Investment Objectives

The investment objective of the Fund is to endeavour to maximise the total level of return for investors through investment, primarily, in a diversified portfolio of equity securities. In seeking to achieve the Fund’s investment objective, the Investment Manager will invest at least 80% of its assets in equity securities.

Investments in equity securities may include, but are not limited to, dividend-paying securities, equities, Collective Investment Schemes (CISs) including exchange traded funds and preferred shares of global issuers.

The Fund will invest a substantial proportion of its assets in other UCITSs, including ETFs, and other eligible CISs.

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

Investor Profile

A typical investor in the CC Global Opportunities Funds is:

  • Seeking to achieve capital growth over time.
  • Seeking an actively managed & diversified equity portfolio in Global blue-chip companies

Fund Rules

The Investment Manager of the CC Global Opportunities Fund has the duty to ensure that the underlying investments of the fund is well diversified.

The investment manager has to abide by a number of investment restrictions to safeguard the value of the assets of the fund. Some of the restrictions include:

  • The fund may not invest more than 10% of its assets in securities listed by the same body
  • The fund may not keep more than 10% of its assets on deposit with any one credit institution. This limit may be increased to 30% in respect of deposits with an Approved Institution
  • The fund may not invest more than 20% of its assets in any other funds
  • The fund may not carry out uncovered sales (naked short-selling) of securities or other financial instruments

Commentary

December 2022

Introduction

This year’s December failed to fulfil market expectations for a Santa rally, marking the end of the most difficult year in decades for markets. Market participants were caught again on the wrong foot by a hawkish FED, whose expectations regarding where interest rates will be as at the end of 2023 remained elevated compared to market consensus. Despite bond markets showed no sign of stress, with yields significantly lower compared to where they were six months ago, the prospects of real economic and corporate earnings recessions have clearly influenced market sentiment. While the expected economic recession in 2023 has become a virtual certainty for analysts and researchers, the unexpected shift in economic policy in China has the potential of changing the financial markets focus going forward. Indeed, after the lifting of zero-covid policy measures which were in force since 2020, new public policies have been announced to prop up the flagging property sector, effectively reversing the “three red lines” policy unveiled two years ago. Notwithstanding the unpredictable humanitarian impact of a spike in covid cases in the near future, the efforts to return the Chinese economy on consistent growth path could change completely portfolio allocation playbooks devised so far for the coming year. Meanwhile, in Europe the warmest winter in the last decade capped to the downside energy consumption and prices, providing an unexpected positive tone to local markets, including diminishing “fragmentation” risks in fixed income markets. The US economy continues to prove more resilience than expected in a higher interest rates environment, focusing the public debate more on core inflation stickiness than on the odds of a hard landing.  The only economic certainty regarding 2023 to date is the uncertainty whether a recession will that of a soft or a hard landing.

From the monetary front, the FED raised its benchmark interest rate with another 50bps, to a 4.25%-4.5% targeted range, the highest level in the last 15 years. In addition, FOMC members expect keeping rates higher through next year, with the expected terminal rate being around 5.1%. Meanwhile the ECB pushed its key rate from 1.5% to 2% and confirmed it would need to raise rates further to reign inflation. It also indicated that from March 2023 it will begin reducing its balance sheet, however underlining that it sees a potential recession in the region as being relatively short-lived. Finally, the Bank of Japan, the last major central bank keeping a relatively easing monetary policy, shocked markets when it decided easing its bond yield control allowing long-term interest rates to raise more, thus easing the costs of its ongoing monetary stimulus.

December was the last ache of the most painful year in equity markets since the Great Financial Crisis. Even if bond yields could have provided a floor on a fundamental level by at least not challenging valuation levels further, this was not enough to alleviate growing concerns regarding corporate earnings expectations. In an environment comprising attractive opportunities in the fixed income space, equity markets valuations are based on highly optimistic assumptions on how companies will weather macroeconomic headwinds without eroding operational margins. As well, as inflation expectations will linger into the next year, it would be also highly optimistic to assume that companies will continue fully passing on to the end consumer increases in their cost base. In reality, gloomy expectations loomed also before the most recent earnings seasons, in time to be denied by resilient corporate reports. Ultimately the as yet elevated inflation levels, are aligned to the expectations for an economic reason to prevail.

