Barometer: No reason for pandemic panic

Barometer: No reason for pandemic panic

While financial markets are unsettled by the emergence of the Omicron Covid variant, investors shouldn't panic. Economies are better equipped to deal with a new wave of infections.

Luca Paolini Chief Strategist, Pictet Asset Management.

Asset allocation: re-opening remains on track

Riskier asset classes are trading at or close to all-time highs. There are good reasons for this.

Consumer and industrial demand is robust, supply bottlenecks look set to ease – potentially placing downward pressure on inflation – and corporate earnings and margins remain healthy.

This augurs well for equity markets over the near term. 

And yet this positive picture needs to be balanced against a the emergence of a new threat to the economy. Though it had fallen right down the list of investors’ worries, the recently identified Omicron variant of Covid shows the pandemic hasn’t faded away. While pandemic-related developments can no longer dictate the economic cycle, they can certainly influence it. 

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The Pictet Group is a partnership of seven owner-managers, with principles of succession and transmission of ownership that have remained unchanged since foundation in 1805. It offers only wealth management, asset management, alternative investment solutions and related asset services. The Group does not engage in investment banking, nor does it extend commercial loans. With CHF 609 (USD 689, EUR 563, GBP 504) billion in assets under management or custody at 31 December 2020, Pictet is today one of the leading Europe-based independent wealth and asset managers for private clients and institutional investors.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and founded there, Pictet today employs around 4,900 people. It has 30 offices worldwide, in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, Lausanne, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Monaco, Montreal, Munich, Nassau, New York, Osaka, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Stuttgart, Taipei, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Turin, Verona and Zurich.


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