The case for UK Equities

Park the pessimism, time for positivity on UK Equities
Wes McCoy, Investment Director, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Wes McCoy, Investment Director, Aberdeen Standard Investments


The negative mood enveloping UK equities looks overdone – we argue there are compelling reasons for investing at the current time. In particular, the consensual pessimism has created pricing anomalies that, for bottom-up stock-pickers, offer meaningful upside return opportunities.

The BAML global fund manager April survey revealed that UK equities are considered the least attractive asset class, with UK equity market returns having lagged most other major indices. While most internationally-focused stocks have held up comparatively well, UK-domestic stocks are singularly unloved, trading at valuations last seen post the 2008 financial crisis. Historically, such circumstances have proved fertile hunting ground for stock-pickers. Indeed, our analysis reveals many of these stocks continue to benefit from strong fundamentals and a positive outlook.

In his webinar, Wes McCoy, Investment Director Aberdeen Standard Investments, looks at what is weighing on investor sentiment, if this is justified and explains why he believes now is the time to revisit UK Equities.

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