Asset Class Returns As At 31 December 2009
Emerging markets equity closed off the year very well. Developed markets equity continue to suffer from a perception of delayed recovery, and subsequently a lack of fresh funds flowing into those markets. What was surprising, or not really, was the sell off in US bonds and emerging market bonds. This is a strong indicator - it shows that risk aversion has continued to ease, and more importantly investors are preparing funds to obtain higher returns in the first quarter of 2010 (i.e. equity).
p/s photos: Mona Chopra