BY KIM LEE, SENIOR FUND MANAGER
Despite some volatility, Asian equities performed strongly in sterling terms in April, with India a strong performer. This was the result of the market recovering somewhat following a period of weakness. This was beneficial for the Fund. Elsewhere, we saw strength in Hong Kong and Singapore, most notably in the financials space.
However, the biggest news in the region was the historic crossing of North Korean President Kim Jong-un into South Korea to meet with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in. The two announced plans to end the Korean War and pursue denuclearisation, which would be a big positive for the region across a wide range industries. Further positive news also came from China, as both President Xi Jinping and People’s Bank of China governor Yi Gang spoke about opening up the Chinese market at the Boao Forum.
We are pleased that dialogue between China and the US in particular appears constructive and we will continue to monitor this China’s dialogue, as well as keep a close eye on the Korean peninsula. Outside of the macroeconomic and political spheres, the fundamental growth outlook for Asian equities remains compelling, particularly on the domestic front. For example the Fund retains significant exposure to the consumption story in China, where there are a number of exciting stock-specific opportunities, such as hypermarket operator Sun Art Retail.
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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