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Are today’s high asset prices worth the risk?

Are today’s high asset prices worth the risk?

Central banks have signalled that, if required, they would support their economies by cutting rates even further. This means markets are not likely to crash any time soon. But with most asset prices quite toppy, are investment returns worth the risk of something going wrong?


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Roger is the Founder and Chairman of Montgomery Investment Management. Roger has over three decades of experience in funds management and related activities, including equities analysis, equity and derivatives strategy, trading and stockbroking. Prior to establishing Montgomery, Roger held positions at Ord Minnett Jardine Fleming, BT (Australia) Limited and Merrill Lynch.

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  1. Hi Roger

    I recently did some homework to find out what a realistic return an Investor can expect from the Australian Sharemarket based on an after inflation return and also based on current 10 Year Australian Bond rates.

    Over decades the All Ordinaries Accumulation Index – Real (after CPI Inflation) return has averaged approximately 6.4%. The “current” inflation rate is 1.3%, so a nominal return of 7.7% is all that can be expected at this point in time. The RBA has set an inflation target of between 2% to 3% . If over the “long term” inflation averages 2.5%, then a nominal return of 8.9% is what a wise and cautious investor should strive to achieve even though the “current” nominal return of 7.7% is all that can be expected.

    What is also interesting to note is that the “current” Australian 10 year Bond yield is about 1.75%. If an Investor currently strives for a nominal return of 7.7%, it then follows that the Equity Risk Premium (ERP) amounts to 5.95% which is still a very acceptable number. The RBA has set a target for a “neutral” 10 year bond rate of 3%. If a “long Term ” Investor strives for a nominal 8.9% Return, then the “long term”ERP becomes 5.9% which is almost identical to the “current” ERP of 5.95%.

    My conclusion is that if you are a “short term” Investor a nominal return of 7.7% is OK, but a wise and cautious Investor should strive for a nominal return of no less than 8.9%. Based on that , I tend to agree with you Roger that the current market is a bit on the “toppy” side, but if opportunities arise when markets get the wobbles it can throw up some good opportunities to Invest.

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