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Time to look for bargains with pricing power

Time to look for bargains with pricing power

30-03-2022 | Insight

It’s hugely difficult to make confident predictions in the current environment. That said, going into the second quarter of the year we maintain our positive outlook for developed equities despite the geopolitical turbulence that has arisen over the past quarter. We’re also maintaining our neutral stance on emerging equities for now, although we believe they could be poised to outperform later in the year.

  • Arnout  van Rijn
    Arnout
    van Rijn
    CIO Asia Pacific
  • Audrey Kaplan
    Audrey
    Kaplan
    Portfolio Manager
  • Michiel  Plakman
    Michiel
    Plakman
    Lead Portfolio Manager
  • Wim-Hein  Pals
    Wim-Hein
    Pals
    Head of Emerging Markets team

Speed read

  • Monetary authorities set to hike, while corporates are seeing pressure on earnings
  • Energy inflation hurting Europe more than the US
  • Value and pricing power important in determining performance potential

Everyone has been shocked by the terrible events in Ukraine over the past few weeks. For now, investors are mostly feeling their impact through higher input prices in general and commodity prices in particular. The big question is what the combined impact of higher inflation and higher rates will be on economic growth and profitability.

With plenty of uncertainty around, investors may be thinking about looking for safety in the fixed income markets, but bonds’ nominal returns remain very low. Equity investors will need to be more selective, but we are not downbeat about equities’ prospects. Stocks retain their appeal as they are backed by real assets, which tend to move in line with inflation to a certain extent. What’s more, companies can adjust their prices when inflation bites.

We believe pricing power will be an important theme to look for in Q2, and that value could extend its outperformance of growth. Meanwhile, the US looks more attractive than Europe as it is less impacted by energy-price inflation.

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