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Southeast Asia gives investors several reasons to stay upbeat this year, says HSBC

Khairani Afifi Noordin
Khairani Afifi Noordin2/3/2022 4:4 PM GMT+08  • 7 min read
Southeast Asia gives investors several reasons to stay upbeat this year, says HSBC
Southeast Asia is on the cusp of the new dawn and is expected to experience a growth spurt
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Unlike most parts of the world that are going through economic slowdown this year in a mid-cycle economy, Southeast Asia is on the cusp of the new dawn and is expected to experience a growth spurt, says James Cheo, Southeast Asia chief investment officer (CIO) at HSBC Private Banking and Wealth Management.

He notes that Southeast Asia had a bumpy ride last year, growing at a mere 3.6%. With the economic reopening underway, the region could grow by 5.2%, translating into earnings growth of 12.3% for Southeast Asian companies.

“The structural story for Southeast Asia remains very strong,” Cheo said at the HSBC Global Private Banking and Wealth 2022 Investment Outlook. “If the region can maintain around 5% growth over the next decade, Southeast Asia is going to be the fourth largest economic bloc behind the US, China and the Eurozone. Therefore, I think investors cannot afford to ignore Southeast Asia in 2022.”

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