With unstable markets and a relatively low yen, the Japanese corporate pension fund faces plenty of challenges — but a multi-pronged investment strategy for next year is taking form.
Concerns remain on whether interest rate hikes by the Fed will be able to slow economic activity and tame inflation — or push the US economy into recession, triggering major uncertainties for Asian capital markets.
An impending series of interest rate increases and the deterioration in relations between Russia and the West over Ukraine have worried investors in recent weeks, hence the volatility in US equities in particular.
The stock’s promising performance stands in sharp contrast to the less fortunate fates of other Chinese companies that have been affected by government clampdowns.
Despite strong GDP growth, Singapore’s equities lag developed market benchmarks, and valuations remain high, but experts expect more normalisation of the economy across Asean markets in 2022.
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Inflation, fluctuating interest rates, Covid-19 shutdowns, and sporadic reopenings have led to bouts of volatility in the market, with tech stocks bearing the brunt of the selling over the last month.
The valuation gap and earnings growth potential pose opportunities in European equities, particularly in cyclical industrials and ESG themes.
Some correction can generally be expected, but dividend-yielding sectors such as financials and healthcare hold opportunities in the near future, experts say.
The third-largest pension fund in the world is still planning to reduce domestic equities despite calls from retail investors for it to support local stock prices.
With Covid-19 driving technology share prices to record levels, even the threat of tighter regulation in the US has had little impact on valuations in the sector.
The largest lifer in Taiwan is confident that it can buffer volatility in the equity market and will pay attention to good investment opportunities in domestic stocks.