Q4 Asset Allocation Update

Since the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union, currency markets have been volatile but most other major markets have been remarkably resilient.

Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinmailFacebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinmail   by Kasim Zafar, 5th October 2016

This is despite persistently low global growth, high valuations and weak earnings.

Our outlook has changed little since Q3, and we continue to maintain a cautious stance. We hold high cash positions and are ensuring portfolios have diversified currency exposure.

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About the author: Kasim Zafar

Kasim graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Physics from Imperial College and is a CFA charter holder, being a regular member of the CFA Institute and CFA UK. He began his career in investments in 2002, gaining experience as a portfolio manager and senior analyst of global capital markets. His experience spans multiple asset classes, constructing portfolios with varying risk/return objectives and active risk management processes.

Kasim is the portfolio manager for the EQ Investors Best Ideas and Absolute Return portfolios. He is an active member of the investment management, strategic asset allocation and fund selection committees.

When not immersed at work, Kasim often finds himself stumped and constantly amazed by his young daughter at home. He also enjoys spending time in the kitchen practising his “cheffy” skills with both European and Asian cuisine, reflecting his mixed background.

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