Europe: what if the cost of capital starts to rise?

Since 2007, the sharp drop in interest rates has lifted the valuations of all assets, with the longest duration assets gaining the most. The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has caused another flight to “safety”, with a series of record lows in bond yields and record highs in bond prices. With the German 10 year yield dropping to -20 basis points, and the Swiss yield curve negative looking out 50 years, it is worth investors asking themselves the question of how their portfolios will perform if bond yields were, one day, to rise.

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