Saturday, July 31, 2010

How's That Risk Curve Doing?

As our friends at Bespoke Investment Group point out, the market suggests we are not yet ready for higher-risk equity investments.

Compare that present influence with Pimco's Bill Gross discussion on market risks, namely how demand shifts toward the inner circle of safety during a crisis, then slowly back out the risk curve over time.

Note there are many risk vehicles not in Pimco's analysis; not because they don't exist or aren't relevant, but because there are so many layers and instruments. The key point is that bonds are less risky than equities, and preferred stock less risky than common stock.

The real rally is still taking place in risk circles inside of common equities, and the sell-off at earnings suggests we aren't yet ready to see a strong rally in equity.

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