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Monthly Update: February 2019

15 March 2019
After another strong month global equities have now regained all of 2018's losses, and then some... At the end of February the MSCI World Index stood 4.7% higher than at the beginning of 2018.   Most heard reason for investors' optimism is lessened trade tensions between the US and China, averting what could otherwise quickly escalate into a full-blown trade war.   Our funds continued to perform well, with positive absolute returns for the SIF and Balance, and outpe...

Monthly Update: January 2019

14 February 2019
JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS Global equities regained almost all of their sharp December losses in January: up 7.9% in the case of the MSCI World, with all regions sharing in the spoils. After a very tough 2018 for many quantitative strategies, 2019 also started promisingly in this regard: our long/short equity market neutral fund was up +3.7% in January. Nevertheless: economic data continued to come in softer, confirming that markets anticipated correctly last year. We are not alone in being relieved t...

Monthly Update: December 2018

12 January 2019
DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS   2018 ended on a low, with the MSCI World booking its worst monthly loss in almost 10 years: -8.9%. All regions suffered badly. A growing fear of a severe global economic slowdown in '19 didn't stop the Fed from continuing its series of interest rate rises, much to the chagrin of President Trump. But his irritation only added to the sense of worry... Our long-only equity fund shared in the pain, losing 8.6%: a small outperformance vs. the MSCI Wo...