August 2012 Vol. 17 No. 08
Higher returns come with additional risks
Category: Global, Europe, U.S.A., United Kingdom
By Hui Ching-hoo
Factors of inflation must be taken into account
“Risk on – risk off” has been one of the most striking developments in global markets since the start of the global financial crisis (GFC), particularly now as global investors fret over eurozone governments’ apparent failure to come up with effective measures to ease the contagion of the sovereign debt crisis. Fears over longer term inflation risk stemming from monetary easing policies have prompted fund managers to take a more defensive stance and diversify their investments into a wide array of inflation-linked assets such as commodities, real estate, and hedge funds.
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