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SMSFs warned on 'high level' international markets risk

By Katarina Taurian
13 August 2013 — 1 minute read

SMSF investors should not assume that the recent strong performance in international markets will continue, warns Wingate Asset Management.

It is surprising the market isn’t pricing the “very high level” of global economic and financial risk into equities valuations, according to Chad Padowitz, chief investment officer at Wingate.

“If you are in assets that are benefiting from this lack of concern about what may happen, you’re probably exposed,” Mr Padowitz told SMSF Adviser.

“While there are undoubtedly opportunities, many investors seem to be assuming that global equity markets will repeatedly produce the kinds of returns they did in the last financial year.”

Wingate sees activities in the US, Europe, China and Japan as “experiments” aimed at restoring growth and financial stability. However, the outcomes remain uncertain, according to Mr Padowitz.

“There is no precedent to what is happening in these financial markets and their economies, and each has come up with an approach that can really only be described as an untested experiment,” he said.

“On top of this, these experiments are occurring concurrently in a world where equity market correlations have increased from 50 percent to 70 percent over the last 10 years. Only one experiment needs to fail for the impact to be felt globally.

“Neither we nor the policymakers know what the benchmarks are for success or failure of each of these.”

Mr Padowitz added it is also surprising that the market is pricing in double-digit earnings growth rates for the United States and Western Europe, and even stronger growth in Japan.

“Personally, I am uncomfortable with many of the assumptions underpinning these growth forecasts, and my view is that the risks surrounding quantitative easing and corporate earnings growth are being mispriced.

“There are opportunities available but investors have to be very selective and really do their homework.”

SMSFs warned on 'high level' international markets risk
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