Global equities finished higher in June on expectations of monetary stimulus from the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank due to weak economic data, ongoing trade concerns and low inflation. Developed markets continued to outperform emerging markets. Manufacturing surveys have weakened around the world, with a notable decline in the US business surveys and continued weakness in China, Japan and Europe. Germany’s manufacturing sector in particular looks to be struggling.
By sector, technology and financials were the leaders and the laggards were energy, real estate and health care. From a style perspective, growth continued its trend of outperforming value which has largely been in place since the 2008 global financial crisis.
For the month of June, the Insync Global Capital Aware fund delivered a return of +6.02%, after the cost of downside protection, and the long-only Global Quality Equity Fund delivered a return of +6.66%. This was compared to the benchmark return of +5.22% over the same period. Strong contributions from stock selection was the key driver.
For the 12 months to 30th June the Global Capital Aware Fund delivered a return of +15.37% versus the benchmark return of 11.32%.
Positive performers during the month included Booking Holdings, Visa, Zoetis, Facebook and Boston Scientific Corp. Detractors were Ross Stores, London Stock Exchange, PayPal Holdings, Reed Elsevier and Amadeus IT. No currency hedging continues across both funds. Insync considers the main risks to the Australian dollar to be on the downside.
Current market conditions continue to reflect the trend in place since the GFC of low growth and low inflation. If this trend continues to persist then investing in a portfolio of high ROIC stocks benefitting from global megatrends should prevail as the Insync portfolio of companies is less dependent on expansion of the global economy to generate consistent profitable growth. The portfolio, which has very specific quality and growth attributes, continues to pick up almost all of the upside in rising markets as well as, importantly, buffering the fund from significant market falls.
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