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See latest monthly factsheet below for performance history.
At close 20-Nov-2014Ord
|Net Dividend Yield||4.83%|
Source: Morningstar, NAV = Net Asset Value, excluding income.
Bow Bells House
One Bread Street
Registered in England as an Investment Company Number 386561
To provide for shareholders a high level of income, together with growth of both income and capital from a portfolio of investments substantially invested in UK Equities
In this webcast, Ed Beal gives an update on a wide range of subjects including performance, a sector breakdown, the largest investments and an outlook for the Trust.
Equities fell during September with the FTSE All-Share Index declining by 2.8% on a total return basis. The economic news flow was much as it has been throughout the year. The US recovery continued to strengthen, indeed second quarter GDP was revised upwards. The UK was also growing, albeit more slowly in the second half of the year than in the first. Manufacturing PMI’s suggested some slowdown and although unemployment is falling the lack of wage growth is helping to keep a lid on inflation. The Chinese hinted that they might not in fact achieve the much vaunted 7.5% GDP expectation for the year. Meanwhile Europe was still struggling, and even Germany showed signs of slowing. This forced the ECB to reduce rates further, taking the deposit rate to minus 0.2%. The Committee also indicated that this was the floor for interest rates and that further stimulus would come via an asset purchase programme though they were unable to provide details at the time. They also launched their third Long-Term Refinancing Operation, designed to stimulate bank lending , especially to SME’s. Take up was surprisingly low, suggesting that it may be some time before lending picks up.
In portfolio activity we completed the exit of the holding in Wm. Morrison Supermarkets. We also top-sliced Prudential, this was achieved via the exercise of call options. We sold some put options over Inchcape where we are seeking to build our position. We also sold calls over Close Brothers and BAT both of which have performed well.
Earnings expectations for the UK have fallen markedly over the course of 2014. However, they now stand at a level that is consistent with current levels of GDP, which gives some confidence that they will be achieved. The outlook for 2015 remains difficult given the slowing global economy. That said, the foreign exchange issues faced by many businesses over 2014 should begin to ease. Also, the strength of the dollar is weighing on commodity prices, most notably oil which is likely to be helpful to aggregate profitability. We believe that the companies in the portfolio are well suited to a period where investors’ focus shifts to seeking quality businesses that are able to grow their profits in more difficult conditions, rather than relying on multiple expansion to progress markets.