Had you told someone 10 years ago that whole swathes of the developed market government bond sector would be in negative territory, you would have been laughed out of offices throughout the city.
Likewise, had you said mere months ago that a coup attempt in Turkey and fears of systemic weaknesses within the Italian banking system would fail to move many market needles, a few eyebrows would have been raised.
Yet, according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch, in the past week, far from running for the hills, they have instead run for emerging markets.
The firm pointed out in its latest flow show there has been a stampede into the sector, with record inflows into EM debt funds ($4.9bn, £3.7bn) and the largest EM equity inflows in 12 months ($4.7bn) as yield-hungry investors chase carry in EM debt markets, “happily assuming every interest rate in the world will fall to zero, as well as capitulating into ‘weak dollar’ winners”.
At the same time, the volatility index has collapsed to around a two-year low and many markets are moving sideways after the initial post-Brexit moves.
All of which has a number of commentators, including International Adviser’s sister publication Portfolio Adviser, worried that perhaps markets are becoming a little too complacent.