Charity Multi-Asset Fund Update – Q2 2023
Tom Montagu-Pollock and Harry Hitchcock provide an update on the second quarter of 2023 for the Charity Multi-Asset Fund.
Investors were faced with a challenging environment at the start of the second quarter, as concerns about the health of the US regional banking system, the possibility of a US debt default, and hawkish tones from the Federal Reserve weighed on sentiment. Despite these headwinds, equity markets performed well, with global equities returning +3.3% over the quarter.
Against this backdrop the Fund generated a return of +0.4% for the quarter, taking the return for the 12 month period to +1.1%.
In terms of positioning, given our view that the US will fall into recession late this year, our underweight exposure to equities remains appropriate. We are now slightly overweight government bonds. We have continued to gradually increase the average maturity of our core government bond holdings. This should help protect portfolios if the global economy slows significantly and central banks start to shift their focus from curbing inflation to protecting financial stability and growth.
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