14 September 2020

Shifting sands: changes in trade and investment in an uncertain world

Jonathan Aiken, CFA

Unparalleled economic disruption, a resurgence in COVID-19 cases and heightened trade tensions are stealing newspaper headlines but also mask fundamental developments in trade and investment. In this piece, we examine some of the latest market trends that are taking place in Asia and globally against a backdrop of increased economic uncertainty and geopolitical tension.

The Asian Century
The rise of Asia remains undisputed and will continue to power global GDP growth going forward. A brief glance shows unparalleled milestones:
– 50% of world GDP is expected to be Asian by 2024, and drive 40% of the world’s consumption
– 21 of the top 30 largest cities are now in Asia
– From 2000 to 2019, China increased its GDP from just over US$1trillion to US$14trillion

While 2021 will see some rebound in western economies as they emerge from COVID, this economic growth is likely to be lacklustre compared with mid and long-term growth rates in Asia.

In our latest piece, Shifting sands: changes in trade and investment in an uncertain world, the BDA team examined some of the latest market trends that are taking place in Asia and globally against a backdrop of increased economic uncertainty and geopolitical tension. We look forward to helping you make sense of these changes and navigate through uncharted waters.


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We hope you find it helpful. If you would like to discuss, please contact us:

Jonathan Aiken, Managing Director, London: jaiken@bdapartners.com

Simon Kavanagh, Managing Director, Hong Kong: skavanagh@bdapartners.com

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