It has been a challenging period for multi-asset investors with both equity and bond markets recording some of the worse starts to a year in decades. Global equity markets fell significantly over the quarter and domestically the ASX 300 index has fallen more than 10% since the start of the calendar year. However, what has been most damaging to balanced portfolios has been the significant losses experienced in the bond markets. Bond market indices are down 10%, as persistent and high inflation has seen bond yields rise sharply. The defensive part of many investor portfolios failed when it was needed most.

Deanne Baker explains how the Multi-Asset portfolios are positioned to best navigate through the current challenging environment.


The information in this video is prepared by Lonsec Investment Solutions Pty Ltd ABN 95 608 837 583 (LIS, we, us, our), a Corporate Authorised Representative (CAR) No. 1236821 of Lonsec Research Pty Ltd ABN 11 151 658 561, AFSL No. 421445 (Lonsec Research). Any express or implied rating or advice presented in this video is limited to general advice and based solely on consideration of the investment merits of the financial product(s) alone, without taking into account the investment objectives, financial situation and particular needs (“financial circumstances”) of any particular person. Before making an investment decision you must consider your financial circumstances or seek personal financial advice on its appropriateness. Read the Product Disclosure Statement for each financial product before making any decision about whether to acquire a financial product.

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We are currently in an environment we haven’t seen since the mid-1990s, of extremely high inflation and low growth, which has surprised many investors and has been damaging for those that have a low tolerance to risk, such as retirees. Despite negative returns, and while we haven’t been able to avoid the losses entirely, the Retirement portfolios have significantly outperformed the peer group benchmark, protecting retirees. The portfolio also delivered top quartile returns with less risk than the peer group over the 12 months to June 2022. In terms of total return, the portfolio remains comfortably above its Cash plus 2.4% objective over the 4-year recommended investment timeframe.

True to our investment philosophy and approach, having true diversification in the portfolios, being dynamic in how we positioned the portfolio this year, investing in high-quality strategies, and having a strong risk control, have paid off.


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It has been a challenging period for multi-asset investors with both equity and bond markets recording some of the worse starts to a year in decades. Global equity markets fell significantly over the quarter and domestically the ASX 300 index has fallen more than 10% since the start of the calendar year.

ESG and sustainable portfolios in general have felt the pain more acutely given the wide dispersion seen in sector returns and the Lonsec Sustainable portfolios were no exception. The portfolios have had a difficult quarter, lagging the peer group benchmark by some margin. Over the quarter, Dynamic Asset Allocation added value in the Balanced risk profile which benefited most from our underweight position in Fixed Income. In the higher risk profiles, DAA was flat to slightly negative as our overweight position in real assets more than offset the gains made in Fixed Income.

Looking ahead, our Sustainable positions remain diversified in order to be resilient to further market volatility. We continue to monitor developments regarding inflation, monetary policy and the global economy and we will adjust our portfolios if necessary to navigate through the challenges ahead.


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The heat has been on with central banks around the world trying to keep inflation under control. We have seen three consecutive rate rises by the RBA, the most numerous since 2010. We have observed similar monetary policy tightening action in other jurisdictions, notably the US where the last inflation read was 8.6%. Central banks are walking a tightrope as they try to manage inflation while at the same time trying to avoid a material economic slowdown.

One of the challenges is that many of the inflationary pressures we have observed have been driven by supply side issues caused by the pandemic and the subsequent pressure on supply chains. This has been coupled with the war in Ukraine which together have driven up the price of everything from building materials, food and energy costs.

There are some initial signs however that the heat may be coming off some of the areas that have been driving inflation. Globally, there is evidence weaker demand is coming through reflected in weaker PMI figures, opening up some spare capacity and allowing supply conditions to improve. Notably, indicators such as Global Manufacturing PMI supplier delivery times are showing signs of improvement, suggesting goods are beginning to move again and the S&P Global Supply Side Shortages Indicator is easing.

Other signs of the heat coming out of the economy are evident. The most visible and arguably high-profile, given many of us have exposure, is the housing sector. The Australian housing market is showing signs of softening with auction clearance rates at two-year lows according to CoreLogic data. Sydney has recorded the sharpest fall in house prices, falling by 1.6% in June. We have also seen a string of construction companies go into liquidation, the most recent being Langford Jones Homes in Victoria.

