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In its 2024 Mid-Year Investments Outlook, JP Morgan Private Bank reports that the global economy remains robust despite ongoing inflationary pressures. Grace Peters, the bank’s Global Head of Investment Strategy, highlighted the theme “A Strong Economy in a Fragile World,” pointing to a complex interplay of economic strength and significant risks.

Economic Resilience Amid Inflation

The report notes that although inflation has not decreased as quickly as anticipated, the global economy is showing unexpected strength. Peters emphasized the dual nature of the current economic climate, with higher growth, bond yields, and equity valuations on one side, and persistent inflation and geopolitical risks on the other.

Support from Policy Easing

Jacob Manoukian, US Head of Investment Strategy, explained that the Federal Reserve’s decision to maintain steady rates until inflation declines further contrasts with other central banks that have begun cutting rates. This policy easing is expected to support global risk assets, akin to the trends seen in the 1990s.

Manoukian also highlighted strong household spending in the US, which is driving corporate profits. Companies are leveraging this environment to invest in future growth, particularly in artificial intelligence, which could significantly enhance productivity by the end of the decade.

Managing Uncertainties

Despite the positive outlook, Thomas Kennedy, Chief Investment Strategist, acknowledged key uncertainties such as geopolitical risks and the forthcoming US election. He advised investors to maintain diversified portfolios and not to be swayed by election results, emphasizing a focus on long-term goals.

Kennedy recommended a balanced investment approach: global equities for growth, real assets to hedge against inflation, and bonds for income and risk management.

European Corporate Strength

European companies are increasingly prioritizing shareholder returns through rising dividends and share buybacks. This shift is supported by improving economic fundamentals in the eurozone, with positive consumer health and a strong corporate profit outlook.

Erik Wytenus, EMEA Head of Investment Strategy, pointed out that leading European companies are well-positioned to benefit from the global economy’s resilience.

Japan’s Economic Transformation

Japan is experiencing a period of nominal economic growth and controlled inflation, driven by significant corporate governance reforms. These reforms are enhancing efficiency and profitability, leading to increased shareholder value.

Alex Wolf, Asia Head of Investment Strategy, observed that Japanese stocks remain undervalued and are expected to attract global investor interest, particularly in sectors such as financials, consumer discretionary, technology, industrials, and real estate.

Opportunities in Latin America

Latin America’s rich natural resources continue to be a significant economic driver, particularly in mining. The region’s equity markets are attractive, offering solid earnings and favorable valuations.

Nur Cristiani, Latin America Head of Investment Strategy, noted that Latin American stocks are currently trading at a compelling 9x 12-month forward price-to-earnings ratio, positioning the region as an appealing investment opportunity.

JP Morgan’s 2024 Mid-Year Investments Outlook highlights a global economy that, while facing challenges, is poised for growth driven by strategic investments and regional opportunities.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

12th June, 2024

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