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.
Further risk reduction looks warranted as market conditions deteriorate and visibility on the short term economic outlook deteriorates.
No area is immune from the global sell-off. Those areas which have benefited from strong global growth and low rates look the most vulnerable as it is not surprising to see us reduce some smaller companies exposure. India has enjoyed a strong run and we are trimming in some portfolios.
The UK economy is not in a great place and a recession is a strong possibility in the next year. Smaller companies will face headwinds, but even then some look well placed and even “defensive” - investors should remember that the larger cap names in the UK have been relatively protective as other equity markets have stumbled. No changes here.
The thematic areas in the portfolios are not immune from the falls in valuations though areas like insurance have shown some defensive characteristics. Infrastructure has also been very helpful in portfolios. Technology and Environment look vulnerable shorter term and we reduce these (modestly) accordingly.
We are removing emerging market debt exposure given the problems in many emerging economies and the current strength of the US dollar. Though vulnerable to rising rates, US Treasuries are now at levels which are more attractive and could benefit from the Federal Reserve relenting on its rate hikes if the economy cannot withstand them.
Property has been very helpful of late, and REITS usually hold up well in stagflationary environments, making our current exposure look sensible. A recession could be a real concern of course, but for now our exposure seems OK.
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.
In the current environment, holding extra cash for protection is more than justified. Yes, inflation is unkind to cash, but it is to all asset classes and not falling in nominal terms is an attractive characteristic for now.
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