It is too early to assess whether rate rises are having their intended effect and whether central banks have the balance right between managing demand and keeping the economy growing. However, there are signs that demand is weakening and that supply chains are slowly working through the ‘covid’ backlog. If we see sustained evidence that inflation has peaked, and bond yields show signs of stability it is plausible that central banks will pause their tightening cycle and we may even see rates come back down next year. Until that time expect more bouts of market volatility as the market attempts to price in expectations on interest rates.

Considering this environment, we have sought to moderate any material asset allocation tilts and well as factor exposures within our suite of portfolios. We are likely to hold this position until we see sustained signs of inflation peaking and rate hiking cycle approach its climax. At that point we will reassess our portfolios positioning.


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Equity markets ended the financial year on a negative note in June, with the S&P/ASX 200 falling around 9% to finish the quarter down 12%. This drove the ASX 200 index as a whole down 6.5% for FY22. Global equities also fell significantly over the quarter, but Australian investors received some protection on unhedged investments from a 6 cent (8%) depreciation in the Australian Dollar. Rising inflation and subsequent rising interest rates were the main factors causing these negative returns.

Dan Moradi, Portfolio Manager for Listed Products, explains in detail what caused these negative returns and provides an update on the portfolios’ latest performance, positioning and outlook.


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Market volatility has persisted as markets are continuously recalibrating to price in forward looking inflation and the subsequent impact on interest rates and economic growth. We believe that this market volatility will persist until there is evidence that inflation has peaked and bond yields have stabilised. Bond yields have been rising, with US 10 year treasuries trading above the 3% mark and Australian 10 year bond trading above 4% in mid-June 2022 and we expect yield volatility to continue of over the next six months.

With interest rates rising, there has been increased attention on the risk of recession. The risk of recession has increased as central banks tread the fine line between trying to curb inflation and trying not to strangle economic growth. To date, economic growth remains positive, but some of the cyclical indicators are softening, indicating that the global economy is slowing. The main issue for the central banks is that monetary policy is a very blunt tool and while raising rates will most certainly curb demand, it will do little to address the supply side issues global economies are facing as supply chains remain stressed by the pandemic. A good example is China where the hard stance on Covid lockdowns have essentially brought Chinese ports to a standstill. Additionally, the war in Ukraine has driven commodity prices up including crude oil and agricultural products such as wheat, fertilizer and canola oil. Ukraine and Russia combined contribute 12% of the world’s total calories and are key suppliers of grains to Africa and the middle east. Therefore, whether we head into a recession will be dependent on the two key factors of easing of supply chain issues and central banks not overplaying their cards by raising rates too high. At this stage, our base case for Australia is that we will avoid a recession and if we do go into recession, it will not be a deep recession.

However, it is not all bad news when it comes to recessions and markets. The relationship between market returns and economic growth is inconsistent, meaning that low economic growth does not always mean low market returns and vice versa. Historically, markets have tended to lead the economy which is what we are seeing now as markets seek to price in where interest rates will go to. We have already seen markets fall around 20% as they try to price in inflation and implications on economic growth. Markets have historically recovered strongly from recessionary environments and downmarkets have tended to be short and sharp, followed by a strong rebound.

Markets are likely to be choppy over the coming six months as they try to digest inflation and the magnitude of any future rate rises. For the Lonsec Managed Portfolios, it is time to hold the line and not make big directional plays. The easy money from active asset allocation has been made and our overweight to growth assets and underweight to fixed income has served us well over recent years. However given the change in environment, we believe a more neutral asset allocation position is warranted. Despite the pull back in markets, prices are generally not in the cheap range, with the exception of emerging markets with growth continuing to be impacted by China’s covid zero policy. While bonds have been highly volatile, and no doubt have caused investors grief, there is a bright side with yields approaching levels where bonds start to look attractive. From an investment perspective, we also believe it is prudent not to be over exposed to one part of the market. Over recent years high growth stocks such as tech companies have performed extremely well, however in the coming months, having a blend of growth stocks coupled with strong cash generative quality companies will be important.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: This document is published by Lonsec Investment Solutions Pty Ltd ACN 608 837 583, a Corporate Authorised Representative (CAR 1236821) (LIS) of Lonsec Research Pty Ltd ABN 11 151 658 561 AFSL 421 445 (Lonsec Research).  LIS creates the model portfolios it distributes using the investment research provided by Lonsec Research but LIS has not had any involvement in the investment research process for Lonsec Research. LIS and Lonsec Research are owned by Lonsec Holdings Pty Ltd ACN 151 235 406. Please read the following before making any investment decision about any financial product mentioned in this document.

