Investment Strategy: Taking money off the table by reducing stocks and selling gold

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The continued stock market rally has been a welcome surprise for most investors. After the dismal fourth quarter of 2018, the rising markets have enabled investors to more than recover from the harsh decline at the end last year.

The most significant positive influence on markets has been a shift among central banks in the US, Europe and China, to a more accommodative stance. It was a major u-turn in policy. Once again, monetary stimulus in the form of lower interest rates and bond buying programmes are back in vogue. In this environment, gold prices have also risen, reaching ABN AMRO’s end-of-year forecast price earlier than expected. The ABN AMRO Investment Committee is taking advantage of the positive turn in markets by deciding to reduce stocks and sell gold. 

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