- BlackRock’s Rick Rieder told CNBC he’s not worried about stocks against the backdrop of rising yields.
- He anticipates a little uncertainty but said stocks will then “recalibrate.”
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The recent rise in bond yields has left some investors worried about what it means for the stock market, but Rick Rieder told CNBC he’s not that worried.
As the 10-year Treasury yield rose to its highest point in over a year Thursday, the CIO of global fixed income explained that the rise in yields should be taken into historical perspective.
“We started from negative 1%. The history of real rates, on average the last 25 years, the average has been about 1.5% positive and usually, when you get this sort of economic growth, you’re talking about real rates that go to 3%, 4%, 5% positive,” said Rieder. “We may get to zero percent real rates, so you still have an extremely accommodative environment.”
Economic data suggests that the US will see an “explosive growth rate,” and markets are anticipating that yields will have to move higher.
While this happens he anticipates there will be a “little bit of uncertainty” in the stock market and volatility may rise, but then stocks will “recalibrate.”
“I’m not that worried about equities,” Rieder said.
The bond chief added that there are some stocks with high-flying valuations that will likely pull back as yields move up. High-growth stocks like those in the technology sector are seen as particularly vulnerable to a move higher in yields. On Thursday the Nasdaq suffered over a 3.5% intraday decline.
Rieder mentioned that his team has been looking into specific areas of technology included AI and the semiconductor space, but they’ve also been adding outside the sector.
“We’ve added to financials. We like the cyclicals, we like the consumer space quite a bit. The adds have been bigger there than in pure technology,” Rieder said.