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

April 2022

Introduction

April was a month of reckoning for markets. Expectations as regards FED’s commitment about tackling inflation have been more than validated as inflation crept up to levels probably unimaginable a year ago. What was debatable in February, as a possible course of action in terms of interest rate hikes by year end, has been now actioned by the FED effectively shifting upwards market expectations regarding future FOMC meetings. This sent bond yields sharply up and stocks firmly down ending the debate as to whether we are in market correction or an outright bear market. Financial markets aside, the economic growth concerns are compounding the unsettling effects of inflation. In Europe, economic growth is endangered by the effects of the prolonging war in Ukraine. In China, economic growth is questioned by zero-covid policy lockdowns in Shanghai and Beijing areas and feeble leading macro indicators. In other emerging markets, economic growth is trampled by rocketing energy prices and a surging US dollar. And in the US, although the employment numbers are still positive, there are growing concerns that more interest rate hikes might eventually push the economy into recession. The stagflation scenario feared not a long time ago now paints to a very bleak forecast for this year. 

From the monetary front, the FED is seen more and more as having done a very serious mistakes last year when framing inflation as “transitory” and now feeling the need of playing catch up with this phenomenon at any cost. And even in Europe the initial perplexity from an ECB conditioned by a weak economic recovery to doing nothing has begun to make way for expectations of raising interest rates this year to fight inflation. In contrast, in China weak economic numbers have commanded fresh stimuli from monetary authorities as the economic growth target set by Communist authorities for this year is in serious doubt.

In the month of April equity markets have lost all the gains from last month. Only the very defensive sectors like consumer staples and utilities have withstand the market rout, as clearly investors are abandoning the growth stories built on high market multiples and valuing more real cash flows and proven earnings power. Although all in all the earnings season was positive, there is a real concern that consumer spending will look weaker in the quarters ahead and current earnings expectations are overstated. Caution is still the name of the game in equity markets.  

Market Environment and Performance

The Eurozone economy advanced by 0.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2022, the least since the bloc exited recession last year. Business activity in the Euro economic area painted a mixed picture as services benefitted from loosened coronavirus restrictions, while manufacturing contracted. As such, the Eurozone Composite Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) increased to 55.8 in April from the previous month reading of 54.9.  

In April, energy and food prices continued to contribute to a rise in annual inflation, leading to a fresh record high in Eurozone inflation of 7.5 per cent, in line with expectations. Core inflation, which excludes transitory or temporary price volatility, rose to 3.5 per cent – the highest reading since available record began in January 1997. The rate inflation remains well above the European Central bank (ECB) target of 2.0 per cent. Month-on-month, inflation increased by 0.6 per cent.

The US economy unexpectedly contracted by an annualized 1.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2022, against expectations of 1.1 per cent expansion. Aggregate business activity in the US continued to signal an expansion in April across the private sector. US Services PMI revised slightly higher to 55.6 from a preliminary of 54.7, came in lower than the previous month’s reading of 58. Meanwhile, manufacturing PMI headed higher to 59.2 from 58.8 in March, pointing to the strongest growth in factory activity in seven months.

Annual inflation rate in the U.S. 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. The reading marked the 14th consecutive month that inflation is above the FED’s 2 per cent target as energy costs weigh. Similarly, core inflation, which excludes transitory or temporary price volatility, slowed to 6.2 per cent from 6.5 per cent a month earlier.

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 form the economic slowdown in China. The S&P 500 index fell by 4.19% as the FED’s hawkish stance on inflation has hammered cyclical sectors still trading at high multiples. In Europe, the EuroStoxx50 and the DAX lost 2.50% and 2. 02% respectively, mainly on a deteriorating macroeconomic perspective in the Eurozone.

Fund Performance

In the month of April the Global Opportunities Fund registered a 6.22 per cent loss. On a year-to-date basis the fund’s performance closed with a 14.02 per cent loss, underperforming its hedged comparable benchmark by 411bp. The Fund’s allocation realignment to the Manager’s fundamental change in geographies and sectors convictions has continued. Consequently, the Manager has liquidated its exposures to European funds Comgest and Morgan Stanley, to the Chinese fund Schroders, to the thematic fund Blackrock Sustainable Energy, and to the Automation & Robotics theme. As well, it trimmed exposures to cyclical ETFs and direct names like L’Oreal and European banks. In addition, it used the attractive entry points to add-on to its positions in Verizon, Johnson & Johnson and Apple, and opened a new position in BNP Paribas. The cash levels has been increased.

