Could currency volatility be the first symptom of wider stress in financial markets? William Cainreports
Calling it the end of a two-decade bear market is perhaps a step too far. But analysts remain almost universally bullish on prospects for Japanese equities in 2016 even after the country was among the best performing markets in 2015.
Macroeconomic and political issues continue to dominate the investment agenda in 2015, as uncertainty over Greece gave way to China's equity sell-off and surprise currency devaluation.
Volatility in the US Treasury market at the end of 2014 could be a taste of the next financial panic. And risk parity, a hedge fund strategy that made hay through leveraged exposure to bonds over the last 20 years, may be part of the problem rather than the solution.
Low-volatility equity strategies may lack the rock-star appeal of chasing high-volatility stocks, but they look likely to gain more attention after recent market wobbles helped their relative performance in the year-to-date jump ahead of traditional benchmarks.
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