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Investment Monthly: Quality assets remain in favour amid tight financial conditions and market uncertainty

6 Dec 2023

Willem Sels

Global Chief Investment Officer HSBC Global Private Banking and Wealth

Lucia Ku

Global Head of Wealth Insights HSBC Wealth and Personal Banking

Key takeaways

  • Although developed markets central banks have paused their rate hikes, policy rates should remain high for now, leading to tight financial conditions. We do not think that low quality bonds adequately compensate for rising default risks. So, we continue to favour high quality bonds such as DM government bonds (7-10 years), investment grade credits (5-7 years), and Indian local currency bonds.
  • Continued disinflation in the US (3.2% in October), solid economic growth, lower valuations and the Fed pause are positive for US equities. We remain overweight on US equities and favour US consumer discretionary as disposable income rises while technology is set to lift productivity. Healthcare is also likely to be boosted by innovative technologies and demand for new products.
  • We prefer large-cap companies as they are better positioned amid global economic slowdown and market uncertainty. Apart from US equities, we remain positive on Asia, particularly India and Indonesia. We also see opportunities in South Korea as the global tech cycle improves, alongside reasonable valuations and strong earnings prospects. A focus on quality and diversification remains our core investment strategy to capture growth potential while mitigating risks.

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