31 July 2021
The Fund fell -0.38% during the month, underperforming the IA Flexible Investment sector average return of 0.15%.
The performance of equity markets was mixed during the period. The UK market was generally flat, but stocks more closely linked to the domestic economy, such as mid and small cap companies, were stronger performers. Asian emerging markets meanwhile were significantly weaker, with authorities cracking down on companies in particular sectors causing a wider spread sell-off. UK fixed income posted strong performances in the month. UK gilts were the strongest performers, with yields falling as investors were more confident that the transitory inflation rhetoric reinforced by central banks was becoming more convincing. Investment grade corporate bond yields also fell given their correlation to government bonds, but returns were not quite as strong as credit spreads widened.
In the Fund, unsurprisingly it was Asia Pacific and emerging market exposed equity funds which were the weakest performers. This was particularly the case for those funds with a meaningful weighting to China. Within other regions it was those funds with more of a growth bias which outperformed value biased funds, the former supported by falling bond yields.
During the month we saw net cash inflows into the Fund. These were invested so as to preserve a cash position below the neutral weighting. The allocation to UK equities was increased, while the position to Asian equities was also added to on the back of weakness.
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Past performance is not a guide to future performance.