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Global Equity Income Portfolio: February 2024

February 2024 saw the global equity market continue its recent pattern with share price momentum and companies with higher growth rates providing better performance. Index returns continue to be driven by the narrow number of companies delivering great earnings growth.

Overall financial conditions in the United States have not changed much despite headline tightening. Volatility has remained surprisingly low. Investors appear to envision that pro-business policies will emerge from a new Republican Government, despite the lack of tangible policy proposals. There have been announcements from large technology firms about layoffs, but they represent a small fraction of overall employment which in aggregate has continued to be buoyant.

The FTSE All World High Dividend Index (USD) gained 1.7%, while the Global Equity Income Portfolio added1%

The best performing stocks held in the portfolio were Diversified Energy 8.9%, JPMorgan 6.7% and Hannover Re 6.4%. The worst performers were Legal & General 5.7%, Imperial Brands 8.3% and Roche 8.6%, who all posted declines.

With the current market so narrow active global equity managers seem to be in one of two camps; either they have AI exposed stocks and are outperforming or keeping up with the global index, or they have little of these and are experiencing underperformance. Amid the areas of the market that seem obvious to avoid, such as US regional banks, we are conscious that opportunities might arise. However, we are unconvinced that this is the right time to take risk in these areas.

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