CIO Insights 2Q23: Break in the Clouds
Amid a year of massive central bank rate hikes and the current banking sector debacle, DBS CIO Hou Wey Fook highlights why it is an opportune time to put surplus cash to work
Chief Investment Office22 Mar 2023
  • Inflation not easing fast enough; turmoil in banking sector will lead to Fed slowing rate hikes
  • Downside buffer from lower valuations in bonds and equities; put cash to work
  • Overweight Bonds; corporates yielding in excess of 5% today will be source of consistent income
  • China's reopening and proactive policy support calls for an Overweight in Asian Equities 
  • Stay Neutral weight Global Equities
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Dear valued clients,

Views on global economic growth - coloured by a year of massive central bank rate hikes and the current banking sector debacle - are now polarised between a soft and hard landing scenario.

These mixed sentiments are reflected in an acute inversion of the yield curve (which historically points to a deep recession) and a rather benign widening of credit spreads (which suggests a less dire scenario).

FOMC members themselves are unclear why unemployment remains at a record low while wage growth persists at this stage of the cycle. Suffice to say, the Fed’s future policy actions will be data dependent.

After last year’s steep fall, it is comforting to lean on the “margins of safety” appearing in equities and bonds today. For example, the priceto- earnings of global equites is at 16 times versus the high of 25 times in 2021; while Investment Grade bond yields trade over 5%, up from the lows of c.1.5%.

Notwithstanding the lack of clarity on economic growth, we believe this is an opportune time to put surplus cash to work, like in a 60% equity and 40% bond construct for a balanced risk portfolio.

On security selection, seek resilience in high quality companies such as those that demonstrate economies of scale as well as those with strong brand franchises that can pass rising input costs to end consumers.

I encourage you to stay the course in your investing. After all, time in the market beats timing the market.

Hou Wey Fook, CFA
Chief Investment Officer

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