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Central banks action will remain the primary driver of market returns globally in 2015, according to the latest outlook from the JP Morgan Asset Management Global Insights team, which also suggests that the pursuit of higher inflation by the banks should encourage investors looking for more equity exposure.

The team’s Worldview: Central banks, the dollar and investing in 2015 report states that the US and UK will experience higher interest rates in contrast to Japan and Europe, where deflation risk still stalks policymakers.

“There are both risks and advantages to this divergence, but, for investors, it will have three implications: a stronger US dollar, continued weakness in global commodity prices and looser monetary conditions globally than previously expected,” said Stephanie Flanders, chief market strategist, UK and Europe.

For example, JPM AM suggests that the target policy rate in Japan will still be 0.07% into December 2017. Even in the eurozone, it does not expect the target rate to hit 0.35% before December 2017.

Click here to read the full report: WorldView-Q4-2014


Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 17 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments. From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope. Jonathan was awarded Editor of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the same in 2016, he was also shortlisted in 2017 and 2015 for the broader PPA Awards category Editor of the Year (Business Media).

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