An influx of liquidity from Chinese investors, coupled with the central bank’s recent rate cuts, has propelled China’s equity markets to big gains. We book another solid profit on one of our previous picks, highlight our favorite Chinese stocks and identify two other Asian equity markets that should ride this liquidity wave higher.
European equities have delivered impressive total returns this year on a constant-currency basis, but currency headwinds have eroded these gains for US investors. We take profits on previous picks, update our outlook for the EU economy and highlight some new favorites.
The long-term growth story for Asia’s emerging markets will gain support from reform efforts under way in China, India and Indonesia. Reasonable valuations in these equity markets create a decent entry point for patient investors who take the long view.
Concerns about slowing economic growth in China, coupled with supply overhangs in many key commodity markets, have weighed on share prices in the mining industry. But bargains abound for income-seeking investors with the patience to wait for a recovery.
The last of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “three arrows”—structural reforms—will be critical to ending stagflation and stimulating Japan’s economy. We dig into Japan’s macroeconomic picture and highlight our favorite stocks.
Asia’s emerging markets remain some of the best long-term growth stories and should be at the top of your shopping list. Chinese equities still trade at relatively low valuations, giving savvy investors an opportunity to be selective and stock up on best-of-breed names.
With the European Central Bank planning to start buying bonds and asset-backed securities, cyclical stocks represent the best bet for value-oriented investors seeking exposure to the Continent’s comeback story.
With the MSCI World Index hitting a new high, some pundits have warned of an unsustainable equity bubble. But valuations look reasonable in many international markets. Asia offers the best risk-reward proposition for the back half of 2014 and the long term.
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