In September 2018, the far-advanced bull market, increasing risks and signs of changes in the overall investment environment prompted us to launch the initiative “Future-Proofing Portfolios: Get Your Portfolio Fit for the Future”. In anticipation of more turbulent times, we recommended positioning the portfolio properly for the late cycle, i.e. by means of a comprehensive check. This was followed in October by a rapid shift in equity market sentiment, from which the credit markets were not spared. Not only did a price and valuation correction ensue, but also a greater awareness of risk. Has this made the concept of “futureproofing” obsolete?
Already in our first study we recommended hedging. However, this should be accomplished on a situational basis, since the costs of permanent hedging significantly reduce total return. But regardless of whether or not hedging is actually undertaken, we recommend that investors subject their portfolio to a review that encompasses the following levels:
To verify that this approach works, we have put our recommendations to the test. Find more detailed information in our updated paper.