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BlackRock: Stock-bond correlation negative for 2019 - Bloomberg

According to BlackRock Inc, the stocks-bonds directional correlation will see itself remain steeply negative for 2019.

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“We see the correlation between equity and bond returns remaining significantly negative in 2019 as the economic cycle enters its latter stages,” Richard Turnill, BlackRock’s global chief investment strategist, wrote in a note to clients. “Bonds may offer a more formidable ballast to equity exposures.”

For both asset classes to tumble in unison, it would probably require a big pick-up in inflation that led to a more hawkish Federal Reserve, Turnill wrote. Economic data will be the dominant market driver, he concluded.

Still, BlackRock has a neutral stance on U.S. Treasuries, judging that fears about economic weakness may be overdone from a short-term perspective. Investors should wait for a rise in yields before adding to positions, Turnill wrote.

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