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Concerns over fixed income lead to further reductions and this month also sees some movement around equity allocations.
All global markets face challenges from valuation levels, uncertainty over inflation, central bank policy and Covid-19 developments. Some portfolios will see increased European, US and Japan allocations as a result of fixed income being trimmed.
The UK economy soldiers on with a cautious eye on what could be a difficult winter period. Despite a strong post-Brexit run, the market looks inexpensive compared to most but a catalyst for a further uplift may not materialise as we battle with inflationary pressures and rate increases.
The environment theme continues to show excellent long-term promise and we are continuing to build positions in portfolios.
The inflationary story is looking more secure (although the ultimate outcome is far from a done deal) and as a result we have made further reductions. Sales are mostly from Treasuries though investment grade and other areas have also been impacted in places.
Real assets look well positioned given the inflationary concerns which are swirling around markets. Property has attractive characteristics in this environment and allocations are held at existing levels, as they are for infrastructure.
Allocations to alternative and protective strategies remain unchanged this month.
The reductions in fixed income mean that tactical cash positions are slightly increased with a view to our redistributing these funds in the coming months.
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