Investment Objectives

The Fund aims to achieve a combination of income, with the possibility of 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 Income Strategy Fund is:

  • Seeking to earn a high level of regular Income
  • Seeking an actively managed & diversified investment primarily in income-yielding funds 

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 100% 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 20% of its assets in CISs that are permitted to invest 65% or more of their assets in equity securities.

Commentary

August 2022

Introduction
Economic data prints have in August continued to illustrate somewhat of a mixed landscape as the labour market remained strong amid worsening macro conditions. Forward looking indicators, namely Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) readings – albeit proving to be generally slightly better than expected – showed activity losing momentum as demand waned while inflation remained at notable highs.

The recently witnessed upward momentum across financial markets, floundered. Central Banks’ commitment to bring inflation under control despite such inherent risks to the growth outlook, observed in Jerome Powell’s speech at the annual Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, drove markets lower rattling bond markets. Consequent to such shift in rhetoric, one that is more hawkish, fed funds futures market started to price in a near 75% probability of a 0.75% increase.

The US 10-year benchmark treasury yield has over the month, on fears of a worsening growth outlook, rose sharply to 3.19%. Such upward moves led to negative returns for both investment grade and high yield corporate credit. Emerging Market (EM) and European high yield credit all-in-all outperformed.

Market environment and performance

Forward looking indicators, namely PMIs have continued to paint a somewhat gloomy picture as manufacturing and services, noted a sharp deterioration in the rate of growth, pointing to a second successive contraction in activity. In August, manufacturing (reading 49.6) shrank fell at a similar pace to that seen in July, which was the strongest since May 2020. New orders declined sharply once again. Services, for the first time this year revolved in contractionary territory, as August’s reading came in at 49.8, lower than a preliminary of 50.2. Pressured by elevated energy costs and the continued acceleration in food prices and services, inflationary pressures persisted. In August, 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% from 4% in the previous month.

Aggregate business activity in the US pointed to a solid contraction across the private sector. Notably, composite PMI reading in August fell to 45 from 47.7 in July as a notable contraction across the services sector was observed. Business conditions in manufacturing worsened. Notably, signalling the sharpest contraction since May 2020 as interest rate hikes and persistently-high inflation dampened customer spending. Annual inflation rate in the US had in July eased to 8.5%. Month-on-month, consumer prices remained unchanged in July following a 1.3% rise in the previous month. From the employment front; the non-farm payrolls print showed that 315k jobs were created in August compared to market expectations of 300k, wage growth rose at somewhat slower rate and unemployment rate, against expectations of 3.5% rose to 3.7%, the highest since February. Meanwhile, the labour force participation rate increased to a five-month high of 62.4% from 62.1% in July.

Fears amongst central bankers that persistently-high inflation may have possibly become embedded and will therefore last longer than previously envisaged, impacting consumer’s purchasing power and thus demand, became more pronounced in the month. Despite the inherent risks to the growth outlook and himself signalling caution and reliance on data a few weeks earlier, Chair of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell, at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium – an annual gathering of central bankers focusing on important economic issues that world economies face – shifted his tone, more aligned to some of the more hawkish members within the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).

July’s relief witnessed across financial markets was shortly lived as mounting concerns over the economic outlook remained. A risk-off mode transpired. Global high yield corporate credit saw a loss of 1.17%. On a year-to-date, performance remains in the red at -11.92%.

Fund performance
Performance for the month of August was -0.02% for the CC Income 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.

Market and investment outlook
Going forward the Manager believes that credit markets will largely remain conditioned by monetary decisions taken, thus far proving more hawkish than the economic outlook possibly warrants, substantially altering benchmark yields which remain largely elevated, particularly as recessionary fears intensified. Such upward shift in yields, at the short-end (influenced by monetary policy decisions taken) and long-end of the yield curve (influenced by market participants) have on a year-to-date basis weighed on the performance of credit markets. A prudent approach to tackling price pressures is now more-than-ever imperative not to hinder growth, and thus worsen the economic situation. A geographical distinction remains, with the U.S. in a notably better economic prospect, aided by the possible continued consumer spending which however is at peril as savings continue to decline and revolve below pre-pandemic averages. A 75bps interest rate hike at the next rate-setting committee meeting in September is indeed plausible. Although a rate hike by the ECB is indeed at table, the situation in Europe largely contrasts with pricing pressures remaining elevated and energy crisis looming, as countries remain at the mercy of Russian meddling with its natural resources.

In terms of bond picking, the Manager will continue to monitor the current unprecedented environment and take opportunities in attractive credit stories which should continue to add value to the portfolio. Widening in corporate credit spreads have indeed posed opportunities, presenting attractive entry points, which are yielding capital appreciation. That being said, a somewhat cautious approach is as things stand warranted.

