which fell more than 3.3%.
And it’s not just the US markets being jolted by economic and political events. The trade war waves have reached Germany, where weaker demand for machinery and cars has seen exports decline, while the UK is still being rocked by the fall-out from Brexit, causing significant volatility in the British pound.
Risk mitigation through diversification
While economic uncertainty is seemingly becoming the new normal, pursuing a diversified trading strategy through multi-asset trading is a way for traders to mitigate unsystematic risk. More specifically, by diversifying not only across sectors and geographies, but also across asset classes such as stocks, bonds, commodities and currencies, investors can reduce asset-specific risk and smoothen out the overall volatility within their portfolios.
Tactical asset allocation
The basis behind tactical asset allocation is the assumption that certain asset classes, sectors, or geographies perform better during different stages of the macro-economic cycle. Therefore, it is critical for investors to identify the asset classes, sectors or markets that relatively outperform in each stage. As such, tactical asset allocation is an active trading strategy that advises investors to adjust the composition of their portfolios in order to take advantage of cycle-specific price fluctuations across sectors, markets and asset classes. Read our analysis on which sectors to be overweight during recessionary markets.
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Quarterly Outlook Q2 2022
Quarterly Outlook Q2 2022: The End Game has arrived
- Shocks from covid and the war in Ukraine have forced the global financial and political world to change, but what will the end game be?
Productivity and innovation have never been more importantAs the world economy hits physical limits and central banks tighten their belts, could equities be facing a 10-15% downside?
The great EUR recovery and the difficulty of trading itIf the terrible fog of war hopefully lifts soon, the conditions are promising for the euro to reprice significantly higher.
Tight commodity markets – turbocharged by war and sanctionsWith supply already tight, commodities keep powering on. But will it last for yet another quarter?
Between a rock and a hard placeGeopolitical concerns will add upward price pressures and fears of slower growth, while volatility will remain elevated.
The Great ErosionInflation is everywhere and central banks try to combat it. But will they get it under control in time?
Australian investing: Six considerations amid triple Rs: rising rates, record inflation and likely recessionWhile global financial markets are struggling in an uncertain world, the commodity-heavy Australian ASX index is poised to keep a positive momentum.
Cybersecurity – the rush to catch up with realityWith the invasion of Ukraine, governments and private companies are rushing to reinforce their cyber defenses.