A Constructive View on Growth Stocks
Jennison Associates views growth stocks capitalizing on big secular trends as positioned for prominence amid unsettled broader earnings conditions.
Investors should gain insight in 2023 into matters that inspired widespread uncertainty over the past year. Dr. Sushil Wadhwani, CBE, Chief Investment Officer at PGIM Wadhwani, highlights key questions for the coming year and explains how investors with the flexibility to capitalize on unfolding events can position themselves well no matter what answers ultimately emerge.
Whether the Federal Reserve will engineer a soft landing, with interest rate hikes arresting inflation without precipitating a recession, is a critical question given its implications for earnings and, by extension, equities. The short answer to that question, according to PGIM Wadhwani’s models, is probably not.
“We believe a recession in the U.S. is more than 70% likely, and that the probability of a recession in the Eurozone and U.K. is even higher than that,” he said.
Another important question for 2023 involves the approach investors should take to mitigate equity risk in their portfolios. Stocks and bonds traded together throughout much of 2022, revealing shortcomings in traditional long-only diversification efforts emphasizing bonds as an offsetting ballast to equities.
Flexibility and agility can help address both sources of uncertainty.
Based on its recession forecast, PGIM Wadhwani considers the ability to take short positions to be an important option in 2023, particularly in the first half. Should conditions improve before year’s end, the agility to change course and embrace long positions could be crucial as well. Likewise, directional trading and wider latitude regarding investment options can enhance efforts to diversify return sources.
Beyond the obvious questions, flexibility and agility can also demonstrate their value as surprises surface from the precarious geopolitical environment.
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