Investment Objectives

The Fund aims to achieve long-term capital growth by investing in a diversified portfolio of collective investment schemes.

The Investment Manager (“We”) invest in collective investment schemes (“CIS”) (including UCITS, exchange-traded funds and other collective investment undertakings) that invest in a broad range of assets, including debt and equity securities. In instances, this may involve investing in CISs that are managed by the Investment Manager.

The Investment Manager (“We”) aims to build a diversified portfolio spread across several industries and sectors.

The Fund is actively managed, not managed by reference to any index.

Investor Profile

A typical investor in the CC Balanced Strategy Fund is:

  • Seeking to achieve stable, long-term capital appreciation
  • Seeking an actively managed & diversified investment in equity funds and bond funds
  • Planning to hold their investment for at least 3-5 years 

Fund Rules

  1. The fund may invest up to 40% of its assets in CISs that are permitted to invest 65% or more of their assets in money market instruments.
  2. The fund may invest up to 40% of its assets in CISs that are permitted to invest 65% or more of their assets in investment-grade bonds.
  3. The fund may invest up to 60% of its assets in CISs that are permitted to invest 65% or more of their assets in high yield bonds.
  4. The fund may invest up to 60% of its assets in CISs that are permitted to invest 65% or more of their assets in equity securities.

Commentary

April 2022

Introduction
April, along the same route of the preceding three months and first quarter of the year proved negative for financial markets. Russia’s invasion in Ukraine, stringent Covid-19 policies in China once more prompting demand concerns and supply-chain disruptions, and expectations of a swift tightening in US monetary policy all weighed on sentiment. Global equity indices, notably the tech-heavy Nasdaq, headed substantially lower. Credit markets also came under pressure with investment grade and high-yield corporate credit delivering negative returns as treasury yields – pricing in the Fed’s hawkish stance – maintained the upward trajectory. Also, the positive correlation to US paper led European sovereign yields higher. 

Market environment and performance
The eurozone economy advanced by 0.2 per cent on quarter in the first three months of 2022, the least since the bloc exited a recession last year and below market expectations of a 0.3 per cent growth. Forward looking indicators, notably Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) data painted a somewhat mixed picture as services – benefiting from loosened coronavirus restrictions – expanded while manufacturing contracted. Price pressures remained, with energy and food prices continuing to contribute to a rise in annual inflation – a fresh record high at 7.5 per cent.

The US economy unexpectedly contracted by an annualized 1.4 per cent on quarter in the first three months of 2022 against expectations of a 1.1 per cent expansion as a record trade deficit and a decline in inventory investment weighed on. Aggregate business activity in the US continued to signal an expansion across the private sector. Such expansion, reading at 56, however proved slightly slower than the upturn at the end of Q1, as softer data in the service sector offset the faster expansion in manufacturing.  Annual inflation rate in the US slowed to 8.3 per cent in April, from 8.5 per cent in the previous month, yet exceeding market expectations of 8.1 per cent. Core inflation, which excludes transitory or temporary price volatility, slowed to 6.2 per cent from 6.5 per cent a month earlier.

Sovereign yields across both the single currency bloc and the US furthered on the strong upward trajectory witnessed in March, heading to the highest in years on expectations of more aggressive interest rate increases by major central banks and in spite of worsening sentiment due to China’s strict coronavirus curbs. ECB president Christine Lagarde repeated the message that asset purchases will end early in Q3 and rates could rise this year, but affirmed that the governing council will maintain “optionality”. Meanwhile, Chair of the Fed Jerome Powell signalled that a 50-basis point hike would take place in May to step-up the Fed’s efforts against inflationary pressures.  Overall, the yield on the benchmark 10-year German Bund and Treasury closed the month 39 and 60bps higher than the previous month end, at 0.94 and 2.93 per cent, respectively.

Equity markets had an awful performance in April as inflationary worries and consequent monetary tightening expectations have come to the fore. While such theme has been common across developed markets, US markets have underperformed compared to their European peers as the latter have already seen significant erosion year-to-date on growing concerns regarding their economic backdrop going forward into the year. Meanwhile emerging markets have seen further travails from the economic slowdown in China. The S&P 500 index fell by 4.19 per cent as the FED’s hawkish stance on inflation hammered cyclical sectors still trading at high multiples, such as technology and consumer discretionary. Consumer staples was the only sector which closed the month on a positive. In Europe, the EuroStoxx50 and the DAX lost 2.50 and 2.02 per cent respectively.