Market Environment and Performance

Forward looking indicators continued depicting a somewhat gloomy landscape in Europe, noting a deterioration in the rate of growth. Euro-area manufacturing PMI remained in contractionary territory at a 47.8 reading, despite inflation easing and supply chains stabilizing. Services PMI improved somewhat at 49.8 from a reading of 48.5 in the previous month, posting a fifth consecutive monthly contraction reading. In December the annual inflation rate eased to 9.2% from 10.1% in the previous month, however core inflation which excludes transitory or temporary price volatility edged higher to a 5.2% level.

In the U.S. aggregate business activity pointed to a solid contraction across the private sector. Notably, the December composite PMI reading fell to 44.6 from last month level of 46.4. Manufacturing PMI depicted the biggest contraction in factory activity since May 2020. Meanwhile the service sector posted the fastest pace of contraction for the last four months. Annual inflation rate in the US slowed further to 6.5%, in line with the expectations. Month-on-month, consumer prices were at -0.1%, below expectations of a 0.1% rise, namely reflecting lower energy prices.

Looking at December’s equity moves, for the second time this year investors’ elusive hope for a more accommodative monetary policy on the back of economic softness, has been dismissed by the FED focus on the long-term inflationary pressures. Surprisingly US equities have again strongly underperformed European markets as the US dollar depreciation continued. European markets had a floor on their negative performance as investors hoped that diminishing gas prices caused by the warm weather will help the region avoiding a hard recession in 2023. Emerging markets also outperformed US as the opening up of the Chinese economy following the zero covid policy termination has given a new life line to the local stock market. The S&P 500 index fall by 9.38% as all sectors finished the month in negative territory led by technology and consumer discretionary. In Europe, the EuroStoxx50 and the DAX lost 4.32% and 3.29% respectively, with the financial sector being again the main performer following expectations of ECB rising rates further.

Fund Performance

In the month of December, the Global Opportunities Fund registered a 4.96 per cent loss. Over 2022 the fund’s performance closed with a 21.91 per cent loss, underperforming its hedged comparable benchmark by 365 bps. During the month, the Fund’s allocation has been adjusted, as the Manager increased the health care sector exposure through a new conviction name, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, based on expected resilience of earnings generation power in a challenging macroeconomic environment scenario. As well, the Fund’s SAP holding has been liquidated with a view to decreasing the exposure in the technology space.

Market and Investment Outlook

Going forward, the Manager is of the believe that persistent high interest rates coupled with inflation stickiness will further deteriorate the economic landscape going forward, potentially pushing the global economy on the brink of recession. Recent earnings forecasts downgrades are expected to be followed by a challenging fourth quarter corporate earnings season which will again ask questions about current market valuations. Overall equities return expectations remain depressed, however a continuing of the current US dollar depreciation trend might start differentiating expectations between various geographies. In conclusion, the Manager remains faithful to its cautious approach, favouring defensive sectors and elevated cash levels. However, the Manager is weighing the change in market dynamics following the China re-opening which is surely a positive for the global economy. Thus, expectations of sectorial re-positioning in the coming days is highly probable.

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Key Facts & Performance

Fund Manager

Jordan Portelli

Jordan is CIO at CC Finance Group. He has extensive experience in research and portfolio management with various institutions. Today he is responsible of the group’s investment strategy and manages credit and multi-asset strategies.

PRICE (EUR)

ASSET CLASS

Equity

MIN. INITIAL INVESTMENT

€100000

FUND TYPE

UCITS

BASE CURRENCY

EUR

RETURN (SINCE INCEPTION)*

-2.07%

*View Performance History below
Inception Date: 05 Feb 2020
ISIN: MT7000026506
Bloomberg Ticker: CCFEEBE MV
Entry Charge: Up to 2.5%
Total Expense Ratio: 2.08%
Exit Charge: None
Distribution Yield (%): N/A
Underlying Yield (%): N/A
Distribution: N/A
Total Net Assets: €6.3 mn
Month end NAV in EUR: 123.61
Number of Holdings: 44
Auditors: Deloitte Malta
Legal Advisor: Ganado & Associates
Custodian: Sparkasse Bank Malta p.l.c.
% of Top 10 Holdings: 35.58