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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)*

-11.86%

*View Performance History below
Inception Date: 15 Sep 2021
ISIN: MT7000030680
Bloomberg Ticker: CCPISAE MV
Entry Charge: up to 2.50%
Total Expense Ratio: 1.94%
Exit Charge: None
Distribution Yield (%): -
Underlying Yield (%): -
Distribution: 31/05 and 30/11
Total Net Assets: 6.94 mn
Month end NAV in EUR: 87.09
Number of Holdings: 13
Auditors: Deloitte Malta
Legal Advisor: GANADO Advocates
Custodian: Sparkasse Bank Malta p.l.c.
% of Top 10 Holdings: 85.9

Performance To Date (EUR)

Top 10 Holdings

UBS (Lux) Bond Fund - Euro High Yield
20.0%
CC Funds SICAV plc - High Income Bond Fund
10.3%
Robeco Capital Growth Funds - High Yield Bonds
7.9%
Nordea 1 - European High Yield Bond Fund
7.7%
BlackRock Global High Yield Bond Fund
6.9%
DWS Invest Euro High Yield Corp
6.9%
Janus Henderson Horizon Global High Yield Bond Fund
6.8%
AXA World Funds - Global High Yield Bonds
6.7%
Schroder International Selection Fund Global High Yield
6.6%
Fidelity Funds - European High Yield Bond Fund
6.1%
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

Global
36.60%
Europe
36.40%
International
20.2%

Asset Allocation

Fund 87.20%
ETF 7.00%
Cash 5.80%

Performance History (EUR)*

YTD***

-10.74%

2021

-1.26%

1-month

-0.02%

3-month

-2.04%

6-month

-7.67%

12-month

-11.57%

* The Distributor Share Class (Class A) was launched on 15 September 2021.
** Performance figures are calculated using the Value Added Monthly Index "VAMI" principle. The VAMI calculates the total return gained by aninvestor from reinvestment of any dividends and additional interest gained through compounding.
*** The Distributor Share Class (Class A) was launched on 15 September 2021.
**** Returns quoted net of TER. Entry and exit charges may reduce returns for investors.

Currency Allocation

Euro 100.0%
USD 0.0%
GBP 0.0%
Data for risk statistics is not available for this fund.

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  • Investment Objectives

    The Fund aims to achieve a combination of income, with the possibility of 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 Income Strategy Fund is:

    • Seeking to earn a high level of regular Income
    • Seeking an actively managed & diversified investment primarily in income-yielding funds 
    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
    Economic data prints have in August continued to illustrate somewhat of a mixed landscape as the labour market remained strong amid worsening macro conditions. Forward looking indicators, namely Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) readings – albeit proving to be generally slightly better than expected – showed activity losing momentum as demand waned while inflation remained at notable highs.

    The recently witnessed upward momentum across financial markets, floundered. Central Banks’ commitment to bring inflation under control despite such inherent risks to the growth outlook, observed in Jerome Powell’s speech at the annual Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, drove markets lower rattling bond markets. Consequent to such shift in rhetoric, one that is more hawkish, fed funds futures market started to price in a near 75% probability of a 0.75% increase.

    The US 10-year benchmark treasury yield has over the month, on fears of a worsening growth outlook, rose sharply to 3.19%. Such upward moves led to negative returns for both investment grade and high yield corporate credit. Emerging Market (EM) and European high yield credit all-in-all outperformed.

    Market environment and performance

    Forward looking indicators, namely PMIs have continued to paint a somewhat gloomy picture as manufacturing and services, noted a sharp deterioration in the rate of growth, pointing to a second successive contraction in activity. In August, manufacturing (reading 49.6) shrank fell at a similar pace to that seen in July, which was the strongest since May 2020. New orders declined sharply once again. Services, for the first time this year revolved in contractionary territory, as August’s reading came in at 49.8, lower than a preliminary of 50.2. Pressured by elevated energy costs and the continued acceleration in food prices and services, inflationary pressures persisted. In August, 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% from 4% in the previous month.

    Aggregate business activity in the US pointed to a solid contraction across the private sector. Notably, composite PMI reading in August fell to 45 from 47.7 in July as a notable contraction across the services sector was observed. Business conditions in manufacturing worsened. Notably, signalling the sharpest contraction since May 2020 as interest rate hikes and persistently-high inflation dampened customer spending. Annual inflation rate in the US had in July eased to 8.5%. Month-on-month, consumer prices remained unchanged in July following a 1.3% rise in the previous month. From the employment front; the non-farm payrolls print showed that 315k jobs were created in August compared to market expectations of 300k, wage growth rose at somewhat slower rate and unemployment rate, against expectations of 3.5% rose to 3.7%, the highest since February. Meanwhile, the labour force participation rate increased to a five-month high of 62.4% from 62.1% in July.

