Curb Your Enthusiasm

Richard Turnill, BlackRock’s chief global investment strategist, advises investors to “curb their enthusiasm.”  Turnhill commented in BlackRock’s most recent weekly market commentary: “We see a global portfolio made up of 60% equities and 40% fixed income producing annual returns of just 3.3% in U.S. dollars before inflation over the next five years.” Turnhill speaks well of foreign stocks, emerging market stocks, and private equity, saying “our international equity return estimates are now above the long-term… Read More

Is Long-Term Forecasting Valuable?

A Financial Times article highlights and challenges the common practice of long-term forecasting. Opening with a George Eliot quote – “Among all forms of mistake, prophesy is the most gratuitous” – the piece makes no bones about challenging the value of long-term forecasts. It argues: “Either they are so short term they are often liable to be as wrong as any other prediction; or they are so long-run that they are practically useless and only… Read More

GMO: Death of Equities “Greatly Exaggerated”

Bill Gross’ claim that the cult of equities is “dead” has generated a lot of response recently, and now Jeremy Grantham’s GMO has entered the fray, countering many of Gross’ key points. “Disappointing returns from equity markets over a period of time should not be viewed as a signal of the ‘death of equities,’” Ben Inker writes in a white paper on GMO’s web site. “Such losses are necessary for overpriced equity markets to revert… Read More

GMO High on Quality & Value, Sour on Bonds

Jeremy Grantham’s GMO has published its fourth-quarter update, offering a contrarian position on Europe and outlining its strategies as we head into 2012. The firm says it moved “incrementally into Europe” in the fourth quarter of 2011, adding. “Selectively, slowly, prudently, of course, but the general belief is that markets have overreacted, and this always presents some opportunities.” GMO says the move was “by no means a ‘call’ on the bottom of possible European corrections… Read More

GMO: International Equities Promising, Govt. Bonds Dangerous

Jeremy Grantham’s GMO has released its first-quarter 2009 update, and the firm says it will continue to put money back into equities, though with a cautious approach. “Having increased our exposure to equities last quarter, we kept to our game plan and gingerly shifted our stance toward favoring riskier asset classes,” GMO states. “Our concern about the broader economic picture, however, prevented us from deploying toward more speculative areas of the market, and we did… Read More