April was a big month for markets and even better for Insync investors. Global equity markets overall rose strongly in April, (MSCWI +4.38% in AUD) upon encouraging economic data and continued dovishness by central banks. Corporate bonds outperformed government bonds seeing the MSCI world bond index also strongly increasing by +3.2%. Equity Growth investment styles thus continued the Q1 trend of outperforming Value styles.
US equities advanced (+4.1% in USD), supported by strong labour market data as well as better-than-expected Q1 GDP growth (3.2% annualised, -up from 2.2% Q4 2018). Corporate earnings generally remained robust. Google was a standout on the negative posting lower than expected growth results (Insync has previously exited Alphabet). Technology overall however, along with the Communications sector, posted strong gains as did Financials holding number one position.
Eurozone markets joined in on the positive mood, up +4.3% (Euro). Top performing sectors here were also information technology and financials. Economic growth for Q1 proved more resilient than feared with Germany raising its GDP forecast.
UK equities recorded slightly less but strong positive gains of 2.7% (GBP) despite the mess of Brexit (or perhaps in spite of it), but underperformed global equities as a whole.
Japan stocks edged higher by 1.7% albeit subdued with the yen edging lower against the dollar. Greater China markets also ended higher overall benefiting from positive economic news across several indicators and Taiwan’s Technology sector also leading gains.
Emerging markets posted a positive return of 2.1% (USD) amid easing global growth concerns but with one eye firmly on rising US/China tensions. The one bright spot being South Africa from its recent election outcome.
April Fund Performance
April saw a very strong 7.24% return for the Global Capital Aware Fund (protected) and 7.35% for the Global Quality Equity Fund for April, this equates to over 60% of index gains after fees. Our Top 10 holdings that currently equates to around half the portfolio saw Walt Disney and Facebook leading gains at 22.7% and 15% respectively. The worst of the Top 10 performers being Intuit at -5% and Amadeus IT at -1.1%.
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