Talkingpoint - 2007 outlook

Change is in the air for 2007. A deterioration in credit quality and concomitant rise in default rates may presage a tough year. We asked five leading market participants for their outlook



We have a neutral allocation to global credit for 2007. Fundamentally, credit quality is currently supportive, with default rates set to stay low into 2007 and corporate balance sheets still cash-rich. Global liquidity remains robust and the combination of low real rates (albeit on the increase), Asian-driven growth and the commodity boom will continue to fuel liquidity in 2007.

However we are starting to see a turn in the

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