Bolton Sees China Turnaround

Top U.K. fund manager Anthony Bolton says he’s expecting a rebound in Chinese growth next year.

Bolton tells Investment Week that he thinks China’s growth has actually been slower than the official 7.5% figure being cited this year. “The headline figure is not reliable and I think growth has come down below that this year,” he says. But he sees better growth in 2013, and says that economic improvements and the fact that China’s elections are over should help spur Chinese stocks next year.

“The bear market will change soon in the A share market,” he said. “The economic cycle is now in its favour, as is the political process.”

Sectors that Bolton was high on in 2012, including healthcare and consumer discretionary stocks, struggled. But he’s sticking with them heading into 2013, expecting that the changing conditions will lead to bounce-backs.