Market and Investment Outlook

Going forward, the Manager sees the macroeconomic backdrop deteriorating particularly in Europe as inflationary pressures start pinching disposable income. In the US the peak inflation debate might actually prove to be irrelevant in the coming months as the FED could be already committed to a certain course of action. In addition, a protracted period with oil prices at current levels might be sufficient to cause a global recession, if the already heightened level in government yields globally will not do the job instead. Yield levels make bonds more and more appealing as an asset class when compared to stocks for the first time in the last decade. These are arguments for keeping the defensive positioning taken since the beginning of the year. The very challenging environment in terms of equity returns commands higher than usual cash levels and a more momentum-based tactical positioning than fundamental conviction over the long term. In the current market environment there are more emotions than reason which market participants seem to be interpreting.

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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

Equity

MIN. INITIAL INVESTMENT

€100000

FUND TYPE

UCITS

BASE CURRENCY

EUR

RETURN (SINCE INCEPTION)*

-3.07%

*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: €8.3 mn
Month end NAV in EUR: 144.09
Number of Holdings: 35
Auditors: Deloitte Malta
Legal Advisor: Ganado & Associates
Custodian: Sparkasse Bank Malta p.l.c.
% of Top 10 Holdings: 44.80

Performance To Date (EUR)

Top 10 Holdings

iShares S&P 500 Financials
7.3%
JP Morgan US Value
7.2%
T. Rowe Price US Blue CH-Q EUR
5.9%
BGF Sustain Energy USD
5.3%
JP Morgan US Growth
5.2%
Schroder International Climate Change
3.6%
Schroder International Great China
3.1%
iShares S&P 500 Industrials
2.9%
Lyxor Eur Stoxx 600 Banks
2.2%
iShares MSCI EM Asia Acc
2.2%

Major Sector Breakdown

ETFs
18.3%
Information Technology
13.2%
Financials
12.3%
Energy
11.8%
Consumer Discretionary
7.8%
Industrials
6.6%
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
52.7%
China
18.7%
France
9.6%
Europe
5.5%
Netherlands
1.7%
Germany
1.5%
United Kingdom
1.2%
*including exposures to ETFs. Does not adopt a look- through approach.

Asset Allocation

Cash 9.0%
Equities 39.1%
ETF 21.5%
Fund 30.4%

Performance History (EUR)*

YTD

-15.17%

2021

18.50%

2020*

-2.58%

1-month

-7.58%

12-month

-9.05%

Annualised Since Inception**

-0.93%

* 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 31.3%
USD 65.3%
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

    April 2022

    Introduction

    April was a month of reckoning for markets. Expectations as regards FED’s commitment about tackling inflation have been more than validated as inflation crept up to levels probably unimaginable a year ago. What was debatable in February, as a possible course of action in terms of interest rate hikes by year end, has been now actioned by the FED effectively shifting upwards market expectations regarding future FOMC meetings. This sent bond yields sharply up and stocks firmly down ending the debate as to whether we are in market correction or an outright bear market. Financial markets aside, the economic growth concerns are compounding the unsettling effects of inflation. In Europe, economic growth is endangered by the effects of the prolonging war in Ukraine. In China, economic growth is questioned by zero-covid policy lockdowns in Shanghai and Beijing areas and feeble leading macro indicators. In other emerging markets, economic growth is trampled by rocketing energy prices and a surging US dollar. And in the US, although the employment numbers are still positive, there are growing concerns that more interest rate hikes might eventually push the economy into recession. The stagflation scenario feared not a long time ago now paints to a very bleak forecast for this year. 

    From the monetary front, the FED is seen more and more as having done a very serious mistakes last year when framing inflation as “transitory” and now feeling the need of playing catch up with this phenomenon at any cost. And even in Europe the initial perplexity from an ECB conditioned by a weak economic recovery to doing nothing has begun to make way for expectations of raising interest rates this year to fight inflation. In contrast, in China weak economic numbers have commanded fresh stimuli from monetary authorities as the economic growth target set by Communist authorities for this year is in serious doubt.

    In the month of April equity markets have lost all the gains from last month. Only the very defensive sectors like consumer staples and utilities have withstand the market rout, as clearly investors are abandoning the growth stories built on high market multiples and valuing more real cash flows and proven earnings power. Although all in all the earnings season was positive, there is a real concern that consumer spending will look weaker in the quarters ahead and current earnings expectations are overstated. Caution is still the name of the game in equity markets.  

    Market Environment and Performance

    The Eurozone economy advanced by 0.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2022, the least since the bloc exited recession last year. Business activity in the Euro economic area painted a mixed picture as services benefitted from loosened coronavirus restrictions, while manufacturing contracted. As such, the Eurozone Composite Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) increased to 55.8 in April from the previous month reading of 54.9.  

    In April, energy and food prices continued to contribute to a rise in annual inflation, leading to a fresh record high in Eurozone inflation of 7.5 per cent, in line with expectations. Core inflation, which excludes transitory or temporary price volatility, rose to 3.5 per cent – the highest reading since available record began in January 1997. The rate inflation remains well above the European Central bank (ECB) target of 2.0 per cent. Month-on-month, inflation increased by 0.6 per cent.

