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The 60:40 blues
An important relationship between equities and government bonds broke down last month and inflicted the largest losses for diversified investment portfolios since the pandemic market rout of last year. Signs that inflationary pressure may become more entrenched have weighed on consumer and business sentiment. The Financial Times calculates that losses in the two major asset classes resulted in a drop of 3.5% in September in a portfolio containing US equities and government bonds in a typical 60:40 ratio.
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