Tech stocks in particular soared over the least decade, but they’re having a tougher time now.

The days of ultra-low interest rates, low inflation, and supersized stock market returns are over, a BlackRock strategist has said.
Nigel Bolton said investors can now expect higher inflation, higher rates, and more volatile financial markets.
He said the last 10 years have been unusually good for markets, and now they’re returning to something closer to normality.

Since the financial crisis of 2008, ultra-low interest rates and central bank bond-buying programmes have pumped financial markets full of cash. That’s driven assets higher, all while inflation has been relatively low and steady.

But those days are now over, according to Nigel Bolton, co-global head of equities at BlackRock, the world’s biggest asset manager.

The surge in prices in 2022 and the coronavirus pandemic have pushed the global economy into a new “regime”, Bolton told Insider, by forcing central banks to abruptly hike interest rates and companies to rethink global supply chains.

Investors can now expect a decade of higher inflation and lower returns, Bolton said. Many analysts are calling it a “regime change” in financial markets.

The old days are done

The last decade and a half has been a great time to have money in the stock market.

Central banks around the world slashed interest rates to record lows in the wake of the financial crisis and bought trillions of dollars of bonds, pushing down bond yields and driving up stocks. Even with 2022’s drop factored in, the S&P 500 has risen around 500% from its 2009 trough.

Investors have also enjoyed decades of stable inflation, with prices in the US growing 2.2% a year on average in the 20 years until the pandemic struck in February 2020.

Yet Bolton said the times have changed. Although inflation looks like it’ll …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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