DISCLOSURE AT THE DATE OF PUBLICATION: Lonsec Research receives a fee from the relevant fund manager or product issuer(s) for researching financial products (using objective criteria) which may be referred to in this document. Lonsec Research may also receive a fee from the fund manager or product issuer(s) for subscribing to research content and other Lonsec Research services.  LIS receives a fee for providing the model portfolios to financial services organisations and professionals. LIS’ and Lonsec Research’s fees are not linked to the financial product rating(s) outcome or the inclusion of the financial product(s) in model portfolios. LIS and Lonsec Research and their representatives and/or their associates may hold any financial product(s) referred to in this document, but details of these holdings are not known to the Lonsec Research analyst(s).

WARNINGS: Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Any express or implied rating or advice presented in this document is limited to general advice and based solely on consideration of the investment merits of the financial product(s) alone, without taking into account the investment objectives, financial situation and particular needs (“financial circumstances”) of any particular person. Before making an investment decision based on the rating or advice, the reader must consider whether it is personally appropriate in light of his or her financial circumstances or should seek independent financial advice on its appropriateness.  If the financial advice relates to the acquisition or possible acquisition of a particular financial product, the reader should obtain and consider the Investment Statement or the Product Disclosure Statement for each financial product before making any decision about whether to acquire the financial product.

DISCLAIMER: No representation, warranty or undertaking is given or made in relation to the accuracy or completeness of the information presented in this document, which is drawn from public information not verified by LIS. The information contained in this document is current as at the date of publication. Financial conclusions, ratings and advice are reasonably held at the time of publication but subject to change without notice. LIS assumes no obligation to update this document following publication. Except for any liability which cannot be excluded, LIS and Lonsec Research, their directors, officers, employees and agents disclaim all liability for any error or inaccuracy in, misstatement or omission from, this document or any loss or damage suffered by the reader or any other person as a consequence of relying upon it.

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With a huge array of government initiatives reshaping super in recent years, none was more keenly watched than the inaugural performance test of 80 MySuper products.

The regulator found that 13 of the 80 products assessed were deemed to have underperformed the benchmark by more than 50 basis points. Since August when the results were released, 77% of these providers have announced their intentions to either merge or exit the industry.

This year, we expect to see the second round of MySuper results likely causing some MySuper solutions to be prevented from accepting new members. This will be accompanied by the first assessment of Choice options under the test. SuperRatings has conducted analysis of the industry’s performance to 31 March 2022, using its newly developed Performance Test iQ tool. Analysis was completed on over 650 options across Trustee Directed Products, including Retail, Industry, Corporate, and Government funds, excluding MySuper products.

The results from our analysis suggest that approximately 20% of options were estimated to fail the test, which allows for annualised underperformance of the benchmark of up to 50 basis points.

Option Type % Estimated to Fail
Capital Stable (20-40) 25%
Conservative Balanced (41-59) 20%
Balanced (60-76) 17%
Growth (77-90) 16%
High Growth (91-100) 26%

Breaking down the analysis further, SuperRatings found that all option types are facing challenges. In particular, options with growth assets, such as equities, making up between 91-100% of assets held were most likely to fail the test, with 26% of these options estimated as failing based on performance over the 8 years to 31 March 2022. Capital Stable options with between 20-40% growth assets are also facing a challenge to pass the test, with around a quarter of these options estimated as failing.

As the performance test captures investment returns over an eight-year period, funds have limited ability to shift their relative long-term position against the benchmark. However, with the test only accounting for the most recent level of fees charged, funds do have the ability to make fee changes to improve their performance test outcomes.

SuperRatings has been tracking an estimate of the benchmark representative administration fees and expenses (RAFE) based on the performance test calculation. While the test appears to be having an impact in terms of reducing fees for the MySuper products which were tested last year, our analysis shows that the Trustee Directed Product RAFE has remained flat.

 

We observed a decline in the RAFE for MySuper products each quarter since the start of the financial year, however the Trustee Directed Product RAFE saw an increase in the September quarter, followed by a return to the same RAFE in December 2021 and has remained stable since.

Since the results of the first test were published, we have observed an increase in funds seeking to simplify their investment menus, as well as a faster pace of merger announcements and shorter times for mergers to reach completion. While there are clear cost savings for funds in managing fewer options, the benefits of member choice are real, with highly engaged members particularly valuing additional choice. We suggest funds take a balanced approach when assessing the viability of offering additional options to ensure members achieve the best possible retirement outcomes.

