Investment Line is a regular investment bulletin produced by Mattioli Woods plc. The communication provides an update on funds, highlights some of the areas we are focusing on, and shares our thoughts on the issues of the day.
We are maintaining our overall outlook – adding some additional resilience to our equities positions in places, and remaining especially vigilant.
A range of sectors have seen modest reductions to fund our global equity income positions. Most of the macro focus is on the US, given its significance for monetary policy across the globe but our spread of geographical holdings looks about right.
We are comfortable with our UK exposure relative to other holdings. The recent inflation data has been rather alarming and suggests rates may yet move higher, putting further pressure on the domestic economy, but larger cap names look reasonably well protected and valuations in the smaller space are sufficiently undemanding to keep us involved.
We are trimming the (significant) infrastructure holdings in lower and moderate risk portfolios. The growth challenges set to unfold over the next year also see us reduce the global smaller companies allocations in some areas with our large cap, value and defensive exposure receiving a boost from our move to global equity income.
Having added to bond exposure over the last year, we are holding fire for now given the persistence of inflation and pressures from rate rises. The risk of high levels of Government issuance does cause us concern but our US treasuries look credible for now.
Persistent inflation and rate pressures will continue to challenge the property space. The commercial real estate sector in the US is particularly troubled and we are cautious on the wider space, though significantly lower valuations and niche opportunities mean we are maintaining positions for most.
We have a small range of options we like, which bring an extra dimension to portfolios.
Tactical cash is increased in some areas and levels remain elevated as we wait for better opportunities to emerge.
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