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”) will 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 Growth Strategy Fund is:

  • Seeking to achieve long-term capital appreciation
  • Seeking an actively managed & diversified investment in equity funds and bond funds
  • Planning to hold their investment for at least 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 30% 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 50% 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 100% of its assets in CISs that are permitted to invest 65% or more of their assets in equity securities.

Commentary

August 2022

Introduction

August brought some sense of sobriety to the markets after the rumour of a FED pivot in early 2023 has been disregarded by the same institution in its annual Jackson Hole annual meeting. In essence this was another reality check for markets in sense of how central bankers can intimidate market participants more than the prevailing macroeconomic landscape. This is not necessarily a novelty, however makes investing much more difficult all together particularly in the current stance where there is a clear mismatch between where the economy is and where central bankers will push it given their tightening measures. This could potentially end up in a conflict between monetary authorities and financial markets, as the latter play a game of anticipating the former’s actions, while the former would have the latter follow its directions. On the macroeconomic backdrop there were few things to cheer about. While GDP growth numbers looked better than feared, inflation numbers took a respite, and job numbers continued to paint a US economy which to date is still in good shape. On the contrary, the European economy is facing a very difficult time following Russia cutting its gas supplies in retaliation to economic sanctions brought about by the conflict in Ukraine. These travails are compounded by a weakening Euro which exacerbate an already apparent trading deficit for the Euro zone. In China, apart from the real estate sector and consumer spending recent data, which remain soft, the latest covid outbreaks triggered fresh lockdowns which in turn have lowered further economic growth expectations for this year.

From the monetary front, the Jackson Hole summit underlined what worries central bankers are facing. It set a clear line within the FED’s dual mandate whereby reigning inflation is the main focus even at the expense of an economic downturn. Likewise, the ECB has gotten bolder in countering inflation in spite of the current macroeconomic backdrop making its commitment as difficult to keep as it can possibly be. Monetary policies are in complete reverse in China where the PBOC is fully supporting the government in providing much needed liquidity to the economy with interest rate cuts and additional funds for financing the construction sector.

In August equity markets reversed to a risk-off mode following the realisation that the FED now has other priorities, rather than the easing measures which cheered markets for the past 15 years. As corporate earnings remain the only apparent pillar of future market growth, there is quite an amount of uncertainty on how the markets will perform by the end of the year. While optimists look on to statistical market performance following an underperforming first half of the year in the past, pessimists are just contemplating fundamental economic indicators. It does not help that bond yields have resumed their uptrend after the summertime reversal. And probably here really lies the key to understanding when equity markets will truly find their bottom – the moment when bond yields will have truly delivered a top.   

Market Environment and Performance

Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) data continued painting a somewhat gloomy picture of the Euro economic area as manufacturing and services noted a sharp deterioration in the rate of growth, pointing to a second contraction in activity since February 2021. The August manufacturing PMI reading of 49.6 was a fall at a similar pace to that seen last month, as new orders declined sharply while services revolved in contraction territory.   

Pressured by elevated energy costs and the continued acceleration in food prices and services, inflationary pressures persisted. In August, the annual inflation rate increased to a new record high of 9.1%. Core inflation, which excludes transitory or temporary price volatility, increased to a record high of 4.3 per cent from 4.0 per cent in the previous month.

Aggregate business activity in the US pointed to a solid contraction across the private sector. Notably, the Composite PMI reading of August fell to 45 from 47.7 in July, as a notable contraction of the services sector was observed.

Equity markets were conditioned by the induced FED sell-off at the Jackson Hole summit. A clear message from the FED which dashed hopes of a 2023 pivot was quite enough to change market sentiment. In the end, a classical risk-off positioning would have been a winning strategy during the month, with only energy and utilities sectors gaining ground. US markets were positively influenced by a surging dollar, while European markets have been conditioned by the prospects of a very difficult winter induced by Russia cutting its gas supplies. Emerging markets continued their attempt of forming a multi-year bottom, although the Covid 19 zero-policy practiced by China is still having a negative impact on its economic growth fortunes this year. The S&P 500 index fell by 2.88%, as energy had a positive performance, while healthcare and technology finished the month on the other end of the spectrum. In Europe, the EuroStoxx50 and the DAX lost 5.15% and 4.81% respectively, as all sectors except energy ended the month in negative territory.

Fund Performance

Performance for the month of August proved positive for the CC Growth Portfolio Fund, a gain of 0.22%. 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, August continued to present the perfect opportunity for long-term investors to tap the market.

