31 December 2022
The Fund posted a return of -0.08% for December, outperforming the sector average return of -1.10%.
The performance of key equity market indices was mixed during the month. The Hang Seng proved a strong performer in local currency terms, the further relaxing of Covid restrictions in China proving something of a tailwind. Conversely, US equities were weaker, in particular the S&P 500. Technology stocks, along with other growth orientated sectors, continued to weight on index performance, driven by concern over company valuations and their earnings outlook. In the UK it was small cap stocks which managed to eke out a positive performance, whereas large cap stocks were negative returning on aggregate.
UK fixed income was also mixed during the month. High yield, non-investment grade bonds were flat on the month. Gilts meanwhile gave back some of the gains made in the previous two months. Although there were some signs of division amongst interest rate setting committee members, overall central banks remained resolute that bringing inflation under control was the main item on their agenda.
There were few changes made to underlying investments during the month. After a strong period of performance since the end of June some profit was taken from the FSSA Japan Focus fund. Although we continue to believe that the investment outlook remains positive for Japanese equities as a whole, there is some nervousness around the relaxation of yield curve control and what this could mean for markets. There was also some profit taking from the Tellworth UK Select fund. This has been a positive performer throughout 2022 which had seen exposure to this fund increase to over 6% of the Fund. Proceeds from both partial sales were held in cash to provide liquidity.
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Past performance is not a guide to future performance.