Global central bankers are in interest rate-cutting mode recently, as policy makers attempt to avert or mitigate a global recession.
However, that dynamic promises to be one in which the stock market can prosper, with investments that offer dividends attracting investors, said Mark Mobius, the octogenarian investment manager who co-founded Mobius Capital Partners last year after a three-decade run at Franklin Templeton Investments.
“Globally this is a really amazing situation. Everyone seems to be racing to the bottom. Which is actually going to result in the market doing very well,” Mobius told MarketWatch in a Thursday phone interview.
“Interest rates where they are, stocks begin to look much more attractive,” he said.
Mobius is a pioneer in emerging-market investments and has previously told MarketWatch’s William Watts that clashes between the U.S. and China over trade policy were casting a cloud over global economic growth.
Support from central bankers, however, may provide the stimulus needed for stocks to remain buoyant — at least in the near term, Mobius said.
His comments come as The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that a European Central Bank board member, Ollie Rehn, said the ECB in September would unfurl a potent batch of stimulus measures that should include “substantial and sufficient” bond purchases as well as cuts to the bank’s key interest to prevent weakness emanating from China hitting the eurozone.
On top of that, Mexico’s central bank cut interest rates Thursday for the first time in five years as its economy is faltering.
Investors in the U.S. are increasingly expecting the Federal Reserve to trim interest rates when policy makers conclude a two-day gathering on Sept. 18.
The central bank easy money-regime has fostered an atmosphere in which some $15 trillion in sovereign debt yields less than zero percent, meaning that investors receive less than their original investment when they purchase government-backed debt.
Against that backdrop, Mobius says yield-bearing investments will be coveted.
“You have lot of money chasing after where they can get some yield,” he said.
“Which is why I have been telling my analysts, ‘let’s look for stocks that have some yield that is what people are going to want’,” he said.
Markets, however, have been on edge, a day after the Dow Jones Industrial index DJIA, +0.39% posted its worst decline of 2019 and the S&P 500 SPX, +0.25% and Nasdaq Composite indexes COMP, -0.09% booked their second-worst sessions of the year.