Pension funds: reorienting asset allocation in an inflation-fuelled world

After a prolonged era of cheap money and double-digit returns, the sharp spike in inflation to its 40-year high in 2022 was a game changer.

That the Goldilocks scenario of moderate growth and low inflation has been rudely interrupted of late is not in doubt; nor, for that matter, is central banks’ resolve to tame the current inflationary spiral. In the rich world, they are now walking a perilous tight rope, after virtually abolishing risk pricing in capital markets over the last 12 years. The scope for policy mis-steps now is enormous as central banks seek to pull off the highly desirable ‘soft landing’ that minimises both inflation and recession risks at the same time.

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