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.
The market outlook remains challenged. We continue to upgrade the quality of our equity exposure and to selectively add to fixed income.
Headwinds remain for markets and being invested in the right sectors and themes is likely to be a performance differentiator. We are reducing our exposure to India in some portfolios given the extreme valuations relative to other areas and the prospect of a global slowdown.
The UK shares many of the same issues as elsewhere and more rate rises may be needed to bring inflation down further. A downturn here would put pressure on domestically-focused stocks but the valuations there are relatively undemanding. Larger, multinational names look like decent places to take cover if markets deteriorate.
This month sees us continue to add to some of our holdings in global equity income as we add more protective equity names to portfolios.
Some modest additions to portfolios, including in higher-risk portfolios. Gilts are looking more interesting but we stick with US Treasuries and quality investment grade for now.
The temptation to bracket all property sub sectors together is unhelpful as there are niche opportunities here and resilient areas among the more vulnerable. Still, we would not yet look to add, even at these lower valuations, as the possibility of interest rates remaining at elevated levels poses challenges for some business models in the asset class.
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.
A slight reduction in some cash positions as we move to add to fixed income this month.
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