31 January 2023
The Fund rose by 2.48% in January, ahead of its performance comparator of cash (as measured by the Bank of England’s Sterling Overnight Index Average (“SONIA”)) + 5% which rose 0.73%.
(Source of all figures: FE Analytics)
Several factors lead to a positive month for equity markets in January. The end to China’s zero-Covid policy and the re-opening of its economy helped boost economies around the world. This was supported by inflation continuing to fall from its highs of last year in several major countries, including the UK. This in turn led to hopes that central banks would not need to raise interest rates much further, with some even predicting they could begin to fall again at the end of this year. The UK was also helped with better than expected economic data, including the GDP figure for November being revised up to show an unexpected expansion in the month, suggesting that the expected recession this year will be milder than previously expected.
One strategy matured within the Fund during January. A structured note with Morgan Stanley as the counterparty, it required its underlying index, the FTSE CSDI index, to be at or above its starting level to mature with a gain on its first anniversary. The index was up 6.33% on the observation date triggering the strategy to mature with a gain of 9.00%.
The proceeds were rolled straight into Strategy 51, a new structured note with Morgan Stanley as the counterparty again. A step-down shape linked to the FTSE CSDI index as before, it did offer an improved coupon of 9.20% each year, with the level required for the strategy to mature dropping from its initial level after the second anniversary.
Further details of all the strategies within the fund can be found on the Fund’s website: www.UKDSF.com.
The Lowes UK Defined Strategy Fund is a sub-fund of the Skyline Umbrella Fund (ICAV) and is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. The KIID, Prospectus, and Supplement can be accessed by visiting UKDSF.com/literature and are only available in English.
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