Commodity-heavy regions at an advantage

Concise summary of the assessments and allocation results of the Investment Committee of Berenberg Wealth and Asset Management – Transparent insights

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At a glance


  • Putin’s invasion of Ukraine weighs on the economy. Europe is hit much harder than the US.
  • Higher prices for energy, food and raw materials are causing an inflation shock.
  • In the course of the year, the economy should recover from the shock and growth should return.


  • Russia-Ukraine war triggers significant sell-off in equities. Cyclical equities are heavily weighed down by stagflation concerns.
  • Equity regions with many commodity companies are at an advantage. Strong pessimism offers opportunities for recovery.
  • Asymmetric risk-reward ratio favours equities, which is why we are maintaining our moderate overweight.


  • Safe haven government bonds have benefited. The geopolitical crisis does not change our medium-term interest rate outlook.
  • Corporate bonds are increasingly attractive due to widening spreads and rising interest rates. Opportunities are on the horizon.
  • We are underweight bonds and remain overweight corporate bonds; duration: short.


  • Gold benefited as a safe haven. Possible headwind from real interest rates only moderate with simultaneously rising interest rates.
  • Supply shortage drives oil price up. Further sanctions and supply cuts by Russia provide upward pressure.
  • Industrial metals are supported by high oil prices and supply concerns. Decarbonisation accelerates as a long-term driver.


  • The Russia-Ukraine war is driving investors into safe havens. The US dollar, Swiss franc and yen are benefitting.
  • These are difficult times for the euro – the regional proximity to the Ukraine-Russia war is a relative burdening factor.
  • The Bank of England’s interest rate turnaround marches ahead. The British pound continues to strive upwards.