Prime SMA Performance Summary – September 2021

The indomitable optimism that has fuelled risk assets to be priced to perfection was punctuated by more sober expectations in September.

Notably, after 11 sequential months of positive returns the ASX 200 contracted in September by concerns of slowing earnings growth and the Federal Reserve signalling they are ready to tighten monetary policy.

Investors have enjoyed a long stretch of share price gains bolstered by an extraordinarily recovery in company earnings and highly accommodative policy settings, underpinned by government spending and record low interest rates. The combination of both factors has led the markets to recent record highs.

Principally, five key risks are currently weighing on stock market sentiment and trajectory of corporate profits: (1) A slowdown in China’s economic activity particularly evident in their commodity intensive infrastructure & property sectors, (2) rising energy costs and supply disruptions, (3) ongoing global supply chain bottlenecks, (4) the deleterious impact of the NSW & Vic lockdowns, & (5) signalled tightening by the US Federal Reserve leading to rising bond yields weighing on risk asset valuations.

On an attribution front, the Financials and Energy sectors provided the greatest contribution to overall index returns for September, whilst Materials were the worst performing sector. The PRIME Australian Equity Growth portfolio finished the month of September down -0.25% compared to the ASX 200 Accumulation Index down -1.85%.

Positive contribution for the portfolio was driven by Santos (STO), News Corp (NWS), and Macquarie Group (MQG). Whereas BHP Group (BHP), CSL Limited (CSL), and Marley Spoon (MMM) weighed on attribution.

We firmly believe that our equity portfolios’ weighting tilted toward the attributes of Quality (earnings resilience & industry leadership) and Value (margin of safety) are warranted.

A cash weighting of ~7% also provides us the flexibility to invest counter cyclically as investment opportunities emerge. We can deploy our cash to existing stocks in the portfolio and/or stocks on our active watchlist.

Portfolio Performance Figures

Risk Profile Portfolio Performance Figures as at 30 September 2021

Post-Franking Credits

Prime SMA – Model Portfolio Performance Figures as at 30 September 2021

Post-Franking Credits

About the Portfolio

Portfolio Objective
To achieve capital growth with moderate tax-effective income via franked dividends through investment in listed Australian securities.

Model Portfolio
The Model Portfolio is managed by selecting primarily those securities with moderate growth potential but robust cash-generating capacity. These securities are expected to deliver an above-market average income yield, together with a relatively moderate level of capital growth. The portfolio benchmark is the S&P/ASX200 Accumulation Index.

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