Low bond yields and high equity valuations mean that outcome-focused approaches could secure the regular investment income today's investor is looking for.
Achieve a better income outcome
Interest and annuity rates as well as global bond yields remain near record lows. At the same time, equity prices in many developed markets have reached overvalued levels. So earning sufficient income without assuming unacceptable levels of risk requires a different mindset.
Looking for greater certainty
Investors looking for regular flows of income traditionally have five main options:
· annuities or
· multi-asset income funds.
While bank deposits offer negligible rates of interest, other investments are scarcely better. With the potential for high correlations among most asset prices, traditional methods of diversification may no longer adequately mitigate risk.
Aviva Investors employ strategies that fall into three broad categories: market, opportunistic and risk-reducing. The first captures market performance, the second looks to exploit market short-term fluctuations, and the third aims to protect the portfolio in unpredictable markets. The way these different strategies interact across various market conditions is crucial to managing a portfolio’s risk exposure and delivering regular income.
The final analysis
As the economic outlook changes, portfolios can be reassessed to refine risk exposure and remain appropriately diversified. In turn, they can produce steady performance with little correlation to equities, bonds and other traditional asset classes – irrespective of market conditions.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The value of an investment and any income from it may go down as well as up and the investor may not get back the original amount invested.