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Dec 20, 2012

Global funds end bullish 2012 with some caution – Reuters poll

LONDON (Reuters) – Global investors pared back equity holdings as 2012 wound down, preferring to bank gains from a surprisingly bullish year as they awaited a green light from U.S. budget negotiations.

With another roller coaster year underpinned by central bank money printing, signs of U.S. and Chinese recoveries and a significant breakthrough in the euro zone debt crisis meant world markets are finishing the year on a high.

Dec 20, 2012

Global funds buy bonds, trim stocks: Reuters poll

LONDON (Reuters) – Global investors are ending 2012 with lower stock holdings and more bonds than 12 months ago, staying wary about the U.S. “fiscal cliff” despite a rally in most markets this year, a Reuters poll showed on Thursday.

The stalled U.S. fiscal talks grew more heated on Wednesday and threatened to become even more so Thursday when the action is expected to shift for the first time to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Dec 20, 2012

Global funds buy bonds, trim stocks

LONDON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Global investors are ending 2012
with lower stock holdings and more bonds than 12 months ago,
staying wary about the U.S. “fiscal cliff” despite a rally in
most markets this year, a Reuters poll showed on Thursday.

The stalled U.S. fiscal talks grew more heated on Wednesday
and threatened to become even more so Thursday when the action
is expected to shift for the first time to the floor of the U.S.
House of Representatives. [ID:nL1E8NJ57I]

Dec 14, 2012

Investors bet on euro assets in 2013 despite risk

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Major investors are preparing to
dip their toes deeper into the turbulent waters of the euro zone
in 2013.

A year ago, investors were bracing for a possible collapse
of the currency area, dumping bonds from its ailing south,
hammering stocks and seeking safe haven in cash, abroad, or, if
they had to stay in Europe, in rock-solid German bunds.

Dec 4, 2012

Global funds’ concerns about U.S. fiscal cliff ease

LONDON (Reuters) – Global investors increased their equity overweight positions to a 20-month high in November, boosting their holdings of riskier assets as they became less concerned about fiscal woes on both sides of the Atlantic, a Reuters poll showed.

Ninety percent of poll respondents expect a deal by year-end on the U.S. fiscal cliff and 80 percent consider Greece will still be in the euro zone by the end of 2013, the poll of 56 leading fund managers showed.

Dec 3, 2012

Global funds’ concerns about U.S. fiscal cliff, euro debt crisis ease: Reuters poll

LONDON (Reuters) – Global investors increased their equity overweight positions to a 20-month high in November, boosting their holdings of riskier assets as they became less concerned about fiscal woes on both sides of the Atlantic, a Reuters poll showed.

Ninety percent of poll respondents expect a deal by year-end on the U.S. fiscal cliff and 80 percent consider Greece will still be in the euro zone by the end of 2013, the poll of 56 leading fund managers showed.

Nov 29, 2012

Fears of euro zone shocks recede

LONDON (Reuters) – What a difference a year makes.

A Reuters’ annual investment outlook summit 12 months ago was abuzz with debate over whether the euro zone would still be in place by the end of 2012, at least with all 17 members.

After another roller-coaster year that has brought Spain to the forefront of the debt crisis, the currency bloc is rattled but still intact and break-up fears have taken a back seat for global chief investment officers.

Nov 28, 2012

Crisis bellwether U.S. housing, Ireland have turned: Allianz

LONDON (Reuters) – The recovery in the U.S. housing market and Ireland’s return to capital markets suggest the global economy might be emerging from the financial crisis, but a massive bubble is building in core sovereign debt, says Allianz Global Investors.

“It is the first time since this crisis started that we can say there are things falling into place that give us some hope that we might see some light at the end of the tunnel,” Andreas Utermann, chief investment officer at Allianz Global Investors told the Reuters Global Investment summit on Wednesday.

Nov 13, 2012
via Global Investing

Crisis? What crisis? Global funds grow stronger

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Global funds are having a good year.

According to a report by financial services lobby TheCityUK, pension funds,  insurance funds and  mutual funds are on track to finish the year with $21 trillion more of assets under management than when they hit rock bottom in 2008 with the Lehmann collapse.

They are growing for the fourth year in a row, and much more so than last year, thanks to the recovery in equity markets.

Oct 31, 2012

European fund managers buy more stocks, cut cash

LONDON (Reuters) – European fund managers raised their equity holdings to a 15-month high in October and trimmed cash levels as central bank stimulus encouraged a shift into riskier assets, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday.

Most saw a respite in the euro zone debt crisis, with 15 out of 18 fund managers polled saying Greece would still be in the currency bloc at the end of next year, while 13 believed benchmark Spanish bond yields have already seen their peak in the current crisis.