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Market weekly – Strong fundamentals underpin Asian equities (podcast)

Asian equities rode high early in the year amid optimism over the recovery in China, the new US administration and improved relations with China, and the advent of vaccines. The outlook for investor flows into much of the region remains positive, even after a recent valuation-related setback. Zhikai Chen, head of Asian equities, discusses the prospects for the asset class this year.

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