We are pleased to report that since it became clearer six months ago that the economic cycle was normalising and a global recovery was underway, the Fund has generated a +20% return, outperforming the broader market by around 2%. We believe this has been achieved by taking only moderate and manageable risks, as we have discussed in previous Investment Reports.
While the Australian equity market continues to post strong monthly returns, fragilities are starting to emerge as equity and bond markets are in the midst of trying to work out whether:
1. There is a strong global economic recovery occurring or whether delays in vaccine rollouts or second or third wave COVID-19 strains will cause delays;
2. The Fed is serious about not intervening in the rapidly rising bond yield situation and if inflation will actually arrive and;
3. The easy monetary conditions of the past few years has led to inherent risk taking that is now threatening to unwind, starting with the first major hedge fund and finance house bankruptcies, even while we are in the midst of a bull market.
Informed by our observations, mostly from our interactions with individual companies, we believe that an economic recovery is coming led by improving demand. But it won’t be pervasive and may well see long delays for some sectors. It is also likely that there has been excess risk built up in a system of easy money and an effective “Fed Put” having been assumed by markets for many years. We see central banks as having little choice but to continue to preach no intervention lest they inadvertently and prematurely overturn a fragile restoration of growth.
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During October 2021 the Fund returned 1.09% versus the S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index of 0.10%, outperforming the market by 0.99%. An overweight position in Materials added to relative performance while and overweight position in Financials detracted from relative performance.
This World Children’s Day, 20 November, we recognise the devastating and disproportionate impact the climate crisis is having and will continue to have on children. As the most anticipated event of the year, COP26, finishes, it remains clear we have never needed more urgent action from government, business and society to respond to the climate crisis
During September 2021 the Fund returned -1.19% (after fees) versus the S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index of -1.89%, outperforming the market by 0.70%. An underweight position in Healthcare and an overweight position in Transport added to relative performance. Over the last 12 months the Fund has returned 36.03%, outperforming the ASX300 Accum Index by 5.17%.