Performance To Date (EUR)

Top 10 Holdings

JP Morgan US Value
7.3%
iShares Core S&P 500
5.3%
iShares S&P 500 Financials
4.2%
iShares MSCI EM Asia Acc
3.8%
iShares S&P Health Care
3.4%
iShares S&P 500 Industrials
3.0%
JP Morgan US Growth
2.8%
MSCI World Energy
2.2%
MSCI World Consumer Staples
2.0%
iShares MSCI World
1.5%

Major Sector Breakdown

ETFs
16.9%
Information Technology
14.9%
Financials
10.7%
Health Care
9.4%
Consumer Discretionary
8.6%
Industrials
7.2%
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*

United States
53.7%
France
11.5%
Europe
11.2%
Asia
7.1%
Germany
3.1%
United Kingdom
1.2%
Netherlands
1.2%
*including exposures to ETFs. Does not adopt a look- through approach.

Asset Allocation

Cash 11.0%
Equities 50.9%
ETF 27.9%
Fund 10.2%

Performance History (EUR)*

YTD

-15.17%

2021

18.50%

2020*

-2.58%

1-month

0.00%

12-month

-15.17%

Annualised Since Inception**

-0.72%

* The Euro Equity Fund Institutional Share Class B was launched on 5 February 2020 and eventually changed its name to the Global Oppportunities Fund Institutional Share Class B on 14 May 2020.
** The Annualised rate is an indication of the average growth of the Fund over one year. The value of the investment and the income yield derived from the investment, if any, may go down as well as up and past performance is not necessarily indicative of future performance, nor a reliable guide to future performance. Hence returns may not be achieved and you may lose all or part of your investment in the Fund. Currency fluctuations may affect the value of investments and any derived income.
*** Returns quoted net of TER. Entry and exit charges may reduce returns for investors.

Currency Allocation

Euro 35.6%
USD 61.0%
GBP 3.4%
Data for risk statistics is not available for this fund.

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  • Investment Objectives

    The investment objective of the Fund is to endeavour to maximise the total level of return for investors through investment, primarily, in a diversified portfolio of equity securities. In seeking to achieve the Fund’s investment objective, the Investment Manager will invest at least 80% of its assets in equity securities.

    Investments in equity securities may include, but are not limited to, dividend-paying securities, equities, Collective Investment Schemes (CISs) including exchange traded funds and preferred shares of global issuers.

    The Fund will invest a substantial proportion of its assets in other UCITSs, including ETFs, and other eligible CISs.

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

  • Investor profile

    A typical investor in the CC Global Opportunities Funds is:

    • Seeking to achieve capital growth over time.
    • Seeking an actively managed & diversified equity portfolio in Global blue-chip companies
    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

    • The fund may not invest more than 10% of its assets in securities listed by the same body
    • The fund may not keep more than 10% of its assets on deposit with any one credit institution. This limit may be increased to 30% in respect of deposits with an Approved Institution
    • The fund may not invest more than 20% of its assets in any other funds
    • The fund may not carry out uncovered sales (naked short-selling) of securities or other financial instruments
  • Commentary

    December 2022

    Introduction

    This year’s December failed to fulfil market expectations for a Santa rally, marking the end of the most difficult year in decades for markets. Market participants were caught again on the wrong foot by a hawkish FED, whose expectations regarding where interest rates will be as at the end of 2023 remained elevated compared to market consensus. Despite bond markets showed no sign of stress, with yields significantly lower compared to where they were six months ago, the prospects of real economic and corporate earnings recessions have clearly influenced market sentiment. While the expected economic recession in 2023 has become a virtual certainty for analysts and researchers, the unexpected shift in economic policy in China has the potential of changing the financial markets focus going forward. Indeed, after the lifting of zero-covid policy measures which were in force since 2020, new public policies have been announced to prop up the flagging property sector, effectively reversing the “three red lines” policy unveiled two years ago. Notwithstanding the unpredictable humanitarian impact of a spike in covid cases in the near future, the efforts to return the Chinese economy on consistent growth path could change completely portfolio allocation playbooks devised so far for the coming year. Meanwhile, in Europe the warmest winter in the last decade capped to the downside energy consumption and prices, providing an unexpected positive tone to local markets, including diminishing “fragmentation” risks in fixed income markets. The US economy continues to prove more resilience than expected in a higher interest rates environment, focusing the public debate more on core inflation stickiness than on the odds of a hard landing.  The only economic certainty regarding 2023 to date is the uncertainty whether a recession will that of a soft or a hard landing.

