Australian equity markets were up 3.8% for the month of May bouyed by the RBA's decision to cut rates in early May and following the lead from international equity markets which were up 6.0% for the month. Emerging market equities were up 1.4%in May.
Australian REITs continued to be a solid performer over the month, returning 2.7% for May. Australian REITs are up 12.2% since the start of the year compared to the broader Australian equity market which is up 3.7%. It is apparent that A-REITs are being supported by a low interest rate environment and investors desire for yield. In this context we believe that valuations in the REIT sector continue to appear stretched. Global property also posted a positive return for the month returning 1.8%.
Within fixed interest, Australian bonds posted a return of 1.3% over the month of May as the bond market reacted to the cut in interest rates by the RBA. Global bonds returned 0.6% for the month. Cash returned 0.2% over the month and 0.1% since the start of the year.
The InvestSMART Diversified Income portfolio returned 1.6% over the month of April, outperforming the benchmark by 0.6% and the RBA Cash Rate 1% objective by 1.3%. The significant weighting to Australian equities and Australian listed property were the key contributors to the performance of the portfolio.
The portfolio continues to hold a significant weight to Australian equities given its high yielding characteristics relative to other asset classes as well as what we believe to be reasonably attractive valuations. Taking into account the additional benefit of franking credits, holding Australian equities as part of an overall income portfolio allows investors to generate a higher level of income than they would from more traditional sources of income, such as fixed interest and cash, especially in a low interest rate environment. However, investors need to accept that there will be higher levels of volatility than what a traditional "income" portfolio may have had in the past.
Within the InvestSMART Diversified Income portfolio the Australian equity exposure via the MSCI Australia 200 ETF returned 4.0% over the month which was the single biggest contibutor to performance in the portfolio. The Vanguard Australian Property Securities ETF posted a positive return for the month of 2.8%.
Within fixed interest, the iShares Composite Bond ETF returned 0.1%, while the Macquarie Income Opportunities Fund returned 1.0%. The BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF returned 0.2% over the month.
Growth of $10,000
Asset Allocation as at 31 MAY 2016
Source: Praemium, RBA
Returns are before expenses and fees. Returns are shown as annualised if the period is over 1 year. * Since Inception (SI) date is 29 December 2014.
The portfolio remains overweight Australian equities on the basis that valuations appear reasonably compelling when compared to other asset classes and given the attractive yield characteristics of the asset class. Within fixed interest the portfolio holds Australian government bonds and has an exposure to Australian credit and overseas securities. The portfolio is expected to do well in an environment where Australian equities outperform other asset classes and where credit outperforms government bonds. Within international equities the portfolios have a bias towards emerging markets and an underweight to US equities, therefore the portfolio will benefit when US equities underperform broader equity markets and emerging markets do well.
Current market pricing implies that the portfolio's RBA Cash Rate 1% objective is achievable over the long-term but only through a reasonable allocation to relatively volatile equity investments. This means that investors should be comfortable with above average volatility, which could result in a short-term fall in the portfolio's value of around 13%.
|PERFORMANCE TO 31 MAY 2016||1 MONTH||3 MONTH||6 MONTH||1 YEAR||SI* (P.A.)|
|InvestSMART Conservative Portfolio||1.10%||2.26%||0.09%||1.18%||3.94%|
|Morningstar Multisector Moderate Index||0.95%||1.94%||1.25%||2.70%||4.33%|
|Excess to Benchmark||0.14%||0.32%||-1.16%||-1.52%||0.40%|
|RBA Cash Rate 1%||0.25%||0.74%||1.50%||3.05%||3.13%|
|Excess to Objective||0.85%||1.52%||-1.42%||-1.87%||0.81%|
Peformance Summary to 30 April 2016
The investment objective is to maximise annual income while minimising capital losses over three year rolling periods by investing in a diverse mix of asset classes covering Australian equities, international equities, property, infrastructure, alternatives, fixed interest and cash.
Contribution to Return 1 Month to 31 May 2016
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