Fund performance
Performance for the month of April was -3.08 per cent for the CC Balanced Portfolio Fund. The fund continued to gradually tap the market following a period in which cash was consciously maintained in order to potentially take advantage from any market weakness. Indeed, April presented the perfect opportunity for long-term investors to tap the market.

Market and investment outlook
Going forward, the Manager sees the macroeconomic backdrop deteriorating, particularly in Europe as inflationary pressures start pinching disposable income. From a credit point of view, the Manager will continue to monitor the current unprecedented environment and take opportunities which should continue to add value to the portfolio. The recent widening in corporate credit spreads may indeed pose an opportunity, presenting attractive entry points.

From the equity front, the Manager remains very cautious in an environment where the fundamental convictions are overridden by emotions and momentum becomes paramount. Although recent losses in highly cyclical sectors have decompressed previously high multiples, the prospects of a more challenging economic environment ahead might make current valuations still unsustainable. The Manager considers that all these arguments warrant caution at this point in time, particularly in relation to the equity allocation with an emphasis on inflation-resilient business models and strong cash flows. Thus, the Manager remains committed to a conservative allocation and a flexible cash position so that the Fund is prepared for future market volatility and possibly opportunities.

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Key Facts & Performance

Fund Manager

Jordan Portelli

Jordan is an Investment Manager at Calamatta Cuschieri and is the Head of the Fixed Income desk. Jordan has over 10 years’ experience in High Yield debt. He is a member on a number of Investment Committees and is also a member on the House View Committee of Calamatta Cuschieri. He obtained a Diploma in Business and Management from Cambridge College in the U.K. He also obtained his BSc (Hons) in Economics from the London School of Economics.

PRICE (EUR)

ASSET CLASS

Mixed

MIN. INITIAL INVESTMENT

€5000

FUND TYPE

UCITS

BASE CURRENCY

EUR

RETURN (SINCE INCEPTION)*

-8.72%

*View Performance History below
Inception Date: 03 Nov 2021
ISIN: MT7000030664
Bloomberg Ticker: CCPBSCA MV
Entry Charge: Up to 2.50%
Total Expense Ratio: 2.27%
Exit Charge: None
Distribution Yield (%):
Underlying Yield (%):
Distribution: Nil
Total Net Assets: €4.82 mn
Month end NAV in EUR: 91.28
Number of Holdings: 22
Auditors: Deloitte Malta
Legal Advisor: Ganado Advocates
Custodian: Sparkasse Bank Malta p.l.c.
% of Top 10 Holdings: 55.4

Performance To Date (EUR)

Top 10 Holdings

CC Funds SICAV plc - Euro High Yield
12.9%
UBS (Lux) Bond Fund - Euro High Yield
7.5%
Nordea 1 - European High Yield Bond Fund
6.6%
Legg Mason Global Funds plc
5.0%
Robeco BP US Large Cap Equities
4.7%
Fundsmith SICAV - Equity Fund
4.5%
Comgest Growth plc - Europe Opportunities
4.4%
BlackRock Global High Yield Bond Fund
3.6%
UBS (Lux) Equity Fund - European Opp Sustainable EUR
3.3%
Invesco Pan European Equity Fund
2.9%
Data for major sector breakdown is not available for this fund.
Data for maturity buckets is not available for this fund.
Data for credit ratings is not available for this fund.

Risk & Reward Profile

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Lower Risk

Potentialy Lower Reward

Higher Risk

Potentialy Higher Reward

Top Holdings by Country

European Region
30.40%
Global
21.90%
International
12.40%
U.S.
11.20%
China
1.50%

Asset Allocation

Fund 76.10%
Cash 22.60%
ETF 1.30%

Performance History (EUR)*

YTD

-8.10%

2021

-0.67%

1-month

-3.08%

3-month

-5.04%

6-month

-2.96%

Annualised Since Inception

-%

* The Accumulator Share Class (Class A) was launched on 3 November 2021
** Returns quoted net of TER. Entry and exit charges may reduce returns for investors.

Currency Allocation

Euro 95.30%
USD 4.70%
GBP 0.0%
Data for risk statistics is not available for this fund.