The first performance test has had a significant impact on the future of those products which failed. Having an industry wide benchmark gives funds a clear target with significant potential benefit for members, however ensuring the test is appropriately capturing the nuances of the range of investment options in the industry remains a challenge. The regulator will be releasing the results of its second annual performance test later this year, with the industry closely monitoring potential outcomes. As the industry awaits the results of the second test, SuperRatings continues to use its comprehensive database and deep research capability to gain key insights into super fund performance and the future outlook for the industry.

In this video, Lukasz de Pourbaix, Executive Director and CIO of Lonsec Investment Solutions provides an update on what’s been happening in the markets, with market volatility and inflation. Lukasz then explains what this means for the Lonsec portfolios.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: This document is published by Lonsec Investment Solutions Pty Ltd ACN 608 837 583, a Corporate Authorised Representative (CAR 1236821) (LIS) of Lonsec Research Pty Ltd ABN 11 151 658 561 AFSL 421 445 (Lonsec Research).  LIS creates the model portfolios it distributes using the investment research provided by Lonsec Research but LIS has not had any involvement in the investment research process for Lonsec Research. LIS and Lonsec Research are owned by Lonsec Holdings Pty Ltd ACN 151 235 406. Please read the following before making any investment decision about any financial product mentioned in this document.

DISCLOSURE AT THE DATE OF PUBLICATION: Lonsec Research receives a fee from the relevant fund manager or product issuer(s) for researching financial products (using objective criteria) which may be referred to in this document. Lonsec Research may also receive a fee from the fund manager or product issuer(s) for subscribing to research content and other Lonsec Research services.  LIS receives a fee for providing the model portfolios to financial services organisations and professionals. LIS’ and Lonsec Research’s fees are not linked to the financial product rating(s) outcome or the inclusion of the financial product(s) in model portfolios. LIS and Lonsec Research and their representatives and/or their associates may hold any financial product(s) referred to in this document, but details of these holdings are not known to the Lonsec Research analyst(s).

WARNINGS: Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Any express or implied rating or advice presented in this document is limited to general advice and based solely on consideration of the investment merits of the financial product(s) alone, without taking into account the investment objectives, financial situation and particular needs (“financial circumstances”) of any particular person. Before making an investment decision based on the rating or advice, the reader must consider whether it is personally appropriate in light of his or her financial circumstances or should seek independent financial advice on its appropriateness.  If the financial advice relates to the acquisition or possible acquisition of a particular financial product, the reader should obtain and consider the Investment Statement or the Product Disclosure Statement for each financial product before making any decision about whether to acquire the financial product.

DISCLAIMER: No representation, warranty or undertaking is given or made in relation to the accuracy or completeness of the information presented in this document, which is drawn from public information not verified by LIS. The information contained in this document is current as at the date of publication. Financial conclusions, ratings and advice are reasonably held at the time of publication but subject to change without notice. LIS assumes no obligation to update this document following publication. Except for any liability which cannot be excluded, LIS and Lonsec Research, their directors, officers, employees and agents disclaim all liability for any error or inaccuracy in, misstatement or omission from, this document or any loss or damage suffered by the reader or any other person as a consequence of relying upon it.

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With the passing of the government’s Retirement Income Covenant legislation, funds now have a clear framework and timeline to guide their path forwards.

As we expect the number of retirement income products in the market to grow, it is crucial for funds to ensure they are appropriately resourcing education, advice and digital capabilities to support retirees in understanding, planning and managing their retirement strategies.

Camille Schmidt, Market Insights Manager, SuperRatings

With the regulator set to release the results of its assessment of performance for Trustee Directed Products for the period to 30 June 2022, we have estimated the potential outcomes for diversified Choice options using our new Performance Test iQ analysis tool for the 8-year period to 31 March 2022.

The results indicate that approximately 20% of options were estimated to fail the test, which allows for annualised underperformance of the benchmark of up to 50 basis points.

Kirby Rappell, Executive Director, SuperRatings

Important information: Any express or implied rating or advice is limited to general advice, it doesn’t consider any personal needs, goals or objectives.  Before making any decision about financial products, consider whether it is personally appropriate for you in light of your personal circumstances. Obtain and consider the Product Disclosure Statement for each financial product and seek professional personal advice before making any decisions regarding a financial product.