Posted 02/08/2012 By Matt Stichnoth

HE CERTAINLY ISN'T MINCING ANY WORDS

Larry Fink is bullish  

Investors should have 100 percent of investments in equities because of valuations and higher returns than bonds, said Laurence D. Fink, chief executive officer of BlackRock Inc. (BLK), the world’s largest money manager.

Investors who seek the safety of treasury bonds will have minimal returns and will not be able to meet their needs with the U.S. Federal Reserve expected to keep interest rates low, said Fink, . . . By contrast, equities are trading at the lowest valuations in 20 or 30 years.

“I don’t have a view that the world is going to fall apart, so you need to take on more risk,” he said  . . . “You need to overcome all this noise. When you look at dividend returns on equities versus bond yields, to me it’s a pretty easy decision to be heavily in equities.” [Emph. added]

Reminder: stocks now yield more than Treasuries do, and dividends tend to grow over time. Coupons don’t. Once interest rates start to rise, fixed-income holders should beware. . . .


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