31 July 2023
The Fund posted a return of 2.18% for July, outperforming the sector average return of 1.79%.
Most major equity markets found themselves in positive territory in July, although there was dispersion amongst returns. The Hang Seng was a strong performer, with Chinese equities seeing a partial rebound after a weak period. Whilst economic activity has perhaps not been as strong as expected, the re-opening continues, nonetheless. In the UK it was mid-cap stocks which were the strongest performers, supported by lower interest rate expectations after inflation came in below forecast. This was seen as a positive as higher interest rates would have potentially strangled UK economic growth.
After a difficult start, July was a positive month for UK fixed income. Investment grade corporate bonds were the strongest performing, marginally outperforming their high yield/non-investment grade counterparts. The former, along with gilts, responded positively to inflation figures, with CPI coming in lower than consensus forecast. This led to a fall in peak UK interest rate expectations. High yield/non-investment grade bonds were also positive performers, with no sign in a material pick up in default rates, thus far.
During the month there was one change made to the underlying positions. After a strong performance, the overweight to alternatives, in particular equity long/short, was reduced. This was achieved by partially selling down the position in Tellworth UK Select. Proceeds were reinvested into fixed income, in particular the Man GLG Dynamic Income fund. This fund was offering a yield to maturity in excess of 14%, with a duration of just over three and a half years. Whilst mark to market volatility could be seen, this was deemed to be an attractive yield.
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Past performance is not a guide to future performance.