Investment Line: our current thinking on asset allocation - August 2023

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. 

17 August 2023
2 Minutes

We are maintaining our key macroeconomic outlook this month. Recent newsflow and data suggest portfolios are sensibly positioned.



China looks to be in a truly dreadful state and global growth is under significant pressure. The US continues to defy some of the more pessimistic projections, but the lagged effects of rate rises should not be underestimated, with most yet to be seen.


The Bank of England continues to face a headache from robust wage growth and core inflation. Valuations do look very depressed, and we are seriously considering higher allocation. We are not adding just yet though, as the catalyst for a re-rating of UK equities is not yet in sharp focus.


The thematic allocations make sense against the global backdrop. Global equity income should add to the resilience of the equity allocations and the themes generally provide a considered way of gaining access to US equities but in a more focused and risk averse manner.


After recent additions, there are enough uncertainties around the global bond space for us to hold off increasing allocations for now.


No changes this month – the holdings move around as inflation and rate expectations wax and wane. The catalyst may be some way off, but valuations justify retaining positions.


We have a small range of options we like, which bring an extra dimension to portfolios. The environment has posed challenges even for ideas in this space.


Current allocations look sensible given the opportunities elsewhere, and that we are being paid for the discipline of holding some cash.


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