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Investors shouldn’t shun China, says Swiss fund body

Investors shouldn’t shun China, says Swiss fund body

The Chinese market corrections seen over the start of 2016 do not mean investors should run scared from the emerging market nation, according to leading fund selectors in Switzerland.

That was the consensus view of selectors, strategies and investors polled during the most recent quarterly meeting of the Investment Strategist Association of Geneva.

When asked whether they would now look to completely avoid China, members of the group were resolute, with 73% stating it was not the time to remove capital.

This compares with 18% who believe it would be a smart move to shed exposure in the wake of the market suspensions and difficulties seen over the course of January. Nine per cent were undecided.

The group, known as ISAG, has previously shown a strong home bias, with European equities and US equities proving the most popular areas of discussion and investment.

At its December meeting, the group reiterated its prediction that European equities would prove a more fruitful investment than their North American counterparts over the course of 2016.

This strong stance on China marks the latest incident in which ISAG has shown a firm line of thinking when asked about a macro matter. At its January meeting in 2015, the group was surveyed on its view of frontier markets, with 89% stating it was not an area of interest for investors.

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