The current economic environment is in many respects unprecedented. In the last century, perhaps with the exception of the world wars, almost all financial crises have been ‘financial’ in nature. Today’s crisis is different: it is not just about ownership or claims on assets, it is a public health crisis. When the coronavirus pandemic eventually recedes, what will a recovery in equities look like?
Hosted by Jonathan Pines, Lead Manager on Hermes Asia ex-Japan, we consider the potential outcomes from the coronavirus crisis, discuss how our Asia ex-Japan portfolio is positioned to weather volatility and share fund performance year-to-date.
Jonathan joined the international business of Federated Hermes in March 2009 as portfolio manager responsible for Asia ex-Japan within the Emerging Markets strategy. Jonathan has been lead portfolio manager for the Asia ex-Japan strategy since its launch at the start of 2010. Prior to joining, he was a fund manager at RAB Capital and an analyst at Orbis Investment Advisory in London. Jonathan grew up in South Africa, where he was a partner at PKF Johannesburg. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, is a CFA charterholder and a chartered accountant. Jonathan was awarded with Investment Week’s Fund Manager of the Year Award for Asian equity in 2018 and 2016 and, under Jonathan’s management, the Asia ex-Japan strategy has been awarded Asian Investor's Asset Management Award for best Asia ex-Japan equity strategy; Portfolio Adviser’s Platinum Award for Asia Pacific ex-Japan Equity in 2017; and Citywire Asia's Asia ex-Japan Group Award in 2016.
Covid-19 has resulted in a paradigm shift: it has thrown into sharp focus the need for resilient healthcare systems and supply chains, while also highlighting the climate change crisis and workers’ rights issues.