BY KIM LEE, SENIOR FUND MANAGER
Asian equities struggled in the third quarter, as trade war rhetoric continued between the US and China. This caused a sell-off in the market as the outcome is still very uncertain. However, despite this short-term noise, we believe the long-term outlook remains fundamentally positive. Market falls in China have been very much sentiment-driven, as the US accounts for just 5% of the sales of listed Chinese stocks – the domestic market is much more important.
Foreign investment is also continuing apace, with BMW for example producing the new iX3 in the country. Therefore, although the US is pulling back, China remains an incredibly important market for global multinationals. Elsewhere, there are also numerous other opportunities across the region, with the ASEAN nations benefiting from the burgeoning middle classes, Australia offering value and M&A opportunities and Korea home to a high concentration of technology and biotech companies.
We have retained conviction in the Fund’s positioning, focusing on our favoured areas which include Chinese consumption, electric vehicles, innovation and automation and the urbanisation of the Greater Bay Area, linking South China, Hong Kong and Macau. Although the market may be driven more by noise and sentiment in the short-term, we believe these offer long-term value for investors in Asian equities.
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