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Fund managers up cash holdings as fear of geopolitical risk grows

May 14, 2014

CITY A.M. REPORTER



GLOBAL investors are ramping up their cash holdings and reducing exposure to risk, according to an influential fund manager survey.


According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, investors are increasingly worried about geopolitical instability, as well as the strength of the global economic recovery.


Average cash levels have reached five per cent of portfolios, the highest level since June 2012, and a 4.8 per cent increase from April.


While respondents are optimistic about improvements in both the world economy and corporate performance, many are now questioning the rate of growth.


In less than 12 months (April 2015), the current bull market could become the third longest of all-time. But fund managers have identified several potential risks, and this May has seen a shake-up in how respondents assess several of them.


Fear of a China debt default is well up, as are concerns over Eurozone deflation. Far more of those surveyed in May see geopolitical crisis as the biggest potential risk.


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Source: City A.M. (UK)


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