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UK portfolios could be vulnerable to rising oil
We are concerned that oil may be entering a new trading range which could damage a conventional balanced portfolio. We look at two correlations: between equities and bonds and between oil futures and a balanced portfolio. In the Eurozone, investors don’t really need a hedge. In the US, it may be “nice to have”, but not essential. In the UK, equities and bonds are positively correlated at the highest level since 2001, which means that investors need some sort of hedge, even though we can’t yet be sure that oil is the right one.