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.
Investors face a reality check as the effects of higher rates ripple through the financial system and create unexpected consequences. We remain extremely vigilant.
Markets have reacted as one would expect to the news around the US banking system but other than the financials themselves, things have not spun out of control. We don’t see any reason to change our current geographical split in the equity space.
The UK economy is holding up a little better than feared but events elsewhere could still determine our fate in the short term. The stability of large cap in these challenged times will likely hold greater appeal than that of smaller companies but we look forward to a time when the stars align for the latter, and we are currently retaining allocations.
At times of elevated market stress, it is natural to want exposure to more defensive sectors of the market with sustainable long-term stories and our thematic allocations achieve this. We have discussed energy equities in detail, given their attractive valuations even based on lower commodity prices, but the prospect of recession means we choose to wait. If rates are cut with inflation still stubbornly high, gold should serve portfolios well.
The truly remarkable levels of volatility in the bond markets and the prevailing economic and policy uncertainties justify our emphasis on sovereign and investment grade holdings.
Property faces significant challenges but allocations are not excessive. If policy tightening is slowed or even reversed this should be helpful but headwinds remain.
We have a small range of options we like but they bring an extra dimension to portfolios.
Cash looks like a very sensible allocation now. Rates are decent and the optionality it presents for when opportunities occur should not be underestimated.
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