Mohamed El-Erian said he's favoring cash as well as the riskiest investments, such as venture capital, in his own portfolio.

El-Erian is less bullish on publicly traded securities such as stocks and bonds because global central banks have pushed their prices to "distorted" levels, he said in an interview in Singapore. Cash comprises about 30 percent of his portfolio, which is more than most people have, according to El-Erian.

"There's enormous risk in public markets because that's the one that central banks have distorted to the greatest extent," said El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz SE and a Bloomberg View columnist. "It's very hard to say I'm going to buy a basket of public equities and go to sleep for the next five to 10 years and feel good about the returns. Similarly with bonds."

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