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BAML survey: More money moves into stocks

  • The summer bond crash has fund managers shuffling money into equities, according to the BAML fund manager survey, which shows those overweight stocks rising to 60% in September - the highest level since February 2011. Digging a little deeper finds exposure to consumer staples (XLP) is the highest in 10 years, to European stocks the highest in 6 years, and an 11-year high for U.K. equities (EWU).
  • European stock ETFs: EZU, VGK, FEZ, EPV, IEV, ADRU, FEP, FDD, UPV, EPV, DFE, FEU, FEEU.
  • Blogger ukarlewitz digs even deeper and finds the spread between equity and bond ratings is the 2nd highest in the 12-year history of the survey.
  • Undermining this apparent confidence, notes BAML's Michael Hartnett, are cash levels that remain "exceptionally high" at 4.6%. He reminds of the rule to buy stocks when cash is above 4.5%, and sell when it falls below 3.5%.
  • Broad fixed income ETFs: AGG, BND, LAG, SCHZ, BOND, SAGG, MINCGYLD, INKM.
  • Broad equity ETFs: IYY, VTI, EXT, TOTS, EUSA, ITOT.
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