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Commodity prices to rise if transition to green energy is shortened -CIO

MUMBAI (Reuters) – The transition to green energy will take longer than expected but commodity prices will rise even further if this time frame is forcefully shortened, Conning Asia Pacific’s chief investment officer said on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: A worker collects a crude oil sample at an oil well operated by Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA in Morichal, Venezuela, July 28, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

The next leg-up for commodity prices will be triggered by supply constraints, a lack of investment and higher regulatory costs, CIO Desmond Tjiang told the Reuters Global Markets Forum.

It will take time for supply-chain disruptions to sort themselves out, but “the market might not take it, as it doesn’t have patience,” said Tjiang.

Conning manages $124.6 billion in assets globally, of which about $2 billion is under its Asia-Pacific arm.

Tjiang, who has a target for Brent crude prices of $90 per barrel, expects the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia and their allies (OPEC+) to maintain a July deal, under which 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) would be added until at least April 2022 to phase out 5.8 million bpd of existing production cuts.

Oil prices have been positively surprised by a demand switch from natural gas, Tjiang said.

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Tjiang expected global equity markets to fall by less than 5% from current levels by the end of 2021.

“We are still overweight on equities but have been dialling back the risk in the near-term, given a more complex macro picture.”

MSCI’s gauge of global stocks was down 0.1%, but off an over three-month low hit during Asian trading, tracking a broad sell-off on Wall Street. [L1N2R10GM]

There is value in Chinese equities, Tjiang said, but added he was “cautious for now,” with investments into China depending on “how and when” the government responds to reverse the country’s economic slowdown and “huge amount of uncertainties”

Tjiang was positive on Japan due to its exposure to global manufacturing and automation, along with “the lack of inflationary threat and continuous supportive fiscal (and) monetary policies, versus other developed markets.”

(This interview was conducted in the Reuters Global Markets Forum chat room on Refinitiv Messenger. Join GMF:

Reporting by Divya Chowdhury in Mumbai; Editing by Kirsten Donovan

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