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Goldman Sachs note investor interest in "the potential for and risks of higher US real rates" (judged by fast-increasing TIPS yields) ahead amid US fiscal stimulus.
- Having looked at historic episodes of real rate spikes, Goldman concludes the degree of broader market impact "matters whether higher real rates are 'growth" or "policy' driven".
- So if spurred by improving economic growth expectations then US equities and credit likely to see only a limited impact, whereas shifts driven by hawkish monetary policy are more impactful. The latter includes for example the 2013 'Taper Tantrum'.
- In these real rate spike episodes, generally: US real and nominal rates rose across the curve; USD strengthened; US equity indices rose; credit spreads were mixed; gold lower, oil higher; EM equities weakened in USD terms.
- Goldman sees tech stocks as vulnerable to higher real rates whereas bank stocks outperform; sees protection against higher rates via "tilting portfolios toward less rate-sensitive areas", gold (presumably, they mean, to the downside) and USD/JPY offer "good optionality for scenarios in which real rates rise more quickly". US yields likely to rise relative to European yields.