Take the long term view on Greece

The proof of the pudding is in the eating. In spite of volatility, European risk assets have been one of the bright spots on the investment horizon this year. The Eurofirst 300 equity index is up about 15% in this period. The market, while nervous about Greece and possible contagion risks, recognises that this is not the Europe of 2012, 2013 or even 2014. The Europe of 2015 has relatively stable banks, a strengthening economy, a supportive central bank and even the green shoots of inflation.

Taking a long term view, we maintain our positive bias to global equities as they continue to be a good source of returns for investors. Valuations are around the long term averages. Momentum continues to be positive for now. Sentiment, while positive, is by no means euphoric. As such, the bulk of our assets remain in equities and we remain moderately risk-on. Nonetheless, over the year, we have been decreasing our exposure to risk across our equity and fixed income holdings. We are aware that markets can strike with lightening speed. We continue to follow the unfolding situation in Greece closely and stand ready to act if the conditions so require it.


Mouhammed Choukeir is CIO at Kleinwort Benson

Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 17 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments. From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope. Jonathan was awarded Editor of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the same in 2016, he was also shortlisted in 2017 and 2015 for the broader PPA Awards category Editor of the Year (Business Media).

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