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.
Despite some isolated but better trading days in equity markets, we do not have the conviction to add risk to our portfolios at this time.
The focus is now going to be on what happens to earnings after the correction in valuation multiples which ensued over the first half. The ongoing upheaval will inevitably throw up pockets of value for us.
The case for UK equities is unlikely to be materially affected by the outcome of the leadership election though concerns have been voiced over some of the tax proposals. Overseas investors are probably unimpressed by the political developments and a flood of monies is unlikely from this source. Longer term, some value is opening up especially in smaller names, but we are not adding yet.
No changes in this area. Clearly our thematic allocations are not immune to difficulties in markets, but they do provide defensive characteristics in some areas and allow us to focus our exposure.
US treasuries look to be about the best bet here given the economic uncertainty, but clearly the possibility of an aggressive Federal Reserve could create further volatility. We have credit exposure as well, but it is selective given the recessionary conditions which might materialise.
Commercial property, in its many hues, might yet face headwinds from recessionary forces but has been valuable in portfolios in recent times.
Those vehicles which meet our requirements are likely to be able to make a contribution in markets beset with uncertainty and increased volatility, but in truth there are not that many which are suitable. Allocations remain focused and tailored to client risk appetite.
Cash remains elevated – we might be close to a sensible time to invest some of it, though there is no particular rush considering the uncertain outlook.
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