Global investors bullish as economy on growth path: BofA-ML
According to the BofA-ML Fund Manager Survey for January, asset allocators assigning more funds to equities than at any time since February 2011, while their confidence in the
world's economic outlook has reached its most positive level since April 2010.
Investors' appetite for risk in their portfolios is now at its highest in nine years, while an increasing number judge equities as undervalued - particularly in Europe, the survey
Nearly half of the 254 survey participants said that they now expect to sell government bonds to fund purchases of riskier equities.
"Following the resolution of the US fiscal cliff, sentiment has surged," BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research chief investment strategist Michael Hartnett said.
Moreover fund managers are also reducing their cash positions. Investors have reduced cash holdings to 3.8 per cent from 4.2 per cent in December, indicating that fund managers are willing to hold riskier investment assets.
The optimism of fund managers is being reflected in the recent bull-run in global equity markets. In the first weeks of this year the UK blue chip stocks have reportedly closed at its highest level since Lehman Brothers, while US stocks are hovering close to five year high levels.
Meanwhile, the BSE benchmark Sensex yesterday breached the 20,000-level after two years but settled a tad lower at 19,986.82, still over 80 points higher.
According to the survey, the US fiscal crisis is
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