RSS Feed Showing its age, the long bull market cycle of excess stock and bond returns is expected to finally wind down next year, but not before one last hurrah, according to BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research, which today issued its outlook for the global markets and economy in For the year ahead, the Research team forecasts modest gains in equities and credit, a weaker dollar, widening credit spreads, and a flattening to inverted yield curve, signaling a tighter squeeze on liquidity that calls for higher levels of volatility. This comes against a backdrop of slowing, but still-healthy economic growth; mild inflation, except in the U. Two big themes are expected to affect asset returns and the pace of economic growth in 1 An unprecedented level of global monetary policy divergence as the U.

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