Flattening the learning curve


Stefan Löwenthal

  • Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer — Global Multi Asset Team
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Jürgen Wurzer

  • Vice President, Deputy Head of Portfolio Management, Senior Investment Manager — Global Multi Asset Team
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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in lessons about a range of issues from government reactions to assessing the risks and opportunities in asset classes. In “Flattening the learning curve,” the Macquarie Multi-Asset team provides a global outlook amid efforts to battle the pandemic. Their views include prospects for continuing large-scale synchronized fiscal and monetary stimulus, and surprising opportunities in fixed income and equity markets.

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The views expressed represent the investment team’s assessment of the market environment as of August 2020, and should not be considered a recommendation to buy, hold, or sell any security, and should not be relied on as research or investment advice. Views are subject to change without notice.

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Past performance does not guarantee future results.

Diversification may not protect against market risk.

Fixed income securities and bond funds can lose value, and investors can lose principal, as interest rates rise. They also may be affected by economic conditions that hinder an issuer’s ability to make interest and principal payments on its debt.

The Portfolio may also be subject to prepayment risk, the risk that the principal of a bond that is held by a portfolio will be prepaid prior to maturity, at the time when interest rates are lower than what the bond was paying. A portfolio may then have to reinvest that money at a lower interest rate.

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