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Monthly Portfolio Changes
In February, we made a number of changes to the portfolios. In fixed income, our model pointed to a rotation out of high yield bonds and into US equities based on updated scores for earnings and loan growth. We implemented this in the portfolios by switching 25% of our high yield benchmark allocation. We also reduced our allocation to government bonds, which have rallied aggressively on coronavirus concerns and should pull-back over the coming month. In equities we rotated out of developed markets and into emerging markets. We sold our position in domestic UK equities, which performed well in the immediate aftermath of the general election. The UK market will likely remain range bound until the terms of a trading deal with the EU have been finalised. Emerging market equities have outperformed developed markets during the last few weeks. We believe this trend is set to continue going forward and have implemented a new position in an emerging market ‘ESG’ ETF. We did not make any changes to our investments in commodities or property this month.
Please see below our monthly Sterling chart, showing the month end GBP/USD rate of 1.28, which is below the 5, 10 and 20-year averages. The chart also highlights Sterling’s purchasing power parity (PPP) as well as Capital Economics’ forecast for a return to 1.45 by the end of 2020.
The value of an investment in the Protection Portfolios, ACUMEN Portfolios or Tavistock PROFILES may fall as well as rise. Past performance should not be seen as an indication of future performance. Source of data: Tavistock Asset Management Limited, Thomson Reuters and Lipper for Investment Management unless otherwise stated.