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Personal Portfolio Funds UK

QUARTERLY FOCUS

The Personal Portfolio Funds (PPF) invest in a range of asset classes such as cash, bonds and equities and offer five different risk profiles.
 

Fourth Quarter 2019

Fund

PERFORMANCE

The Personal Portfolio Funds (PPF) invest in a range of asset classes such as cash, bonds and equities and offer five different risk profiles.

They are a simplified representation of our long-term investment view. The funds are actively managed but are largely implemented through passive funds. The range of risk profiles enables investors to choose among the funds depending on individual objectives and appetite for risk.

PPF 1  Lower risk
Mostly bonds (at least 70%)
PPf 2 Lower / Medium risk
Mostly bonds (at least 50%), some equity
PPf 3
Medium risk  
Equities (at least 45%) and bonds
PPf 4
Medium / Higher risk Mostly equities (at least 65%), some bonds
PPf 5
Higher risk
Mostly equities (at least 90%), minor cash allocation

Spotlight on

Asset Allocation

 

  • Most strategies delivered a positive return over the quarter, while more defensive portfolios were affected by falling UK government bonds as investors favoured risk assets. Generally, positive news on US/China trade talks and a decisive UK election result drove equity markets and boosted returns.
  • In the days after the UK election, we used cash reserves to add to our holdings in UK equities. They look attractive based on our analysis, particularly on valuation measures. Greater clarity on Brexit, albeit with some potential uncertainty further down the line, could act as a trigger for gains.
  • We increased our investment in European equities. Companies in the region derive a large share of revenues from emerging markets and other sectors sensitive to global economic activity. As the broader global economy improves, we’re seeing encouraging signs from those markets. This positive trend has not yet been widely recognised by investors so European shares are good value in our view.

Performance

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FUND RETURNS, AFTER MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION FEES (PLATFORM FEES NOT INCLUDED)

Fund

Last quarter

Dec 16 to Dec 17

Dec 17 to Dec 18

Dec 18 to Dec 19

Personal Portfolio Fund 1 – Lower Risk

-1.1%

3.7%

-2.0%

7.8%

Personal Portfolio Fund 2 – Lower/Medium Risk

-0.3%

6.2%

-3.4%

10.9%

Personal Portfolio Fund 3 – Medium Risk

0.4%

8.5%

-4.4%

13.1%

Personal Portfolio Fund 4 – Medium/Higher Risk

1.4%

11.2%

-5.6%

16.2%

Personal Portfolio Fund 5 – Higher Risk

2.0%

14.4%

-6.6%

19.2%

Past performance should not be taken as a guide to future performance.
The value of investments, and the income from them, can go down as well as up, and you may not recover the amount of your original investment.

The value of investments and any income from them can go down as well as up, and you may not recover the amount of your original investment. Where an investment involves exposure to a foreign currency, changes in rates of exchange may cause the value of the investment, and the income from it, to go up or down.

In the case of some investments, they may be illiquid and there may be no recognised market for them and it may therefore be difficult for you to deal in them or obtain reliable information about their value or the extent of the risks to which they are exposed.

Investments in emerging markets are subject to certain special risks, which include, for example, a certain degree of political instability, relatively unpredictable financial market trends and economic growth patterns, a financial market that is still in the development stage and a weak economy.

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