    Fears amongst central bankers that persistently-high inflation may have possibly become embedded and will therefore last longer than previously envisaged, impacting consumer’s purchasing power and thus demand, became more pronounced in the month. Despite the inherent risks to the growth outlook and himself signalling caution and reliance on data a few weeks earlier, Chair of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell, at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium – an annual gathering of central bankers focusing on important economic issues that world economies face – shifted his tone, more aligned to some of the more hawkish members within the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).

    July’s relief witnessed across financial markets was shortly lived as mounting concerns over the economic outlook remained. A risk-off mode transpired. Global high yield corporate credit saw a loss of 1.17%. On a year-to-date, performance remains in the red at -11.92%.

    Fund performance
    Performance for the month of August was -0.02% for the CC Income 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.

    Market and investment outlook
    Going forward the Manager believes that credit markets will largely remain conditioned by monetary decisions taken, thus far proving more hawkish than the economic outlook possibly warrants, substantially altering benchmark yields which remain largely elevated, particularly as recessionary fears intensified. Such upward shift in yields, at the short-end (influenced by monetary policy decisions taken) and long-end of the yield curve (influenced by market participants) have on a year-to-date basis weighed on the performance of credit markets. A prudent approach to tackling price pressures is now more-than-ever imperative not to hinder growth, and thus worsen the economic situation. A geographical distinction remains, with the U.S. in a notably better economic prospect, aided by the possible continued consumer spending which however is at peril as savings continue to decline and revolve below pre-pandemic averages. A 75bps interest rate hike at the next rate-setting committee meeting in September is indeed plausible. Although a rate hike by the ECB is indeed at table, the situation in Europe largely contrasts with pricing pressures remaining elevated and energy crisis looming, as countries remain at the mercy of Russian meddling with its natural resources.

    In terms of bond picking, the Manager will continue to monitor the current unprecedented environment and take opportunities in attractive credit stories which should continue to add value to the portfolio. Widening in corporate credit spreads have indeed posed opportunities, presenting attractive entry points, which are yielding capital appreciation. That being said, a somewhat cautious approach is as things stand warranted.

  • 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)*

    -11.86%

    *View Performance History below
    Inception Date: 15 Sep 2021
    ISIN: MT7000030680
    Bloomberg Ticker: CCPISAE MV
    Entry Charge: up to 2.50%
    Total Expense Ratio: 1.94%
    Exit Charge: None
    Distribution Yield (%): -
    Underlying Yield (%): -
    Distribution: 31/05 and 30/11
    Total Net Assets: 6.94 mn
    Month end NAV in EUR: 87.09
    Number of Holdings: 13
    Auditors: Deloitte Malta
    Legal Advisor: GANADO Advocates
    Custodian: Sparkasse Bank Malta p.l.c.
    % of Top 10 Holdings: 85.9

    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

    UBS (Lux) Bond Fund - Euro High Yield
    20.0%
    CC Funds SICAV plc - High Income Bond Fund
    10.3%
    Robeco Capital Growth Funds - High Yield Bonds
    7.9%
    Nordea 1 - European High Yield Bond Fund
    7.7%
    BlackRock Global High Yield Bond Fund
    6.9%
    DWS Invest Euro High Yield Corp
    6.9%
    Janus Henderson Horizon Global High Yield Bond Fund
    6.8%
    AXA World Funds - Global High Yield Bonds
    6.7%
    Schroder International Selection Fund Global High Yield
    6.6%
    Fidelity Funds - European High Yield Bond Fund
    6.1%

    Top Holdings by Country

    Global
    36.60%
    Europe
    36.40%
    International
    20.2%

    Asset Allocation

    Fund 87.20%
    ETF 7.00%
    Cash 5.80%

    Performance History (EUR)*

    YTD***

    -10.74%

    2021

    -1.26%

    1-month

    -0.02%

    3-month

    -2.04%

    6-month

    -7.67%

    12-month

    -11.57%

    * The Distributor Share Class (Class A) was launched on 15 September 2021.
    ** Performance figures are calculated using the Value Added Monthly Index "VAMI" principle. The VAMI calculates the total return gained by aninvestor from reinvestment of any dividends and additional interest gained through compounding.
    *** The Distributor Share Class (Class A) was launched on 15 September 2021.
    **** Returns quoted net of TER. Entry and exit charges may reduce returns for investors.

    Currency Allocation

    Euro 100.0%
    USD 0.0%
    GBP 0.0%
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