Market Sector Update
- Volatility continued to be an overriding theme during the quarter as both equity and riskier parts of the fixed-income market corrected sharply.
- China was again one of the epicenters for the heightened volatility. Chinese currency devaluation as well as uncertainty over the timing of the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) rate hikes drove sharp market reactions throughout the quarter.
- Increased volatility, concerns over global growth and deflation fears from lower commodity prices drove risk-free interest rates sharply lower in developed-market countries.
- The Fund underperformed its blended benchmark during the quarter. While the equity portfolio slightly underperformed its benchmark, the fixed-income portion of the portfolio significantly underperformed. We have long been overweight credit in the fixed-income portfolio, which drove the underperformance relative to the benchmark. Our asset allocation, which saw us overweight equities, also proved a drag as equities underperformed during the quarter.
- We reduced our overweight to equities during August as markets became significantly more volatile. At quarter end, our asset allocation stood at 62% equity, 35% fixed income and 3% cash, which is down from a 70% equity weighting at the end of the second quarter.
- Within equities, we mainly reduced our exposure to more cyclical stocks and commodity names, with several large integrated oil companies leaving the portfolio. As we shifted to fixed-income securities, we mainly focused on bonds with idiosyncratic risks such as yield-to-call securities or bonds with high likelihoods of being tendered for.
- We expect heightened volatility to continue in riskier asset prices as investors continue to grapple with slowing global growth and uncertainty over Fed policy. We have a slight bias to continue lowering our equity exposure. We are trying to balance the desire to reduce equities with the fears and volatility in many parts of the fixed-income markets where we traditionally participate. This has us continually focused on putting new money to work in bonds with idiosyncratic risks.
- While we do believe the global environment is slowing, we think chances of recessionary conditions in most of the large developed economies are remote, which has us gradually adjusting our asset allocation rather than making more dramatic shifts.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the Fund’s manager and are current through September 30, 2015. The manager's 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.
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