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  • Investment Objectives

    The Fund aims to achieve long-term capital growth by investing in a diversified portfolio of collective investment schemes.

    The Investment Manager (“We”) invest in collective investment schemes (“CIS”) (including UCITS, exchange-traded funds and other collective investment undertakings) that invest in a broad range of assets, including debt and equity securities. In instances, this may involve investing in CISs that are managed by the Investment Manager.

    The Investment Manager (“We”) aims to build a diversified portfolio spread across several industries and sectors.

    The Fund is actively managed, not managed by reference to any index.

  • Investor profile

    A typical investor in the CC Balanced Strategy Fund is:

    • Seeking to achieve stable, long-term capital appreciation
    • Seeking an actively managed & diversified investment in equity funds and bond funds
    • Planning to hold their investment for at least 3-5 years 
    Investor Profile Icon
  • Fund Rules

    The Investment Manager of the CC High Income Bond Funds – EUR and USD has the duty to ensure that the underlying investments of the funds are well diversified. According to the prospectus, the investment manager has to abide by a number of investment restrictions to safeguard the value of the assets

  • Commentary

    April 2022

    Introduction
    April, along the same route of the preceding three months and first quarter of the year proved negative for financial markets. Russia’s invasion in Ukraine, stringent Covid-19 policies in China once more prompting demand concerns and supply-chain disruptions, and expectations of a swift tightening in US monetary policy all weighed on sentiment. Global equity indices, notably the tech-heavy Nasdaq, headed substantially lower. Credit markets also came under pressure with investment grade and high-yield corporate credit delivering negative returns as treasury yields – pricing in the Fed’s hawkish stance – maintained the upward trajectory. Also, the positive correlation to US paper led European sovereign yields higher. 

    Market environment and performance
    The eurozone economy advanced by 0.2 per cent on quarter in the first three months of 2022, the least since the bloc exited a recession last year and below market expectations of a 0.3 per cent growth. Forward looking indicators, notably Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) data painted a somewhat mixed picture as services – benefiting from loosened coronavirus restrictions – expanded while manufacturing contracted. Price pressures remained, with energy and food prices continuing to contribute to a rise in annual inflation – a fresh record high at 7.5 per cent.

    The US economy unexpectedly contracted by an annualized 1.4 per cent on quarter in the first three months of 2022 against expectations of a 1.1 per cent expansion as a record trade deficit and a decline in inventory investment weighed on. Aggregate business activity in the US continued to signal an expansion across the private sector. Such expansion, reading at 56, however proved slightly slower than the upturn at the end of Q1, as softer data in the service sector offset the faster expansion in manufacturing.  Annual inflation rate in the US slowed to 8.3 per cent in April, from 8.5 per cent in the previous month, yet exceeding market expectations of 8.1 per cent. Core inflation, which excludes transitory or temporary price volatility, slowed to 6.2 per cent from 6.5 per cent a month earlier.

    Sovereign yields across both the single currency bloc and the US furthered on the strong upward trajectory witnessed in March, heading to the highest in years on expectations of more aggressive interest rate increases by major central banks and in spite of worsening sentiment due to China’s strict coronavirus curbs. ECB president Christine Lagarde repeated the message that asset purchases will end early in Q3 and rates could rise this year, but affirmed that the governing council will maintain “optionality”. Meanwhile, Chair of the Fed Jerome Powell signalled that a 50-basis point hike would take place in May to step-up the Fed’s efforts against inflationary pressures.  Overall, the yield on the benchmark 10-year German Bund and Treasury closed the month 39 and 60bps higher than the previous month end, at 0.94 and 2.93 per cent, respectively.

    Equity markets had an awful performance in April as inflationary worries and consequent monetary tightening expectations have come to the fore. While such theme has been common across developed markets, US markets have underperformed compared to their European peers as the latter have already seen significant erosion year-to-date on growing concerns regarding their economic backdrop going forward into the year. Meanwhile emerging markets have seen further travails from the economic slowdown in China. The S&P 500 index fell by 4.19 per cent as the FED’s hawkish stance on inflation hammered cyclical sectors still trading at high multiples, such as technology and consumer discretionary. Consumer staples was the only sector which closed the month on a positive. In Europe, the EuroStoxx50 and the DAX lost 2.50 and 2.02 per cent respectively.

