Fund managers optimistic; rushing to emerging markets: survey

Fund managers optimistic; rushing to emerging markets: survey
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First Published: Thu, May 21 2009. 03 39 PM IST
Updated: Thu, May 21 2009. 03 39 PM IST
New Delhi: A host of global fund managers are rushing to make the most out of emerging markets, with seven out of every 10 fund managers anticipating an improved world economy over the next 12 months, a Merrill Lynch Survey said.
According to the May survey of fund managers by financial services major Merrill Lynch, bullishness in global markets has reached new heights with seven out of 10 investors predicting the world economy would improve in next 12 months.
About 220 fund managers, managing a total of $617 billion, participated in the global survey for May conducted by Banc of America SecuritiesMerrill Lynch Research with the help of market research company TNS.
Many fund managers are rushing to emerging markets the survey stated, adding that investor optimism on China’s economy is higher than at any point in the past six years.
“Investors are finally opening their wallets and reducing cash balances to mid-cycle levels to buy equities, cyclical stocks and risky assets,” Banc of America Securities-Merrill Lynch co-head of international investment strategy Michael Hartnett said.
Heightened appetite for equities is concentrated on emerging markets, with 46% investors overweight on emerging market stocks, up from 26% in April, the survey revealed.
“However, this rush to take on risk, especially in emerging markets, is reminiscent of bubble-like behavior,” Hartnett added.
Bullishness about China’s economy has reached its highest level since the survey began tracking it in 2003.
The survey pointed out that 61% of respondents see China’s economy improving against 87% expecting the Chinese economy to weaken in November.
Portfolio managers’ optimism is backed by positive expectations on corporate profits and they are putting their money to work, the survey stated.
The average cash holdings have fallen to 4.3% in May from 4.9% in April.
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