Northern Trust Outlook 2022: Strong Earnings Growth and Stable Long-Term Interest Rates

CHICAGO & LONDON – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Northern Trust, a leading global asset manager with $ 1.5 trillion in assets under management, expects strong earnings growth and persistently low interest rates to lead to slowdown but sustainable economic growth in 2022.

“Given our favorable economic growth outlook for 2022, we are overweight risky assets in our global policy model, although we expect the returns for these asset classes next year to be lower than this year. ” Angelo Manioudakis, Chief Investment Officer of Northern Trust noted. “Amid recent market volatility and growing concerns about inflation, it’s important for investors to realize that corporate earnings and interest rates are the primary foundations of stock and bond prices.” , said Manioudakis. “They support our overweight positions in three risky asset classes as signs point to sustained earnings growth and stable, albeit slightly higher, long-term interest rates.”

Northern Trust predicts 2022 as a year of transitions. The central bank’s fiscal policy could become less accommodative or stimulating thanks to a reduction in bond purchases. After years of virtually no inflation, investors are increasingly aware of the importance of hedging against it, given its recent abrupt emergence. While there are indications of declining inflationary pressures in key supply chain bottlenecks, this is being countered by strong housing and labor markets. As always, Northern Trust has hedged against inflation in its global policy model, but for the sixth year in a row it has “Stuckflation” as one of its investment themes that is driving the markets and believes that the current surge in inflation will be transient.

These views are part of Northern Trust’s Outlook 2022. It is based on the long term of the company Capital Market Assumptions Report, a five-year prospective and historical forecast that guides the recommendations for the strategic allocation of the company’s assets.

Northern Trust’s tactical asset allocation recommendations in its global policy model include three overweight positions, all in risky asset classes: developed market equities, high yield bonds and natural resources.

Consistency between actions

Northern Trust expects equity returns to be similar across major regions of the world, thanks to strong earnings growth. Japan leads with an expected return of 11%, followed by emerging markets and the United States at 9%, and Europe at 8%. Given this consistency, Northern Trust favors less risky developed markets, hence its overweighting, compared to emerging markets, which are weighted neutral in the Global Policy Model.

High expectations for high yield

Northern Trust’s most favorable view among bond asset classes is high yield bonds, another of its overweight positions. This is driven by the belief that high yield bonds could produce returns comparable to those of stocks. “Given this and the fact that they are less risky than equities, offer high liquidity and have a historically low default rate of almost 1%, we have made high yield the largest overweight in our model. world politics. ” Jim McDonald, Northern Trust Chief Investment Strategist noted. “We see their credit risk as much more compelling than the interest rate risk of investment grade bonds.” Northern Trust’s 2022 outlook calls for a high return of 9% versus 4% for quality bonds and 0% for cash.

Natural resources stand out from real assets

Northern Trust has long included real assets – natural resources, global real estate and listed global infrastructure – in its global policy model in recognition of their effectiveness in enhancing the diversification of investments. The respective yield forecasts for 2022 are: 5%, 7% and 3%. “Although all three asset classes have significant exposure to equities and are therefore supported by our favorable market outlook, we have chosen to overweight natural resources based on our view of their reasonable valuations and their hedging capacity. against inflation, as well as our expectation that earnings growth will continue, “mentioned Wouter Sturkenboom, Chief Investment Strategist for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

The full outlook for Northern Trust 2022 is available at year.

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