Charity Responsible Multi-Asset Fund Update - Q1 2023
Tom Montagu-Pollock, Emilie Shaw and Matt Best provide an update on the first quarter of 2023 for the Responsible Multi-Asset Fund.
The Fund generated a return of +1.3% for the quarter, taking the return for the 12-month period to -2.2% compared with the peer group (ARC Steady Growth estimate) -4.6%.
The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), followed shortly by further financial sector disruption in Europe, caused stocks to dip sharply in March before recovering to finish the quarter higher. The Federal Reserve expressed confidence in the resilience of the US banking system and raised the policy rate by a quarter of a percent in both February and March. This took borrowing costs to the highest point since 2007.
In terms of positioning, having entered the year with a record-high cash allocation in the fund, we have taken advantage of the volatility to put some of this cash to work but we remain underweight equities on a tactical basis. We remain focused on identifying high-quality companies with strong balance sheets. The intention will be to add when opportunities arise. We have been gradually increasing our exposure to government bonds, which should start to offer more defensive characteristics as inflation falls from very high levels.
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