MARCH 2017 Performance
Financial markets around the globe were little changed during the month of March, despite a number of significant political developments. As expected, Prime Minister Theresa May formally began the Brexit process by triggering Article 50 and the UK will be leaving the European Union in 2019. The government has a very strong hand to play during the negotiations and there is every reason to believe that the UK economy will successfully navigate the divorce proceedings and emerge stronger. Volatility in markets is likely to be heightened during the early stages of the talks, but eventually the improving economic fundamentals around the world will reassert themselves in the minds of investors. The UK markets took the news in their stride and the FTSE 100 rose 0.82% and sterling climbed to the higher end of its six-month trading range versus the US dollar at 1.26. In the US, President Donald Trump suffered a minor setback in failing to repeal Obamacare, but he remains on course to announce his tax reform policies and a one trillion dollar infrastructure plan in early April. The Trump rally came to a halt in March as the DJIA fell -0.72%. Given the administration’s pro-growth agenda, this modest decline represents only a minor correction in the eight-year bull market. Elsewhere, the MSCI World rose 0.82% and equity markets in Asia were mixed. The Nikkei 225 fell -1.10% and the Hang Seng gained 1.56%. Commodity prices were relatively subdued with the exception of crude oil, which fell -6.31% to $50.60 per barrel. Inflation in the UK and US has very quickly risen above the 2% level, which foreshadows bad news for bondholders. A reduction in duration is the only way to mitigate losses in the current environment and this is the policy we have adopted across all of our portfolios.
ACUMEN Conservative Portfolio
The ACUMEN Conservative Portfolio returned 0.02% in March and the IA Mixed Investment 20-60% Shares sector rose 0.79%. The portfolio has a rolling 1-year return of 14.11%.
ACUMEN Income Portfolio
ACUMEN Progressive Portfolio
The ACUMEN Progressive Portfolio returned 0.23% in March and the IA Mixed Investment 40-85% Shares sector rose 1.00%. The portfolio has a rolling 1-year return of 16.21%.
The ACUMEN Adventurous Portfolio returned 0.38% in March and the IA Flexible Investment sector rose 1.05%. The portfolio has a rolling 1-year return of 16.16%.
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 Wealth Limited, Thomson Reuters and Lipper for Investment Management unless otherwise stated.