Neil is a portfolio manager and the Global Strategist with Allianz Global Investors, which he joined in 2001. He coordinates and chairs the Global Policy Committee, which formulates the firm’s house view, leads the firm’s bi-annual Investment Forums and communicates the firm’s investment outlook through articles and press appearances.
Neil is a member of AllianzGI’s Equity Investment Management Group. He previously worked at JP Morgan Investment Management as a UK and European specialist portfolio manager; at Fleming Investment Management; and at Kleinwort Benson Investment Management as an analyst and a fund manager.
Neil has a B.A. in classics from Durham University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
We expect this outbreak to hurt China’s economy in the short term, but we are still positive about the country’s long-term prospects. Throughout Asia, supply-chain troubles will likely have a broadly negative effect. But we don’t expect the global economy to be hit as hard as China’s: central-bank policies, corporate earnings and stabilizing economic fundamentals still seem supportive of global risk assets.
The financial markets are signalling that the situation in the Middle East won’t get out of hand, but US-Iran friction could continue for some time. The defence industry and oil and gas-related sectors could remain well-supported, but overall we believe investors should be cautious yet patient. Look to higher-quality stocks with lower correlations to the broader market and “hunt for income” if headline volatility is a risk you wish to avoid.