Market Sector Update
- Outside the U.S., widespread policy
easing by global central banks and
weakening currencies resulted in stronger
flows into U.S. Treasuries and equities.
Bond prices and equities ended the
- The effects of a stronger U.S. dollar
weighed on company earnings and
revenue guidance for U.S.
multinationals, but were beneficial for
European and Japanese companies.
- The U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) removed
the word “patient” from its March
statement, but said interest rates would
not rise until inflation is closer to its
target. Many now do not expect a rate
increase until the second half of 2015.
- The European Central Bank
implemented a quantitative easing (QE)
program. Europe has negative interest
rates in some shorter duration fixedincome
instruments. Credit markets
responded with the majority of
investment grade, euro-denominated
corporate bonds yielding less than 1%.
- Given the low-rate, low-growth
environment, mergers and acquisition
activity was robust, particularly in health
care and consumer staples.
- The Fund had a positive return for the
quarter that was above its all-equities
benchmark index (before the effect of
- The Fund’s largest allocation was to
equities, ending the quarter at 80% of
total assets, with U.S. equities
representing about 57% of total assets.
It had 4.8% in fixed-income securities,
6.7% in gold bullion and about 8.5% in
- The five largest sectors in the Fund were
information technology, consumer
discretionary, health care, consumer
staples and energy.
- Holdings in the financials, energy,
information technology, utilities,
materials, industrials and health care
sectors all were contributors to relative
performance during the quarter. The
consumer discretionary sector was the
largest detractor from relative
- We believe U.S. economic trends
remain positive relative to the rest of the
world, although payroll data has taken
on more significance with a datadependent
Fed. Europe’s most recent
economic data have shown
improvement and China’s slowing
economy has resulted in recent
additional stimulus measures. Greece’s
membership in the Eurozone remains
unresolved because of its ongoing debt
problems, but we do not think there is
real interest in a “Grexit.”
- U.S. equities have moved higher for
more than six years, but much anxiety
remains in the markets and investors
are paying a premium for protection.
- We continue to believe equities offer
the best alternative for generating
returns in this low-growth, low-interest
rate environment. We think fears in the
market and resulting volatility will
create opportunities to add exposure
in the Fund, favoring names where we
have high conviction in long-term
- In our view, global overcapacity
suggests continued downward
pressure on inflation and we expect
interest rates to remain very low for
The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the Fund's managers and are current through March 31, 2015. The managers' views are subject to change at any time based on market and other
conditions, and no forecasts can be guaranteed. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Cynthia Prince-Fox and Chace Brundige, CFA, became portfolio managers on the Fund on Aug. 4, 2014.
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