Country Trumps Sector
Switching between equity regions will be a theme in 2024
Our models do not currently identify much opportunity for generating outperformance by switching between asset classes and most of our equity sector models are reducing their recommended active weight. We still think that above average exposure to cash and short-dated bonds is a good idea. However, they may be some opportunities for switching between equity regions, which will be affected by changing perceptions of political risk as we move through the year. The important thing is to stay nimble and remember that other people have opinions too. One example of this is in EM Equities, where India vs China is now priced for perfection, which doesn’t reflect the fact that India has a general election in April or May.