    From the monetary front, the FED raised its benchmark interest rate with another 50bps, to a 4.25%-4.5% targeted range, the highest level in the last 15 years. In addition, FOMC members expect keeping rates higher through next year, with the expected terminal rate being around 5.1%. Meanwhile the ECB pushed its key rate from 1.5% to 2% and confirmed it would need to raise rates further to reign inflation. It also indicated that from March 2023 it will begin reducing its balance sheet, however underlining that it sees a potential recession in the region as being relatively short-lived. Finally, the Bank of Japan, the last major central bank keeping a relatively easing monetary policy, shocked markets when it decided easing its bond yield control allowing long-term interest rates to raise more, thus easing the costs of its ongoing monetary stimulus.

    December was the last ache of the most painful year in equity markets since the Great Financial Crisis. Even if bond yields could have provided a floor on a fundamental level by at least not challenging valuation levels further, this was not enough to alleviate growing concerns regarding corporate earnings expectations. In an environment comprising attractive opportunities in the fixed income space, equity markets valuations are based on highly optimistic assumptions on how companies will weather macroeconomic headwinds without eroding operational margins. As well, as inflation expectations will linger into the next year, it would be also highly optimistic to assume that companies will continue fully passing on to the end consumer increases in their cost base. In reality, gloomy expectations loomed also before the most recent earnings seasons, in time to be denied by resilient corporate reports. Ultimately the as yet elevated inflation levels, are aligned to the expectations for an economic reason to prevail.

    Market Environment and Performance

    Forward looking indicators continued depicting a somewhat gloomy landscape in Europe, noting a deterioration in the rate of growth. Euro-area manufacturing PMI remained in contractionary territory at a 47.8 reading, despite inflation easing and supply chains stabilizing. Services PMI improved somewhat at 49.8 from a reading of 48.5 in the previous month, posting a fifth consecutive monthly contraction reading. In December the annual inflation rate eased to 9.2% from 10.1% in the previous month, however core inflation which excludes transitory or temporary price volatility edged higher to a 5.2% level.

    In the U.S. aggregate business activity pointed to a solid contraction across the private sector. Notably, the December composite PMI reading fell to 44.6 from last month level of 46.4. Manufacturing PMI depicted the biggest contraction in factory activity since May 2020. Meanwhile the service sector posted the fastest pace of contraction for the last four months. Annual inflation rate in the US slowed further to 6.5%, in line with the expectations. Month-on-month, consumer prices were at -0.1%, below expectations of a 0.1% rise, namely reflecting lower energy prices.

    Looking at December’s equity moves, for the second time this year investors’ elusive hope for a more accommodative monetary policy on the back of economic softness, has been dismissed by the FED focus on the long-term inflationary pressures. Surprisingly US equities have again strongly underperformed European markets as the US dollar depreciation continued. European markets had a floor on their negative performance as investors hoped that diminishing gas prices caused by the warm weather will help the region avoiding a hard recession in 2023. Emerging markets also outperformed US as the opening up of the Chinese economy following the zero covid policy termination has given a new life line to the local stock market. The S&P 500 index fall by 9.38% as all sectors finished the month in negative territory led by technology and consumer discretionary. In Europe, the EuroStoxx50 and the DAX lost 4.32% and 3.29% respectively, with the financial sector being again the main performer following expectations of ECB rising rates further.

    Fund Performance

    In the month of December, the Global Opportunities Fund registered a 4.96 per cent loss. Over 2022 the fund’s performance closed with a 21.91 per cent loss, underperforming its hedged comparable benchmark by 365 bps. During the month, the Fund’s allocation has been adjusted, as the Manager increased the health care sector exposure through a new conviction name, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, based on expected resilience of earnings generation power in a challenging macroeconomic environment scenario. As well, the Fund’s SAP holding has been liquidated with a view to decreasing the exposure in the technology space.

