Quarterly Update – Q1 2022
The first quarter of the year was a particularly challenging period for the Sustainable portfolios as the Russian invasion of Ukraine pushed oil and gas prices higher. The energy sector outperformed the less carbon-intensive sectors such as information technology by 30% during the quarter which proved to be a major headwind for the portfolios. The Sustainable portfolios had very little exposure to fossil fuels so when energy outperforms by such a margin the portfolios tend to lag the broader market. Consequently, the portfolios underperformed the peer group benchmark for the quarter despite a late quarter rally.
Notwithstanding the recent volatility in markets, the portfolios have had a strong year delivering top-quartile returns and 2% above the peer group average over the 12 months to 31 March 2022.
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