31 October 2022
The Fund posted a return of -1.78% for October, underperforming the sector average return of 0.09%.
Most equity markets ended in positive territory for the month, with the exception of the Hang Seng. Here investors remained nervous as the Chinese authorities continued with their zero tolerance policy on COVID. Other markets meanwhile were buoyed by falling bond yields, favouring growth companies in particular. This gave support to the US market and Europe, whilst in the UK mid cap companies outperformed their large cap counterparts.
After a difficult start to the month, the market still reeling from the Truss/Kwarteng budget, UK fixed income markets enjoyed something of a relief rally. Markets were spurned on by the resignation of Kwarteng and the instatement of Jeremy Hunt. His subsequent reversal of the changes made by the outgoing chancellor were perceived to be much more market friendly and less likely to add to what were already high inflationary pressures. The resignation of Truss also added to the rally, in the hope that a new prime minister would be much more ‘tuned in’ to international markets expectations.
During the month the Fund exited its final position in the Atlantic House Defined Returns fund. Proceeds were reinvested into a new, standalone structured note. This is an 8 year contract with the FTSE 100 as its underlying index. It offers a coupon of 12.4% for each year that it is in force. To kick out with a gain it requires the underlying index to be at or above the initial strike level on the observation date(s).
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