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5 Oct 2019 (AFR) – Investors ignoring growing global economic risks, RBA warns

(5 October 2019, AFR, p6,  Karen Maley, Columnist)

‘Global equity, bond and commercial property markets could suffer savage sell-offs if investors, who have until now been remarkably complacent about risk, suddenly wake up to the deteriorating global outlook. In its October Financial Stability Review, the Reserve Bank highlights the darkening global outlook, as economic activity has braked further, and the downside risks to growth – from, for instance, intensifying trade tensions or from a disruptive Brexit – have increased. But it notes that investors, heartened by the expectation of even easier monetary policy, have developed a voracious appetite for risk and have pushed prices of assets – such as bonds and shares – even higher. So much so that around one-quarter of all government bonds now trade at negative yields.’

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