As the question on the war becomes clearer, mutual fund managers have become more determined to move out of the energy and bond markets that have been considered safe investments, back to stocks, The New York Post reports.
Crude oil futures prices hit the lowest record since January, with the April contract falling $3.36 a barrel, to $31.67. This reflects a bullish speculation of a swift war with minimized interruption in oil shipments from the Middle East.
"There are signs that investors finally may be rebalancing their portfolios, and I applaud that, even if it's overdue," Robert MacIntosh, chief economist at Eaton Vance, told The Post. "Maybe they just needed a slap across the head to get them moving away from the safe havens in the market."
The Federal Reserves decision to keep the interest rate unchanged yesterday sent Treasury bond prices further down, with 10-year note yield reaching 3.89%.
"The bull market [in bonds] is finally over," said Bob Auwaerter, head of fixed income portfolio management at Vanguard. "Maybe now that the war is here, people feel less need for safety at all costs."
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