2024 Mid-Year Investment Outlook

2024 Mid-Year Investment Outlook: Opportunities amidst divergence

At the mid-way point of 2024, divergence between individual economies has re-emerged as a theme. How will key economic factors play out and what will the impact on markets be?

The global economy is in a soft patch. But, despite widespread expectations of a global economic slowdown in 2024, growth and inflation have performed above expectations across most major economies. Divergence has re-emerged as a theme, with individual economies likely to see various growth and inflation experiences going forward.

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    "Our outlook for the rest of the year centres on the path of inflation and how central bankers weigh the balance of risks in beginning to ease monetary policy."

    Kristina Hooper, Invesco Chief Global Market Strategist

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In the second half of 2024, we still expect inflation to fall further across most Western developed economies, but we believe it will fall faster outside of the US. And as long as the disinflation process continues, we believe Western central banks may start to gradually cut rates before their target level for inflation is reached.

Throughout the rest of 2024, markets are likely to react to shifts in the outlook for interest rates. But in our view, the precise number of rate cuts is less important than the view that the next move is a cut rather than a hike, especially as the market narrative continues to be highly volatile.

In terms of growth, the global economy remains in a soft patch overall, but we expect to see some divergence among individual economies. In the US, we continue to expect exceptionalism in growth, and in the eurozone, we anticipate relative softness with the potential for positive surprises. In Japan, the weak yen and structural reforms have helped rekindle inflation and enabled the Bank of Japan to begin a very gentle tightening process. In China, continued weakness in the property market mixed with slowly improving consumer sentiment indicate an environment of below-trend but improving growth.

Some markets appear to have priced in much of the positive sentiment already. In fact, there’s a significant risk that some markets are overly positive and have not fully priced in potential problems. However, given the positive macro backdrop, we favor an overweight to risky assets, but would look to keep risks tightly controlled as very tight valuations limit the upside for risky assets.

Explore more of our insights for the second half in our Mid-Year Investment Outlook. 

2024 Mid-Year Investment Outlook ft. Kristina Hooper

In 2H 2024, we still expect inflation to fall further across most Western developed economies, but we believe it will fall faster outside of the US. In terms of growth, the global economy remains in a soft patch overall, but we expect to see some divergence among individual economies. Kristina Hooper shares her insights for the second half of the year in this video.

Macro views

Note: There can be no assurance that market views will come to pass.

Markets at a glance

Though divergence underpins our outlook, we see opportunities across key asset classes. 

Fixed income

Valuations in fixed income are tight, with inverted yield curves and tight credit spreads. Near term, we favor exploiting the range trade in rates. Technicals are quite positive, and in medium term, we believe current bond yields offer a buying opportunity.

Private markets

High yields and near zero duration make loans and private credit attractive in a “high for longer” environment. Real estate funds' valuations are near trough levels. Private equity general partners (GPs) are highly incentivised to ramp up deployment as dry powder ages.

Emerging markets (EM)

The Fed pivot back to “high for longer” has discouraged EM flows, but specific stories stand out: India’s fast growth; Turkey, Argentina turnarounds; high yields in LatAm and Central Europe. As Fed rate cuts  materialize, we expect the dollar to soften, supporting the EM asset class.

Investment implications: Favored assets in the period ahead

Source: Invesco, as of May 31, 2024.

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Risk warnings

  • The value of investments and any income will fluctuate (this may partly be the result of exchange-rate fluctuations) and investors may not get back the full amount invested.

Important information

  • All data as of May 31 2024, unless otherwise stated.

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