Call “make or break” global investors, who stop inflation

Bond veteran Greg Wilensky has seen exaggerations about rising inflation crushed too many times to be left out of this year’s high inflation deal.

“We have managed 25-year bond portfolios through very large monetary programs, large deficits, and the Fed is trying to raise inflation expectations,” money manager Janus Henderson said in an interview. “As much as I could see legitimate reasons why this might happen – I could have said that very often in the last 12 years.”

Wilensky’s skepticism symbolizes investors’ refreshing enthusiasm for bets on a quick economic recovery and higher prices. Transactions that favor economically sensitive stocks, steeper yield curves and the return of goods faltered after a stellar first quarter.

The MSCI AC World Value Index lagged its growth counterpart by about 6 percentage points from March 8 to March 8. The benchmark Treasury yields fell about 13 basis points this quarter, even as US inflation data begins to pick up. exceeds expectations. And on Tuesday a strong 30-year treasury auction suggested it is even the most exposed to interest returning.

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One of the biggest questions facing money managers now is whether the stimulated return of growth and inflation – especially in the US – can lead to sustainable expansion that will continue to push stocks and bond yields higher. The International Monetary Fund recently and – updated its global growth forecast in 2021 to the strongest in four decades, but the prospects beyond that are less clear.

Predicting a trajectory for price levels after this year is even more difficult for investors, given the distorting effect of coronavirus closures, temporary supply bottlenecks and basic effects from last year’s disinflation. A five-year rise in US profitability – an indicator of inflation expectations – has faded since they reached their highest level in 2008 in mid-March.

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“Inflation and rates, especially as a bond investor right now, are the calls you need to make,” said Elaine Stokes, Loomis Sayles’ fixed income portfolio manager. “It’s your make-or-break call of the year.”

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The answer to the stand for many investors was to reduce some transactions aimed at the strongest stage of economic recovery. Vishal Khanduja, a fixed income fund manager at Eaton Vance Management, has halved its portfolio overweight in US inflation-linked bonds since the beginning of the year.

“Inflation expectations have been dislocated in 2020” in a “surgical recession,” Khanduja said. “The typical post-recession positioning you see happening over several years is quickly moving to the market.”