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This week’s chart shows that current valuations across equity and fixed income markets are lower today compared to where they stood at the end of September last year. The big takeaway here is that equities broadly appear to still be cheaper than bonds.
Japanese Government Bonds and German Bunds are some of the most expensive debt instruments currently available to investors. As it relates to the former, the Bank of Japan’s unprecedented stimulus has helped push Japanese Government Bond yields to record lows, and earlier this year, yields on securities with maturities up to five years turned negative for the first time. Looking ahead, the Fed’s willingness to delay an increase in U.S. interest rates should support demand for riskier assets and as a result, fixed income valuations may normalize over time. Compared to last year, the most precipitous drop in valuations has taken place in U.S. High Yield, U.S. Credit and U.S. dollar-denominated Emerging Markets Debt.
As it relates to equities, with the exception of the U.S., South Africa, and Mexico, valuations around other parts of the globe are on the lower end of their historical averages. Finally, valuations in Canadian, Spanish, and Taiwanese equity markets have come down the most over the past year as these markets have sold off over the near term.
Note: Percentile ranks show valuations of assets versus their historical ranges. Example: If an asset is in the 75th percentile, this means it trades at a valuation equal to or greater than 75% of its history. Valuation percentiles are based on an aggregation of standard valuation measures versus their long-term history.
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