Excess volatility as an indicator of trouble ahead
After last week’s note about excess volatility in the US, we look at the experience of other developed markets in 2000, 2007 and 2015. In a majority of occasions, material increases in excess volatility signaled the onset of a correction and/or the transformation to a full-scale bear market. There are no such signals at the current time, which we regard as comforting, though not conclusive, evidence in favour of our equity overweight.
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