Market and Investment Outlook

Going forward, the Manager holds to the conservative camp as regards the macroeconomic backdrop given expectations of a protracted inflationary environment and a recessionary environment in Europe. While the message from the FED regarding its commitment to tackling inflation has been clearly received, it is not clear at all how markets will associate future economic data points to such intentions. Expectations for an erosion in earnings expectations consensus continue to build a rather negative sentiment regarding future market returns, particularly on the backdrop of increasing bond yields. The Manager keeps its conservative stance, particularly on the European geography economic fortunes, and consequently over its capital market performance expectations. Playing safe remains the preferred route in navigating this turbulent market.

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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

Mixed

MIN. INITIAL INVESTMENT

€5000

FUND TYPE

UCITS

BASE CURRENCY

EUR

RETURN (SINCE INCEPTION)*

-13.92%

*View Performance History below
Inception Date: 03 Nov 2021
ISIN: MT7000030672
Bloomberg Ticker: CCPGSCA MV
Entry Charge: up to 2.50%
Total Expense Ratio: 2.44%
Exit Charge: None
Distribution Yield (%): -
Underlying Yield (%): -
Distribution: Nil
Total Net Assets: €4.15 mn
Month end NAV in EUR: 86.08
Number of Holdings: 18
Auditors: Deloitte Malta
Legal Advisor: GANADO Advocates
Custodian: Sparkasse Bank Malta p.l.c.
% of Top 10 Holdings: 69.2

Performance To Date (EUR)

Top 10 Holdings

Fundsmith SICAV - Equity Fund
9.4%
CC Funds SICAV plc - High Income Bond Fund
9.3%
Invesco Pan European Equity Fund
8.3%
UBS Lux Bond Fund - Euro High Yield Shares
8.2%
Comgest Growth plc - Europe Opportunities
6.5%
Legg Mason Global Funds plc
5.9%
UBS Lux Equity Fund - European Shares
5.7%
Robeco BP US Large Cap Equities
5.6%
Morgan Stanley Investment Fund
5.2%
Vontobel Fund - US Equity Shares
5.1%
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
28.60%
U.S.
20.70%
International
20.60%
Global
13.90%
China
3.40%

Asset Allocation

Fund 86.20%
Cash 12.80%
ETF 1.00%

Performance History (EUR)*

YTD

-13.57%

2021

-0.41%

1-month

0.22%

3-month

1.09%

6-month

-6.09%

9-month

-13.92%

* 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 94.40%
USD 5.60%
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”) will 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 Growth Strategy Fund is:

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

    August 2022

    Introduction

    August brought some sense of sobriety to the markets after the rumour of a FED pivot in early 2023 has been disregarded by the same institution in its annual Jackson Hole annual meeting. In essence this was another reality check for markets in sense of how central bankers can intimidate market participants more than the prevailing macroeconomic landscape. This is not necessarily a novelty, however makes investing much more difficult all together particularly in the current stance where there is a clear mismatch between where the economy is and where central bankers will push it given their tightening measures. This could potentially end up in a conflict between monetary authorities and financial markets, as the latter play a game of anticipating the former’s actions, while the former would have the latter follow its directions. On the macroeconomic backdrop there were few things to cheer about. While GDP growth numbers looked better than feared, inflation numbers took a respite, and job numbers continued to paint a US economy which to date is still in good shape. On the contrary, the European economy is facing a very difficult time following Russia cutting its gas supplies in retaliation to economic sanctions brought about by the conflict in Ukraine. These travails are compounded by a weakening Euro which exacerbate an already apparent trading deficit for the Euro zone. In China, apart from the real estate sector and consumer spending recent data, which remain soft, the latest covid outbreaks triggered fresh lockdowns which in turn have lowered further economic growth expectations for this year.

    From the monetary front, the Jackson Hole summit underlined what worries central bankers are facing. It set a clear line within the FED’s dual mandate whereby reigning inflation is the main focus even at the expense of an economic downturn. Likewise, the ECB has gotten bolder in countering inflation in spite of the current macroeconomic backdrop making its commitment as difficult to keep as it can possibly be. Monetary policies are in complete reverse in China where the PBOC is fully supporting the government in providing much needed liquidity to the economy with interest rate cuts and additional funds for financing the construction sector.

    In August equity markets reversed to a risk-off mode following the realisation that the FED now has other priorities, rather than the easing measures which cheered markets for the past 15 years. As corporate earnings remain the only apparent pillar of future market growth, there is quite an amount of uncertainty on how the markets will perform by the end of the year. While optimists look on to statistical market performance following an underperforming first half of the year in the past, pessimists are just contemplating fundamental economic indicators. It does not help that bond yields have resumed their uptrend after the summertime reversal. And probably here really lies the key to understanding when equity markets will truly find their bottom – the moment when bond yields will have truly delivered a top.   

