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 third quarter of 2017 was a broadly positive period for the world's financial markets, with a narrative of healthy economic data and strong corporate profitability underpinning equity gains. Against this robust macro backdrop, and hawkish signals from major central banks, government bonds reversed the gains achieved in the first two months of the quarter. While equity volatility remained remarkably low through much of the quarter, investors were intermittently rattled by geopolitical shifts; most notably, the ramping up of tensions between the US and North Korea over the latter's missile tests. In Europe, minimal progress was made on the terms of the UK's exit from the European Union, while unexpected gains by a right-wing party in Germany's September general election weighed on market sentiment. The S&P 500 Index was up 3.6% for the quarter. Corporate newsflow was generally positive - US earnings growth of c.10.3% in Q2 meant that profits grew by double-digits in consecutive quarters for the first time since 2011. European equities also did well in Q3, with the Eurostoxx Index up 4.5%. Emerging markets equities have benefited from the weak dollar in 2017 which, alongside improving economic growth and stronger earnings, helped attract investors. Rising oil and related commodity prices bolstered some market gains. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index returned 7.9% in USD terms. A recovery in sterling on rising expectations of a near-term rate hike dragged on UK equities as the FTSE 100 underperformed its peers with a three-month return of just 0.8%. The FTSE250 did relatively better in returning 2.8%. In Japan the Nikkei 225 returned 1.6% in Q3.Having advanced through much of the quarter, major bond markets weakened as central bank signals on tighter monetary policy was reflected in climbing yields - bond prices typically move inversely to interest rates. The Fed's announcement that it would begin to reduce its holdings in government and mortgage-backed debt from October was a key moment in the quarter, as was a US debt ceiling deal between the White House and Democrats. Market speculation that the ECB may `taper' its bond purchases in 2018 prompted a reversal of earlier bond gains. German 10-year yields were unchanged at 0.46%, rising from a low of 0.31% in early September. (30th Sept 2017)
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Asset Split as at 30/09/2017
Geographical Split as at 30/09/2017
Top 10 Stocks as at 30/09/2017
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