Time to batten down the hatches?
David Smith, Portfolio Manager of Henderson High Income Trust, talks about the factors currently impacting the UK market, including inflation and interest rates amid a cost-of-living crisis. David also touches on the recent turmoil within bond markets and the need for prudent diversification in volatile market environment.
24 minute listen
- Though the UK stock market has been quite resilient compared to global peers, its performance has largely been driven by the top 20 largest stocks. Meanwhile, the more cyclical smaller-and-medium sized businesses have struggled.
- We have been lowering our gearing and increasing our bond exposure for a more defensive positioning. The equity portfolio also has a bias towards defensive and more resilient businesses that can navigate a downturn.
- Valuations in the UK market remain attractive, especially when you look at the P/E ratios relative to other developed markets. While political uncertainty still remains, this valuation gap provides an attractive entry point for investors with long term horizons.
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