The strategy has been in existence in the life and pensions space for more than 14 years and, given its long-term track record of outperformance, we decided to launch an OEIC version to broaden its appeal to investors. The Fund focuses on high quality, UK income-generating assets and maintains a diversified, conservative investment style.
In this forecast we look forward to 2018, with a perhaps somewhat brighter outlook for the domestic UK economy than the market consensus. Much of the commentary surrounding the UK is very negative, but looking at the data itself brings to mind the line from Russell Howard’s TV show: “It’s not all doom and gloom!”
As expected by the market, the Bank of England (BoE) embarked on its first monetary tightening cycle in a decade last Thursday, with the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voting to hike interest rates to 0.50%. Although this will be some relief for long-suffering savers, rates still remain incredibly low in a historical context.
Many of the recent comments around fixed income have referred to the impact on the asset class of global monetary tightening. For example, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) and Bank of Canada (BoC) have already raised interest rates, the Bank of England (BoE) have followed suit and, in January, the European Central Bank (ECB) will begin tapering their huge quantitative easing programme.