    Market Environment and Performance

    Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) data continued painting a somewhat gloomy picture of the Euro economic area as manufacturing and services noted a sharp deterioration in the rate of growth, pointing to a second contraction in activity since February 2021. The August manufacturing PMI reading of 49.6 was a fall at a similar pace to that seen last month, as new orders declined sharply while services revolved in contraction territory.   

    Pressured by elevated energy costs and the continued acceleration in food prices and services, inflationary pressures persisted. In August, the annual inflation rate increased to a new record high of 9.1%. Core inflation, which excludes transitory or temporary price volatility, increased to a record high of 4.3 per cent from 4.0 per cent in the previous month.

    Aggregate business activity in the US pointed to a solid contraction across the private sector. Notably, the Composite PMI reading of August fell to 45 from 47.7 in July, as a notable contraction of the services sector was observed.

    Equity markets were conditioned by the induced FED sell-off at the Jackson Hole summit. A clear message from the FED which dashed hopes of a 2023 pivot was quite enough to change market sentiment. In the end, a classical risk-off positioning would have been a winning strategy during the month, with only energy and utilities sectors gaining ground. US markets were positively influenced by a surging dollar, while European markets have been conditioned by the prospects of a very difficult winter induced by Russia cutting its gas supplies. Emerging markets continued their attempt of forming a multi-year bottom, although the Covid 19 zero-policy practiced by China is still having a negative impact on its economic growth fortunes this year. The S&P 500 index fell by 2.88%, as energy had a positive performance, while healthcare and technology finished the month on the other end of the spectrum. In Europe, the EuroStoxx50 and the DAX lost 5.15% and 4.81% respectively, as all sectors except energy ended the month in negative territory.

    Fund Performance

    Performance for the month of August proved positive for the CC Growth Portfolio Fund, a gain of 0.22%. 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, August continued to present the perfect opportunity for long-term investors to tap the market.

    Market and Investment Outlook

    Going forward, the Manager holds to the conservative camp as regards the macroeconomic backdrop given expectations of a protracted inflationary environment and a recessionary environment in Europe. While the message from the FED regarding its commitment to tackling inflation has been clearly received, it is not clear at all how markets will associate future economic data points to such intentions. Expectations for an erosion in earnings expectations consensus continue to build a rather negative sentiment regarding future market returns, particularly on the backdrop of increasing bond yields. The Manager keeps its conservative stance, particularly on the European geography economic fortunes, and consequently over its capital market performance expectations. Playing safe remains the preferred route in navigating this turbulent market.

  • 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

    Mixed

    MIN. INITIAL INVESTMENT

    €5000

    FUND TYPE

    UCITS

    BASE CURRENCY

    EUR

    RETURN (SINCE INCEPTION)*

    -13.92%

    *View Performance History below
    Inception Date: 03 Nov 2021
    ISIN: MT7000030672
    Bloomberg Ticker: CCPGSCA MV
    Entry Charge: up to 2.50%
    Total Expense Ratio: 2.44%
    Exit Charge: None
    Distribution Yield (%): -
    Underlying Yield (%): -
    Distribution: Nil
    Total Net Assets: €4.15 mn
    Month end NAV in EUR: 86.08
    Number of Holdings: 18
    Auditors: Deloitte Malta
    Legal Advisor: GANADO Advocates
    Custodian: Sparkasse Bank Malta p.l.c.
    % of Top 10 Holdings: 69.2

    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

    Fundsmith SICAV - Equity Fund
    9.4%
    CC Funds SICAV plc - High Income Bond Fund
    9.3%
    Invesco Pan European Equity Fund
    8.3%
    UBS Lux Bond Fund - Euro High Yield Shares
    8.2%
    Comgest Growth plc - Europe Opportunities
    6.5%
    Legg Mason Global Funds plc
    5.9%
    UBS Lux Equity Fund - European Shares
    5.7%
    Robeco BP US Large Cap Equities
    5.6%
    Morgan Stanley Investment Fund
    5.2%
    Vontobel Fund - US Equity Shares
    5.1%

    Top Holdings by Country

    European Region
    28.60%
    U.S.
    20.70%
    International
    20.60%
    Global
    13.90%
    China
    3.40%

    Asset Allocation

    Fund 86.20%
    Cash 12.80%
    ETF 1.00%

    Performance History (EUR)*

    YTD

    -13.57%

    2021

    -0.41%

    1-month

    0.22%

    3-month

    1.09%

    6-month

    -6.09%

    9-month

    -13.92%

    * 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 94.40%
    USD 5.60%
    GBP 0.0%
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