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Investment Outlook 2022

In our 2022 Investment Outlook, we seek to help investors to navigate the rapids as the global economy stabilises during the next phases of the economic recovery. We also consider the possible broader consequences for macroeconomic policy as the world tackles the social and economic challenges laid bare by the pandemic.

Macroeconomics and markets

Our macroeconomics and markets sections highlight that:

  • While some production constraints will remain well into 2022, they will be resolved eventually, enabling economies to revert to trend growth rates without generating higher inflation.
  • Substantial accumulated household savings mean consumers have the resources to go on a spending spree that could have inflationary consequences. If, however, the after-effects of living through a global pandemic inhibit consumption, central bank and state support may be needed to encourage demand.
  • We expect the momentum behind rising wages to fade as employers adjust processes and invest capital to reduce their dependence on labour. Today’s relative weakness of organised labour means comparisons with the 1970s are inappropriate.
  • Equities will struggle to generate above-average returns in 2022. European equities look set to make up lost ground with their US peers. One of the critical calls will be whether value stocks can begin to reverse their underperformance of the last several years. The wide valuation gap between value and growth stocks and the prospect of higher interest rates suggest upside is ahead.
  • While intransigent inflation is likely to lead the US Federal Reserve to raise policy rates several times in 2022, we expect only a short cycle of increases in key rates. The upside of longer-term US Treasury bond yields should be limited by capped inflation expectations and the size of the Fed’s balance sheet keeping real yields low.

A sustainable recovery

We devote a significant section of our outlook to the opportunities we believe the green economic transformation can offer investors.

The current crisis is a reminder that we as investors must align investing with the realisation of sustainable long-term growth. Investing for the long run will be crucial, because the typical 3-5 year investment cycle does not match the lifespan of financing the shift to green hydrogen or the innovation required to achieve e-mobility, restore natural capital and build green infrastructure.

Investment themes for the long run

Our investment themes for 2022 have both a sustainable angle – energy transition and environmental sustainability – and a focus on long-running trends including healthcare innovation and disruption via new technology.

Our regional spotlight focuses on China, the world’s fastest growing major economy, home to many innovative companies and a market that increasingly warrants a standalone allocation within multi-asset portfolios.

For more on what’s next for the global economy and the implications for investors, read our full Investment Outlook.

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