Markets were taken by surprise when Vladimir Putin’s threats became a reality as he invaded Ukraine.
The build-up of his forces on the border to pressure the West was universally seen as not likely to lead to an invasion, we were wrong. Fears of inflation and accelerated central bank action to play catch up are now compounded and increased by rapid moves in commodity prices not least dramatic moves in the energy complex. These are as uneasy and uncertain times for risk assets as we will see. Government sanctions have been swift but also the scale and breadth of the corporate response has been impressive.
Our recent trades reflect our continued de-risking of the fund from a credit and interest rate perspective. We bought 5-year floating rate senior secured covered paper from Clydesdale Bank and the Bank of Montreal and sold Experian 32’s, Investec T2 26’s, Pearson 30’s, Heathrow 29’s, British Land 29’s, HSBC 28’s and Maersk 25’s. We also reduced some of our infrastructure exposure, selling some GCP and HICL.
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