The chart below shows this outperformance over three years, as well as the close correlation of the MSCI World Index to the US market (S&P 500). Having seen significant outflows in 2022, the start of 2023 has seen some inflows to Europe. We think there are several reasons why investors should consider increasing their allocation to European equities.
Note: LTM shows 1-year numbers
The contrast between equity returns and the economic growth reflects the fact that Europe is home to many leading global companies, particularly within luxury goods (LVMH, Richemont), healthcare (Novo Nordisk), and consumer staples (Nestle, L’Oréal). Indeed, less than 50% of the revenue for European companies comes from Europe; these companies are based in Europe but global in nature – as is our strategy.
We believe that ignoring or underallocating to Europe is passing up an opportunity to invest in a large market with global-leading companies in growth markets that you can’t get access to elsewhere. For example, luxury goods demand is growing globally and it is European companies as noted above that have the brands that people want to own.
Please note: Stock examples are for illustrative purposes only and are not a recommendation to buy or sell.
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