Australian Unity Pro-D Investment Funds – Quarterly Fund Updates for June 2020
We are pleased to present the quarterly Fund Updates for the Pro-D Funds as at 30 June 2020.Posted: August 3, 2020
Please find below links to the quarterly performance reports for the Pro-D Funds, as well as the outlook video with Portfolio Manager Alex Fisher.
Investment markets provided a mixed-bag of returns during June. The Australian share market and most global markets gained ground, continuing the recovery from February and March’s COVID-induced sell-downs. Certain sectors such as Australian REITs and small cap shares declined in value for the month. Against this backdrop the Funds achieved modest positive returns for the month, bringing their full financial year returns a little below zero.
Growth asset returns were mixed in June with divergence between small cap and large cap stocks, hedged and unhedged equities and Australian listed property versus Australian large cap stocks. However, over the quarter, with the exception of unhedged international equities returning 6%, all other growth assets had an exceptional quarter and returned between 17% and 24%. Unfortunately, these large rebounds from the March lows still saw many growth assets post a negative return for the financial year.
During the month the International Monetary Fund (IMF) further downgraded their global growth forecast; the IMF now expects the world’s richest economies to contract by 8% in 2020 down 1.9% from their April forecasts and in 2021 the IMF expects these economies to grow by 4.8%. Due to the vast amount of central bank stimuli, the IMF expects public debt of advanced nations to reach 130% of GDP, during World War2 debt peaked at 120% of GDP. Of particular interest is the divergence in how asset prices have reacted. On the one hand, the Nasdaq (a US technology heavy stock exchange) reached a record high in June whilst the traditional safe haven asset of Gold, in US Dollar terms, surpassed it’s 2012 high to close the month at US$1,785/ounce.
The Australian equity market gained 3.02% for the month with consumer discretionary stocks and the financial sectors assisting whilst energy and industrials stocks were the two main detractors. The ASX Small Ordinaries fell by 1.95% for the month and Australian listed property also fell in June posting a return of -1.22%.
Yield curves remained fairly static in June, both the Australian 10-year and 2-year government bond yield fell by 2bps to end the month yielding 0.87% and 0.25% respectively. In the US yields rose by 1bps across both the US 10-year and 2-year government bond closing with a yield of 0.66% and 0.17% respectively.
Benchmark Returns 30 June 2020
Article source: Australian Unity
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