Head of Multi-Asset Income, John Stopford, explains why a Biden presidency combined with prospects of a vaccine in 2021 provide grounds for investors to be cautiously optimistic.
Nov 13, 2020
The fast view
Investors were positioned cautiously before the election, with a Democratic sweep likely to result in a range of more radical policies, including tax rises; this is now unlikely with a Republican Senate
Coupled with encouraging news regarding Pfizer’s vaccine, that caution has been replaced with widespread optimism, resulting in the positive for risk following the election
The last four years has seen very narrow leadership, primarily coming from the US tech giants; Biden’s more outward-looking perspective may change that
We are positioned cautiously, but for a relatively positive outcome for global markets, and are more bullish on currencies such as the yen, and non-US equities
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