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.
Equity markets have remained strong over the last month but expectations look very elevated to us. We are not comfortable adding risk at the present time.
Emerging markets have enjoyed a strong run and the outperformance of the rest of the world relative to the US is considered by some to be a significant development. The weakness of the dollar has certainly been helpful in boosting risk sentiment and the reopening of China has acted as a further catalyst. We are adding an allocation to Latin American equities to adventurous portfolios, funded from the US. In some lower-risk portfolios, we are removing the overweight allocation to Japan.
No changes this month. The UK seems to have avoided some of the worst predictions regarding economic growth and there is some hope around progress on the Northern Ireland protocol; however, significant challenges remain for the domestic economy. Larger cap names have continued to perform well given their international flavour.
Our thematic focus was rewarding last year and we continue to like the insurance and healthcare themes for their defensive characteristics in these uncertain times. We will continue to look for new ideas but finding themes that have true merit as opposed to a ‘gimmicky’ marketing appeal is not a common event.
As part of the improvement of credit quality within fixed income, we are removing the convertibles exposure in favour of investment grade bonds.
Allocations are unchanged this month, with exposures looking reasonable given prospects for the asset class.
We have a small range of options we like but they bring an extra dimension to portfolios.
Cash is reduced in some lower-risk portfolios to fund an increase in investment grade exposure. We are keeping our powder dry for the opportunities we think lie ahead.
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