Against a backdrop of the ongoing pandemic, tighter regulation in China, and the prospect of reduced policy support from global central banks, 2021 has not been without its risks. However, as we look to the new year, we see opportunities for careful, bottom-up stock pickers in a wide range of industries across Asia
It is hard to predict how markets will behave in a year’s time. Still, we believe that most emerging economies' underlying structural growth trends will continue to drive corporate earnings and returns for investors over the medium-to-long term. While we remain aware of what is happening on the macroeconomic and political fronts, we will stay focused on the companies we either own or want to include in the strategy to drive alpha for our investors.
We expect global mid-cap equities to generate sustainable and healthy returns, with investors paying more attention to fundamentals versus the momentum-driven recent past. In 2022, we will consider the risks posed by inflation and continue to seek strong industry structures, capable management teams with capital discipline, and clear valuation-driven opportunities.
We are more optimistic about the investment outlook for China in 2022, especially relative to other emerging and developed markets. The country’s economic growth is being driven by both the policy and liquidity cycles, and we believe that monetary tightening has peaked. As such, we expect to see improvements in liquidity conditions.