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The recent trade developments have brought much uncertainty on the marketplace, especially on the manufacturing front. Major cyclical industries specialized in the development of finished goods remain under pressure, as trade tariffs should ultimately weigh on demand. Yet consumer staples and utilities sectors, defined as good defensive investment alternatives, have a tendency to be much more robust in periods of distress. Similarly, investments in food and water have been a winning bet compared to conventional investment channels since the beginning of the year.
Both food and water industries continue to show promising developments, as consumption demand in packaged food remains vivid while water supply and infrastructure developments in urban, agricultural areas continue to support the investment trend. This is the case of Guangdong Investment, a Hong Kong-based infrastructure development company specialized in water resources whose healthy financial position gives it a decent advantage compared to competition when it comes to water projects bidding in mainland China and allows the company to benefit from solid source of steady cash flows. Aside of its core water project near the Dongjiang coastline (Dongshen water supply project), the company owns 23 water projects (i.e. waste water processing, water supply) and successfully acquired 11 new water projects, paving the way towards stable long-term growth amid the “Belt and Road” and “Greater Bay Area” initiatives in operating regions. There is therefore more to expect from the food and water investment universe landscape, as rising uncertainties on the trade front should favor financially sound, non-cyclical stocks.