BMO Has A Simple Message To Its Clients: Go To Cash Now
In a surprising development, the most bearish, and easily most comprehensive, report that we have read in a long time on the broader markets, comes from Canada of all places, via BMO's Quant/Tech desk. The report's title is simple enough: Go To Cash - In Plain English. Not much clarification needed. Here is the gist: "We advocate switching out of equity positions and going to cash. The European sovereign debt crisis appears to be nowhere near over. The global credit environment is worsening. Cost of capital is going up and availability is going down. There are large gaps between where the credit market prices risk and where the equity market is priced. Equity is lagging the deterioration in credit conditions. Moves in currency, equity and commodity markets are mirroring the moves in the credit market. Global growth, in a credit-constrained environment, will slow. Profits will be squeezed by the higher cost of capital...We advocate a zero weight toward equity, and that investors convert their equity positions to cash."