31 May 2022
May was a difficult month for equity markets to make any headway. Within the UK it was large caps which continued to lead the market, with continued high commodity and energy costs being a positive for oil majors and miners. These sectors carry material weightings in the index. UK mid and small cap stock performance was weaker, posting negative returns on aggregate. Concerns of weakness in the UK economy, to which small stocks are more exposed to, was detrimental to performance. The Hang Seng was one of the stronger performing indices as Chinese stocks recovered from their recent lows, with lockdown fears receding. The S&P 500 ended flat with Europe marginally in negative territory.
The UK fixed income asset class continued to struggle through May. UK gilts were the weakest performers as inflationary pressures continued to build, with forecasts of where it may peak continuing to rise. Interest rates expectations continued to rise accordingly, with the Bank of England, along with other central banks in major developed economies, expected to be on a hiking cycle until they deem inflation to be under control. Investment grade corporates were also negative returning, although not to the same extent, with their higher coupons affording them some protection. It was the same for non-investment grade, with a lower duration here also helping.
The Fund posted a return of -0.50% for May, outperforming the sector average return of -0.93%.
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Past performance is not a guide to future performance.