The Global Equity Market built upon its strong year-end December close (+3.50% in US dollars (USD)) adding another 2.5% USD by mid-January when the Coronavirus first made itself known. The indices then retreated 3.6% over the remainder of the month as investors deliberated the impact the virus would have on the Global economy.
Whilst the benchmark lost a net 1.13% in US dollars (USD) by the end of January, a 4.85% decline in the Australian dollar (AUD) against the relevant basket of currencies lifted local currency denominated returns significantly. Relative gains were posted in Utilities (AUD +10.44%) and Information Technology (AUD +7.88%) with Materials (AUD -1.99%) and Energy (AUD -4.88%) under-performing due to the negative impact the Coronavirus is likely to have on Chinese raw material demand in the short term.
Positive contributors during the month included Intuit, Visa, Adobe, S&P Global, and PayPal. Detractors were, Bookings.com, Treasury Wine Estates, Boston Scientific, Walt Disney and Estee Lauder. No currency hedging continues across both funds as we consider the main risks to the AUD to be skewed to the downside.
The prevailing low growth and low inflation environment is unlikely to change in the medium term. Insync constructs a portfolio of attractively priced businesses that have the ability to deliver profitable revenue growth due to an underlying megatrend(s) supported by a high return on invested capital (ROIC). Insync designs a diversified portfolio of companies able to generate consistently profitable growth, independent to the velocity of the global economy.
Both strategies, the long-only (Global Quality Equity Fund) and the long-only with put protection (Global Capital Aware Fund) have a consistent long-term track record of picking up most of the upside in rising markets, and most importantly, an inherently low downside participation (favourable idiosyncratic risk) in declining markets typically caused by cyclical weakness in the global economy. The Global Capital Aware Fund has additional explicit (put) protection, buffering the fund from sharp and significant market corrections (systematic risk).
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