BY KIM LEE, SENIOR FUND MANAGER
March was a tricky month for global equity markets, as investors continued to prefer ‘safe haven’ assets such as government bonds. Pleasingly, Asian markets largely outperformed their developed market counterparts as the domestic growth story remained strong. We believe the higher volatility of late has been primarily driven by sentiment, with the fundamentally attractive backdrop being ignored.
For example, the recent Chinese National Party Congress (NPC) has anointed President Xi Jinping as ‘President for Life’. In the short-term this should be a positive for the market, as reforms such as the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative continues. In addition, the domestic consumption story in China continues to be very strong, with growth in third tier cities and in the online space two areas we are particularly focused on.
However, risks do remain. We are closely monitoring China’s dialogue with the US, which has been more constructive in recent days. In addition, the medium to long-term impacts of President Xi’s appointment are still uncertain. Nonetheless, we believe Asian equities are well-placed to continue their strong performance in 2018 and beyond, particularly given the strength of the consumption growth story.
Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of investments may fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount invested. Currency fluctuations can also affect performance. Due to the underlying assets held, the price of the Fund is classed as having above average to high volatility.
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