Stocks go down, bonds go... down?

Authored by Louise Street and Johan Palmberg: The conventional wisdom that stocks and bonds are negatively correlated is a central component of most asset allocation strategies. But the correlation hasn’t always been negative – far from it, in fact – and there are increasing signs of strain in the relationship, prompting investors to ask: could the stock-bond correlation flip? In this blog, we consider that possibility, what it might mean for the average portfolio, and how gold could help to protect portfolio performance.

The role of gold in a volatile world

RWC Partners is an investment management firm that specialises in helping clients to meet long-term financial needs. The group’s Diversified Return Fund aims to diversify investors’ holdings by providing defensive, uncorrelated returns. Here portfolio manager Charles Crowson and fund manager Clark Fenton explain the role of gold within this Fund.