Individual investors should take more aggressive attitudes in managing their portfolios amid the global trend toward rising interest rates, investment analysts said yesterday.
\n"As the world's economic climate is becoming inflationary at the moment, people can take a more aggressive stance in arranging their portfolios," said Gary Chou (周長發), senior manager of asset management with the First Commercial Bank (第一銀行), the banking arm of First Financial Holding Co (第一 金控), the nation's third-largest financial holding company.
\nIndividual investors could evenly balance their investments between bonds and stocks, as opposed to the previously recommended conservative ratio of 7 to 3, to protect their investment value from shrinking while interest rates are on the rise, Chou said.
\nThe central bank lifted the benchmark interest rate by 0.25 percentage points last month. The decision came after the US Federal Reserve raised its key federal funds interest rate in three increments this year to 1.75 percent.
\nAnother investment consultant said that investors could see a decent return in stock markets by the end of the year as a result of the economic recovery.
\n"People who are pursuing higher yields could put their funds in the emerging stock markets in Asian countries, including Taiwan and South Korea," said Rosaline Hsu (
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