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Don’t invest by looking in the rear-view mirror


Don’t invest by looking in the rear-view mirror

In this week’s video insight David reviews how the tightening of official cash rates in 2022 impacted markets and discusses why you shouldn’t invest by looking in the rear-view mirror. Companies with highly reliable cash flow and demonstrated resilience will likely be the winners in an environment of slower economic growth.


David Buckland: 

Hi, my name is David Buckland, the CEO of Montgomery, and welcome to our first video insight for 2023.

Over the past year, each of the five Central Banks of New Zealand, the US, the UK, Canada and Australia tightened their official cash rates on around eight separate occasions to an average of nearly 4.0 per cent from the historical low levels of close to zero.

This came on the heal of inflationary expectations hitting 40-year highs for many economies; the war in the Ukraine seeing the price for gas, oil, food, fuel and fertiliser spike; and a severe sell-off in the bond market—where US ten-year treasury bonds jumped from 0.5 per cent in mid-2020 to recently breach 4.0 per cent.

Share markets mostly reacted in a negative fashion particularly with longer-dated growth stocks, as observed by the 33 percentage point decline in the US-tech heavy Nasdaq over 2022. 

As investors, however, we can’t drive the car with our eyes on the rear-view mirror, even in the current murky conditions.

The consensus view is that economies are slowing, and inflationary expectations are on the decline.  Nevertheless, one or two more increases in Central Banks’ official cash rates remain on the cards.

The mood is guarded, buyers are hesitant, risk aversion is rising, start-up businesses and loss-making companies are experiencing much tougher lending conditions, companies in distress are increasing and the expectation for recessionary conditions in 2023 have become consensus.

With the expectation that a lot of this negative news is understood by the market, many share markets recorded a nice rally in recent months. Over the December 2022 Quarter, for example, the Australian market and the Global market, in A$, were up more than 9 per cent and 4 per cent, respectively.  

And despite all the doom and gloom surrounding Australian residential property prices, especially with the wave of fixed-rate mortgages switching to the variable rate, it seems we may benefit from China’s abandonment of the stringent zero-COVID policy, and the re-opening of its economy. Like the Global Financial Crisis in 2008-2009, Australia may again experience the “pull-up” effect from China, with many of our primary industries continuing to enjoy very solid commodity prices. 

Those companies with highly reliable cash flow and demonstrated resilience will likely be the winners in an environment of slower economic growth.

And for those requiring monthly income, the Aura High Yield SME Fund—which is designed for wholesale investors with a minimum initial investment of $100,000—is worth considering. In the 65 months since inception (1 August 2017) to 31 December 2022, it has paid out monthly income ranging from 0.60 per cent to 0.93 per cent, and an average of 0.77 per cent. For the 12 months to 31 December 2022 the annual return, assuming reinvestment of income, was 8.31 per cent, after expenses. 

Montgomery also assisted in the launch of the Aura Core Income Fund in October 2022— which is designed for retail investors with a minimum initial investment of $25,000. Its objective is to beat the RBA cash rate by 3.5 per cent to 5.5 per cent per annum, on a consistent basis.

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If you would like to learn more about the Aura Core Income Fund, please visit the fund’s web page to learn more:  Aura Core Income Fund

If you would like to learn more about the Aura High Yield SME Fund (wholesale clients only), please visit the fund’s web page to learn more: Aura High Yield SME Fund

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Chief Executive Officer of Montgomery Investment Management, David Buckland has over 30 years of industry experience. David is a deeply knowledgeable and highly experienced financial services executive. Prior to joining Montgomery in 2012, David was CEO and Executive Director of Hunter Hall for 11 years, as well as a Director at JP Morgan in Sydney and London for eight years.

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  1. Hi David

    I thought Warren Buffet once said that “in the Business World, the rear view mirror is always clearer than the windshield”.

    Maybe there are times when we have to be contrarians and ignore that saying.

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