BY MIKE COUNT, SENIOR FUND MANAGER
It was a somewhat quieter month for corporate credit in June, as spreads settled down post the Italian-inspired volatility of the previous month. New issues have now started to offer decent discounts which has thrown up some opportunities although it also tends to hurt the secondary spreads of these issuers. In the sterling market, investors are already pricing in a high chance of a rate hike in August although, as we saw in May, these perceptions can change quickly!
Economically, PMI data and retail sales data rebounded in the UK, following on from a weather-constrained quarter in the first three months of the year. However, full year GDP consensus is unchanged as the Brexit overhang continues to have an effect on the UK economy. Given that we are approaching the parliamentary recess period, we are expecting the quiet period to remain for the next couple of months.
From a fund perspective, we have not made any major changes to either the LF Canlife Corporate Bond Fund or the LF Canlife Short Duration Corporate Bond Fund. Currently, the portfolios are biased towards sectors with more attractive spread profiles – such as insurance – to better withstand expected interest rate and yield rises.
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