Persistently high inflation and the restrictive course of the central banks continued to dominate the first half of the year. In this series, Funds exclusive, our fund managers look back on the performance of selected funds and explain their view with regard to the second half of the year.

"The low unemployment rate and the stable development of company earnings would tend to suggest a resilient economic environment."

Philip Schifferegger, fund manager ERSTE GLOBAL INCOME

Fund & Performance

ERSTE GLOBAL INCOME mainly invests in the three asset classes of dividend stocks, high-yield corporate bonds and emerging market bonds. These asset classes are usually characterized by comparatively high current income ("income") in the form of dividends or coupons. The maximum equity exposure is 50% of the fund volume. Depending on the market assessment, other asset classes can be added tactically.

The performance is calculated in accordance with the OeKB method. The management fee as well as any performance-related remuneration is already included. The issue premium which might be applicable on purchase and as well as any individual transaction specific costs or ongoing costs that reduce earnings (e.g. account- and deposit fees) have not been taken into account in this presentation. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of the future performance of a fund.

Performance since start of the fund
Note: Past performance is not a reliable indicator for future performance. Due to the very short term, this presentation of the performance is not very meaningful.

Commentary by fund manager Philip Schifferegger

  • Asset allocation maintained largely stable
  • Focus of attention is currently on the economy
  • Positive factors should outweigh the negative ones for the asset classes of ERSTE GLOBAL INCOME

 

How did the market environment fare in the first half of 2023?

After the heavy losses in 2022, the capital markets started to recover  in the first half of 2023. However, the course of the recovery was relatively volatile and heterogeneous. Noticeably lower inflation and the prospect of an end to interest rate hikes in the USA in the near future boosted both equities and bonds across the board. In the equity segment, growth and value shares recorded significantly diverging performances. The former benefited from the euphoria surrounding the topic of Artificial Intelligence, whereas the latter came under significant pressure at times due to falling energy prices and the turbulence in the US banking sector.

The performance of the bond markets was also volatile in the first half of the year, but overall positive. Government bonds of industrialised countries and corporate bonds with high credit ratings posted slight gains, while emerging markets government bonds and high-yield corporate bonds recorded robust gains.

What was the focus of the fund in the first half?

We largely maintained the asset allocation of ERSTE GLOBAL INCOME stable in the first half, with roughly a third of assets under management each invested in high-dividend equities, high-yield corporate bonds, and emerging markets government bonds.

The equity segment provided a slightly positive contribution to the performance due to the high-dividend shares we are invested in belonging to the value segment, while bonds delivered a clearly positive contribution.  In the year to date, ERSTE GLOBAL INCOME has gained 1.8% (as of 4 July 2023).

What are your expectations and your outlook for the second half?

The focus of attention is currently on the economy. The US Federal Reserve has paused its interest rate hikes for the time being in order to monitor the economic development from here on out. The low unemployment rate and the stable development of company earnings would tend to suggest a resilient economic environment.

However, we cannot rule out a recession. The extent and timing are of course unknown, but in principle one can state that the later an economic downturn comes, the better it is for the markets. Because, the more time that passes with inflation approaching the target value of 2%, the faster and the more strongly the central bank can react and lower interest rates again.

In this setting, we continue to expect a market environment with pronounced volatility for the second half of 2023, but are confident that the positive influencing factors will outweigh the negative ones for the asset classes of ERSTE GLOBAL INCOME.

Important legal note:

Prognoses are not a reliable indicator for future performance.

Disclaimer

This document is an advertisement. Unless indicated otherwise, source: Erste Asset Management GmbH. Our languages of communication are German and English.

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Our analyses and conclusions are general in nature and do not take into account the individual needs of our investors in terms of earnings, taxation, and risk appetite. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of the future performance of a fund.