01 Feb 2024
CONTRIBUTORS | Zehrid Osmani, Head of Global Long Term Unconstrained, Senior Portfolio Manager
In the face of economic uncertainty, European equities offer opportunities for the selective quality growth investor. In 2024, we foresee inflation to be stickier and longer lasting with slower economic growth, particularly in the US and China. In Europe and the UK, we continue to forecast ongoing stagflation.
Despite the muted growth outlook, the expected pivot by the European Central Bank (ECB), and other central banks, has the potential to be supportive for equity markets. European equities also offer more valuation support relative to history and other developed market equities.
We see opportunities for long term investors in structural growth segments such as high-end consumer goods, energy transition and disruptive technology.
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