The gap between our funds’ PE and the market (ex-Resources and Financials) PE has opened up over the past few months to the widest since we began. This is a result of a general upward re-rating of the industrials and us being underweight four of the bubbles that have emerged since COVID-19 hit: Gold,Tech, Iron Ore and Consumer Discretionary. These four sectors make up around 28% of the market cap of the S&P/ASX 300 index and have outperformed over the last quarter. Growth expectations are high going forward for these sectors.Much of the portfolio resides in stocks with low profit growth expectations but the market environment of the last few years has not been favourable for these stocks. There are however some early signs that profit growth expectations for more expensive stocks are not being met and they are seeing subsequent falls in their share prices. Should this continue the prospect for stocks with low expectations going forward could be changing and our portfolio’s prospects improved.
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While the response to climate change risk by regulators, financial institutions and publicly listed companies is welcome, it currently is not enough to ensure a safe climate. This submission provides a comprehensive assessment of the current risks relating to Australia's key export sectors.
It is estimated that 100 pairs of hands touch your clothes before they arrive in your wardrobe. That’s 100 people at risk of modern slavery, poor working conditions, and exploitation. Ethical Partners has recently signed the Investor Statement in Support of the maintenance and expansion of the Bangladesh Accord.
During March 2021 the Fund returned 3.07% versus the S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index of 2.30%, outperforming the market by 0.77%. An overweight position in consumer staples and an underweight position in materials contributed to relative performance while an overweight position in financials and an underweight position in consumer discretionary detracted from relative performance. The Fund is +20% over the last six months.
Globally, 15% of the population are persons with disabilities. The labor force participation rate globally for people with disabilities sits at 32.8% compared to 77.1% for those without disabilities. We believe it is imperative that investors use their shareholder voice to raise the awareness of this important diversity issue and help companies to improve their inclusion.