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Vanguard tips ‘fragile’ market returns

Miranda Brownlee
26 February 2016 — 1 minute read

Returns for fixed income and equities are expected to remain low over the long term, with inflation subdued and GDP growth in many countries still below trend, a senior economist has claimed.

A Hong-Kong based senior economist from Vanguard, Qian Wang, said that a lot of countries are below trend because of low growth, which causes deflationary pressure.

“That gives you a lower interest rate and, if your cash rate is low, it means all the returns for the risky assets will be lower,” said Ms Wang.


“The global economy is in a frustratingly fragile mode, because we are converging to a lower growth equilibrium.” 

For the global fixed income market, Ms Wang said Vanguard predicts a return between two to three per cent.

“We want to remind you that there are a lot of possibilities and there is still risk, but the most likely scenario is the return for a global fixed income portfolio for the next few years will be two to three per cent, [so] lower than the historical average,” she said.

For the equity market, returns are expected to be around six to nine per cent, she added.

“So this seems to be our changing world, everything seems to be lower. But what is not changing is that higher returns always come with higher risk,” she said.

“The ultimate question for the investor in this environment is; in order to achieve a decent return target, similar to what you got before, are you willing to take on more risk?”

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Miranda Brownlee

Miranda Brownlee


Miranda Brownlee is the deputy editor of SMSF Adviser, which is the leading source of news, strategy and educational content for professionals working in the SMSF sector.

Since joining the team in 2014, Miranda has been responsible for breaking some of the biggest superannuation stories in Australia, and has reported extensively on technical strategy and legislative updates. Miranda has also directed SMSF Adviser's print publication for several years. 

Miranda also has broad business and financial services reporting experience, having written for titles including Investor Daily, ifa and Accountants Daily.

You can email Miranda on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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