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Annual Outlook 2021 | BNP Paribas Mutual Fund

Annual Outlook 2021

The year 2020 was to lay the foundation for growth in the roaring twenties (2020s). Instead, it put the world on pause.

The COVID-19 pandemic is possibly the biggest challenge that humankind has had to face in our lifetimes, an adversity of extreme proportions. With the spread of the virus, governments across the world resorted to lockdowns and implemented social distancing norms. Lives were lost and livelihoods were severely affected, with the economic activity coming to a virtual standstill. State and citizenry joined hands and have been fighting the pandemic over several months.

However, just as day follows night, we are now beginning to see light emerge at the end of the tunnel. Accelerated efforts by the global scientist and medical communities have borne fruit in the form of several COVID vaccines that promise to be effective. Thus, now is not the time to ruminate about the past, but an opportunity for us to envisage the trajectory of the next normal.

In this year’s Annual Outlook, we take a closer look at the themes that could play out in the year ahead and ones that could help reimagine a better, stronger tomorrow.

The year 2020 has seen paradigm shifts in the way we work, interact, communicate and consume. These shifts have engendered great opportunities for economies and businesses that can proactively position themselves for the next normal. In order to move towards structured recovery and sustainability, enterprises need to focus on reimagining and re-envisioning their business processes and operating models. From a macro perspective, India is poised to capitalise on the ongoing shifts in the global supply chain. However, this will require a focused approach by the government and the announcement of supportive schemes that can attract foreign capital.

From a micro perspective, we expect the emergence of new workspaces and new business models that could be a combination of Work from Home (WFH) and Work from Office (WFO). Depending on the imperatives of the sector, the most viable model will be adopted. We are also likely to see market leaders outperform challengers, including those in the informal sector, due to their inherent strength and ability to tackle the challenges of the previous year. Further, the prevailing low interest rate regime is likely to augur well for business activity and provide an impetus to the housing sector.

We believe that in 2021, businesses are likely to focus on reimagining and re-envisioning of their processes and operating models to move towards structured recovery and sustainability.

As part of the global BNP Paribas Asset Management group that is one of the distinguished proponents of ESG, we have keenly observed India’s rising status in ESG amongst other emerging economies. Indian corporates have become more conscious about ESG and investors are now increasingly looking for companies that are more socially and environmentally conscious. This is evident from the high number of ESG funds that have been launched in the past year, across the mutual fund industry.

All these factors combined are likely to create a fertile environment for India’s recovery and growth. We will continue to observe global developments that could have a local impact, including the progress of COVID vaccinations and how it affects the current trajectory.

At BNP Paribas Asset Management India, we strive to keep an eye on the changing landscape. Changes, that create opportunities for delivering long term, sustainable growth for our investors and partners.

We hope that this Annual Outlook is a testament to that commitment and makes for an enriching read.

Disclaimers: The material contained herein has been obtained from publicly available information, internally developed data and other sources believed to be reliable, but BNP Paribas Asset Management India Private Limited (BNPPAMIPL) makes no representation that it is accurate or complete. BNPPAMIPL has no obligation to tell the recipient when opinions or information given herein change. It has been prepared without regard to the individual financial circumstances and objectives of persons who receive it. This information is meant for general reading purpose only and is not meant to serve as a professional guide for the readers. Except for the historical information contained herein, statements in this publication, which contain words or phrases such as ‘will’, ‘would’, etc., and similar expressions or variations of such expressions may constitute ‘forward-looking statements’. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. BNPPAMIPL undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date thereof. The words like believe/belief are independent perception of the Fund Manager and do not construe as opinion or advise. This information is not intended to be an offer to sell or a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any financial product or instrument. The information should not be construed as an investment advice and investors are requested to consult their investment advisor and arrive at an informed investment decision before making any investments. The Trustee, Asset Management Company, Mutual Fund, their directors, officers or their employees shall not be liable in any way for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, punitive or exemplary damages arising out of the information contained in this document.

Mutual Fund investments are subject to market risks, read all scheme related documents carefully.

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