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.
Falling inflation and bond yields see an improving investor mood. We still have plenty of unanswered questions about the global economy and our positioning remains largely unchanged.
Smaller companies have enjoyed the rally in the first two weeks of November, as one would expect. To us, the backdrop merits favouring larger names, which can usually better withstand the effects of higher rates and tougher economic conditions, though maintaining our interest in smaller companies for when good news becomes more endemic.
Falling inflation in the UK provides another argument for improving sentiment towards the UK. Small and mid-cap names have perked up and we have warmed to the case for domestic equities but are not adding to our already healthy exposure.
In a world where we do not think equity valuations reflect the challenges ahead, we continue to employ a strategy of using themes to allow us to access those sectors and ideas we find most appealing. Energy is the most recent addition.
We are diversifying our government debt exposure by introducing some shorter-dated UK gilts to go alongside US Treasuries. The focus remains on high credit quality across our fixed income exposure. .
Property has rallied and shown its recovery potential for when interest rates begin to fall. We hold positions.
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.
Cash is unchanged this month.
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