    Market and Investment Outlook

    Going forward, the Manager is of the believe that persistent high interest rates coupled with inflation stickiness will further deteriorate the economic landscape going forward, potentially pushing the global economy on the brink of recession. Recent earnings forecasts downgrades are expected to be followed by a challenging fourth quarter corporate earnings season which will again ask questions about current market valuations. Overall equities return expectations remain depressed, however a continuing of the current US dollar depreciation trend might start differentiating expectations between various geographies. In conclusion, the Manager remains faithful to its cautious approach, favouring defensive sectors and elevated cash levels. However, the Manager is weighing the change in market dynamics following the China re-opening which is surely a positive for the global economy. Thus, expectations of sectorial re-positioning in the coming days is highly probable.

  • Key facts & performance

    Fund Manager

    Jordan Portelli

    Jordan is CIO at CC Finance Group. He has extensive experience in research and portfolio management with various institutions. Today he is responsible of the group’s investment strategy and manages credit and multi-asset strategies.

    PRICE (EUR)

    ASSET CLASS

    Equity

    MIN. INITIAL INVESTMENT

    €100000

    FUND TYPE

    UCITS

    BASE CURRENCY

    EUR

    RETURN (SINCE INCEPTION)*

    -2.07%

    *View Performance History below
    Inception Date: 05 Feb 2020
    ISIN: MT7000026506
    Bloomberg Ticker: CCFEEBE MV
    Entry Charge: Up to 2.5%
    Total Expense Ratio: 2.08%
    Exit Charge: None
    Distribution Yield (%): N/A
    Underlying Yield (%): N/A
    Distribution: N/A
    Total Net Assets: €6.3 mn
    Month end NAV in EUR: 123.61
    Number of Holdings: 44
    Auditors: Deloitte Malta
    Legal Advisor: Ganado & Associates
    Custodian: Sparkasse Bank Malta p.l.c.
    % of Top 10 Holdings: 35.58

    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

    JP Morgan US Value
    7.3%
    iShares Core S&P 500
    5.3%
    iShares S&P 500 Financials
    4.2%
    iShares MSCI EM Asia Acc
    3.8%
    iShares S&P Health Care
    3.4%
    iShares S&P 500 Industrials
    3.0%
    JP Morgan US Growth
    2.8%
    MSCI World Energy
    2.2%
    MSCI World Consumer Staples
    2.0%
    iShares MSCI World
    1.5%

    Top Holdings by Country*

    United States
    53.7%
    France
    11.5%
    Europe
    11.2%
    Asia
    7.1%
    Germany
    3.1%
    United Kingdom
    1.2%
    Netherlands
    1.2%
    *including exposures to ETFs. Does not adopt a look- through approach.

    Major Sector Breakdown

    ETFs
    16.9%
    Information Technology
    14.9%
    Financials
    10.7%
    Health Care
    9.4%
    Consumer Discretionary
    8.6%
    Industrials
    7.2%

    Asset Allocation

    Cash 11.0%
    Equities 50.9%
    ETF 27.9%
    Fund 10.2%

    Performance History (EUR)*

    YTD

    -15.17%

    2021

    18.50%

    2020*

    -2.58%

    1-month

    0.00%

    12-month

    -15.17%

    Annualised Since Inception**

    -0.72%

    * The Euro Equity Fund Institutional Share Class B was launched on 5 February 2020 and eventually changed its name to the Global Oppportunities Fund Institutional Share Class B on 14 May 2020.
    ** The Annualised rate is an indication of the average growth of the Fund over one year. The value of the investment and the income yield derived from the investment, if any, may go down as well as up and past performance is not necessarily indicative of future performance, nor a reliable guide to future performance. Hence returns may not be achieved and you may lose all or part of your investment in the Fund. Currency fluctuations may affect the value of investments and any derived income.
    *** Returns quoted net of TER. Entry and exit charges may reduce returns for investors.

    Currency Allocation

    Euro 35.6%
    USD 61.0%
    GBP 3.4%
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