T. Rowe Price has retained its overweight to Australian equities as the economy is proving more resilient to inflation than other global markets.
The firm moved overweight last month after eight months in neutral positioning and said the earnings expectations looked good for the market.
Inflation in Australia was 5.1% which compared to 6.3% in the US and 9% in the United Kingdom.
In a monthly update, the firm said: “The domestic economy [in Australia] proved to be more resilient to the inflation risk and a beneficiary of geopolitical tensions. Earnings are revised higher, valuations are improving and the domestic markets appear isolated from the external risks. Housing market will be a risk to worry about at a later stage”.
Other positives included the tight labour market, healthy savings rates supporting a recovery in consumer spending and reasonable earnings expectations, particularly for materials and financials.
However, there were some negative aspects, such as deteriorating business and consumer confidence and an “unpredictable” policy by the Reserve Bank of Australia which was adding to volatility.
There were no major changes to any part of T. Rowe Price’s positioning this month with the firm remaining underweight to equities and bonds and overweight cash and alternatives. There was a modest...