HSBC backs US, Switzerland, Korea, Taiwan

The US, Switzerland, Korea and Taiwan have topped the list in HSBC’s preferred countries for equity market allocation, based on an assessment of exposure to global fundamental issues and valuation risk.

In a report led by HSBC’s head of investment strategy Willem Sels, the bank has determined those four countries are least likely both to become risk averse and to be hit by concerns over the wider economic climate – consequently they are recommended locations for investment in the current environment.

Germany does not quite make that category, scoring an average rather than below exposure to global issues, but the bank say prefers its prospects compared with other Eurozone countries.

Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and Canada are also highlighted as preferred countries, based on a consensus that China will resume growth.

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