    The US economy unexpectedly contracted by an annualized 1.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2022, against expectations of 1.1 per cent expansion. Aggregate business activity in the US continued to signal an expansion in April across the private sector. US Services PMI revised slightly higher to 55.6 from a preliminary of 54.7, came in lower than the previous month’s reading of 58. Meanwhile, manufacturing PMI headed higher to 59.2 from 58.8 in March, pointing to the strongest growth in factory activity in seven months.

    Annual inflation rate in the U.S. 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. The reading marked the 14th consecutive month that inflation is above the FED’s 2 per cent target as energy costs weigh. Similarly, core inflation, which excludes transitory or temporary price volatility, slowed to 6.2 per cent from 6.5 per cent a month earlier.

    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 form the economic slowdown in China. The S&P 500 index fell by 4.19% as the FED’s hawkish stance on inflation has hammered cyclical sectors still trading at high multiples. In Europe, the EuroStoxx50 and the DAX lost 2.50% and 2. 02% respectively, mainly on a deteriorating macroeconomic perspective in the Eurozone.

    Fund Performance

    In the month of April the Global Opportunities Fund registered a 6.22 per cent loss. On a year-to-date basis the fund’s performance closed with a 14.02 per cent loss, underperforming its hedged comparable benchmark by 411bp. The Fund’s allocation realignment to the Manager’s fundamental change in geographies and sectors convictions has continued. Consequently, the Manager has liquidated its exposures to European funds Comgest and Morgan Stanley, to the Chinese fund Schroders, to the thematic fund Blackrock Sustainable Energy, and to the Automation & Robotics theme. As well, it trimmed exposures to cyclical ETFs and direct names like L’Oreal and European banks. In addition, it used the attractive entry points to add-on to its positions in Verizon, Johnson & Johnson and Apple, and opened a new position in BNP Paribas. The cash levels has been increased.

    Market and Investment Outlook

    Going forward, the Manager sees the macroeconomic backdrop deteriorating particularly in Europe as inflationary pressures start pinching disposable income. In the US the peak inflation debate might actually prove to be irrelevant in the coming months as the FED could be already committed to a certain course of action. In addition, a protracted period with oil prices at current levels might be sufficient to cause a global recession, if the already heightened level in government yields globally will not do the job instead. Yield levels make bonds more and more appealing as an asset class when compared to stocks for the first time in the last decade. These are arguments for keeping the defensive positioning taken since the beginning of the year. The very challenging environment in terms of equity returns commands higher than usual cash levels and a more momentum-based tactical positioning than fundamental conviction over the long term. In the current market environment there are more emotions than reason which market participants seem to be interpreting.

  • 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

    Equity

    MIN. INITIAL INVESTMENT

    €100000

    FUND TYPE

    UCITS

    BASE CURRENCY

    EUR

    RETURN (SINCE INCEPTION)*

    -3.07%

    *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: €8.3 mn
    Month end NAV in EUR: 144.09
    Number of Holdings: 35
    Auditors: Deloitte Malta
    Legal Advisor: Ganado & Associates
    Custodian: Sparkasse Bank Malta p.l.c.
    % of Top 10 Holdings: 44.80

    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

    iShares S&P 500 Financials
    7.3%
    JP Morgan US Value
    7.2%
    T. Rowe Price US Blue CH-Q EUR
    5.9%
    BGF Sustain Energy USD
    5.3%
    JP Morgan US Growth
    5.2%
    Schroder International Climate Change
    3.6%
    Schroder International Great China
    3.1%
    iShares S&P 500 Industrials
    2.9%
    Lyxor Eur Stoxx 600 Banks
    2.2%
    iShares MSCI EM Asia Acc
    2.2%

    Top Holdings by Country*

    United States
    52.7%
    China
    18.7%
    France
    9.6%
    Europe
    5.5%
    Netherlands
    1.7%
    Germany
    1.5%
    United Kingdom
    1.2%
    *including exposures to ETFs. Does not adopt a look- through approach.

    Major Sector Breakdown

    ETFs
    18.3%
    Information Technology
    13.2%
    Financials
    12.3%
    Energy
    11.8%
    Consumer Discretionary
    7.8%
    Industrials
    6.6%

    Asset Allocation

    Cash 9.0%
    Equities 39.1%
    ETF 21.5%
    Fund 30.4%

    Performance History (EUR)*

    YTD

    -15.17%

    2021

    18.50%

    2020*

    -2.58%

    1-month

    -7.58%

    12-month

    -9.05%

    Annualised Since Inception**

    -0.93%

    * 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 31.3%
    USD 65.3%
    GBP 3.4%
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