BY KIM LEE, SENIOR FUND MANAGER
Much like November, Asian markets traded in a narrow range in December and were broadly flat in sterling terms. This was largely because the Chinese government continued to tighten policy at the margin, whilst investors also took profits in what has been a strongly performing market in 2017. For example, what many investors do not realise is that fund managers in China must realise their profits for it to count towards their calendar year’s performance figures. This causes a number of the most popular stocks to be net sellers in December, putting some downward pressure on the market.
During the month we continued to reduce our exposure to China, switching into more defensive, value plays, particularly in companies based in the ASEAN (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand) nations. This is because monetary conditions are tightening globally, demonstrated by the most recent interest rate hikes from the US Federal Reserve as well as People’s Bank of China. Higher rates tend to benefit the more value parts of the market.
Looking forward, we expect to maintain this positioning in the short-term, whilst also maintaining a small cash weighting. However, we are looking to re-build our position in China and sectors that have had a decent correction.
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