Giving voice to what many suspect, the Financial Times reports that market and investor behavior is shaping up for a repeat of 2011.
“Intense worries about the future of the euro, followed by a dissipation of sovereign debt woes and better economic news,” the paper recounts. “But then the debt crisis flares up just as the economic data start to wobble. Sound familiar? Investors are asking if 2012 is turning into a rerun of 2011.”
Echoing warnings by the hedge fund manager George Soros and the World Trade Organization, the paper points to similarities in market moves over the past three years. U.S. equities have almost exactly tracked their course of 2010 and 2011—each offset by a month—while 10-year Treasury yields have displayed a similar pattern.
“I think it looks exactly like last year,” the Financial Times quotes Matt King, global head of credit strategy at Citi, as saying. “We came into this year feeling that people would worry about Spain and Italy at some point but that it was just a question of timing.”
The paper adds, “That has many investors asking, once again, whether the big asset allocation trade of the first few months—to back equities over bonds—might need to be reversed on the prospect of another summer slump.”