This fund has investments in a broad range of Irish and international company shares, government securities, top quality corporate debt and cash. The investment analysts research the major investment markets for stocks which meet this basic criteria.
The second quarter of 2017 was a broadly positive period for the world's stock markets - in local currency terms. The outcome for euro-based investors was not as upbeat as a resurgent euro eroded much if not all of the gain. So while the FTSE World Index achieved a 3-month gain of 3.1% in local currency terms, that translated to a negative return of -2.1% in euro terms. Much of the quarter's narrative was coloured by political events, although central banks also had a significant influence on financial markets through the three months.Equity markets, in general, continued their strong run with emerging markets (EM) again outperforming: in US dollar terms, the MSCI Emerging Market Index was up 6.3% (although this translated to a negative return of -0.4% in EUR). Strength in EM occurred despite further political turmoil in Brazil, while the announcement by MSCI on 21st June that it would include China A shares in its benchmark EM index helped bolster returns. Among developed markets, the US S&P 500 Index gained 2.6%, Japan's Nikkei was up 6% and Ireland's ISEQ was ahead by 2.5%. German, French and UK markets were flat for the quarter.Bond performance was mixed through the quarter. Having performed well through much of the quarter, there was a notable sell-off in the final days of June as investors reacted to indications from the European Central Bank that a normalisation of monetary policy could soon commence. In the euro area, German bunds were hard hit as the yield on its 10-year bond rose 22 basis points to 0.47% in the last five days of June; at the start of Q2, the yield was 0.33%. Peripheral eurozone bonds did better, which reflected improving economies and the successful management of bank bailouts in Spain and Italy. Italy 10-year bond yields fell from 2.32% to 2.16% in the quarter. With Irish unemployment at a nine-year low of 6.3% and economic growth the best in Europe, Irish 10-year yields ended June at 0.90%, up 12 basis points in June, but down from 1.00% in the quarter. The reversal of fortunes was not restricted to eurozone bonds either. UK gilts were weaker on the uncertain election outcome and as a pick-up in inflation and a slide in sterling unsettled markets. US bonds were relatively stronger even as the Federal Reserve hiked rates in June. (30th June 2017)
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Asset Split as at 30/06/2017
Geographical Split as at 30/06/2017
Top 10 Stocks as at 30/06/2017
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