    Fund performance
    Performance for the month of April was -3.08 per cent for the CC Balanced Portfolio Fund. The fund continued to gradually tap the market following a period in which cash was consciously maintained in order to potentially take advantage from any market weakness. Indeed, April presented the perfect opportunity for long-term investors to tap the market.

    Market and investment outlook
    Going forward, the Manager sees the macroeconomic backdrop deteriorating, particularly in Europe as inflationary pressures start pinching disposable income. From a credit point of view, the Manager will continue to monitor the current unprecedented environment and take opportunities which should continue to add value to the portfolio. The recent widening in corporate credit spreads may indeed pose an opportunity, presenting attractive entry points.

    From the equity front, the Manager remains very cautious in an environment where the fundamental convictions are overridden by emotions and momentum becomes paramount. Although recent losses in highly cyclical sectors have decompressed previously high multiples, the prospects of a more challenging economic environment ahead might make current valuations still unsustainable. The Manager considers that all these arguments warrant caution at this point in time, particularly in relation to the equity allocation with an emphasis on inflation-resilient business models and strong cash flows. Thus, the Manager remains committed to a conservative allocation and a flexible cash position so that the Fund is prepared for future market volatility and possibly opportunities.

  • Key facts & performance

    Fund Manager

    Jordan Portelli

    Jordan is an Investment Manager at Calamatta Cuschieri and is the Head of the Fixed Income desk. Jordan has over 10 years’ experience in High Yield debt. He is a member on a number of Investment Committees and is also a member on the House View Committee of Calamatta Cuschieri. He obtained a Diploma in Business and Management from Cambridge College in the U.K. He also obtained his BSc (Hons) in Economics from the London School of Economics.

    PRICE (EUR)

    ASSET CLASS

    Mixed

    MIN. INITIAL INVESTMENT

    €5000

    FUND TYPE

    UCITS

    BASE CURRENCY

    EUR

    RETURN (SINCE INCEPTION)*

    -8.72%

    *View Performance History below
    Inception Date: 03 Nov 2021
    ISIN: MT7000030664
    Bloomberg Ticker: CCPBSCA MV
    Entry Charge: Up to 2.50%
    Total Expense Ratio: 2.27%
    Exit Charge: None
    Distribution Yield (%):
    Underlying Yield (%):
    Distribution: Nil
    Total Net Assets: €4.82 mn
    Month end NAV in EUR: 91.28
    Number of Holdings: 22
    Auditors: Deloitte Malta
    Legal Advisor: Ganado Advocates
    Custodian: Sparkasse Bank Malta p.l.c.
    % of Top 10 Holdings: 55.4

    Performance To Date (EUR)

    Risk & Reward Profile

    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    6
    7
    Lower Risk

    Potentialy Lower Reward

    Higher Risk

    Potentialy Higher Reward

    Top 10 Holdings

    CC Funds SICAV plc - Euro High Yield
    12.9%
    UBS (Lux) Bond Fund - Euro High Yield
    7.5%
    Nordea 1 - European High Yield Bond Fund
    6.6%
    Legg Mason Global Funds plc
    5.0%
    Robeco BP US Large Cap Equities
    4.7%
    Fundsmith SICAV - Equity Fund
    4.5%
    Comgest Growth plc - Europe Opportunities
    4.4%
    BlackRock Global High Yield Bond Fund
    3.6%
    UBS (Lux) Equity Fund - European Opp Sustainable EUR
    3.3%
    Invesco Pan European Equity Fund
    2.9%

    Top Holdings by Country

    European Region
    30.40%
    Global
    21.90%
    International
    12.40%
    U.S.
    11.20%
    China
    1.50%

    Asset Allocation

    Fund 76.10%
    Cash 22.60%
    ETF 1.30%

    Performance History (EUR)*

    YTD

    -8.10%

    2021

    -0.67%

    1-month

    -3.08%

    3-month

    -5.04%

    6-month

    -2.96%

    Annualised Since Inception

    -%

    * The Accumulator Share Class (Class A) was launched on 3 November 2021
    ** Returns quoted net of TER. Entry and exit charges may reduce returns for investors.

    Currency Allocation

    Euro 95.30%
    USD 4.70%
    GBP 0.0%
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