AXA WF Defensive Optimal Income
Last NAV 79.7600 EUR as of 12/11/19
The Sub-Fund seeks to achieve medium term capital growth by investing in a diversified portfolio of broad asset classes, through a defensive approach aiming to limit the annualised volatility at 5%.
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Fund manager comment : 30/09/19
A new month, bringing new developments. There is no question that Donald Trump will have to face impeachment proceedings after further accusations of interference. In terms of data, the manufacturing PMI continued to drop while in the eurozone, Germany lost momentum and Italy went into a slide. The US Federal Reserve (Fed) and the European Central Bank (ECB) decided to adopt a more accommodative approach to their monetary policy. In the United States, the Democrats finally decided to launch impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump for the alleged use of State resources for personal purposes. Given that there has never been a successful impeachment in the past (Richard Nixon resigned before proceedings could take place and Bill Clinton was exonerated), there is some doubt as to whether these proceedings will have any real impact on the current president, particularly as the process is a long one. Nevertheless, the timing does not work in his favour since the presidential elections will be held in November 2020. In the short term, the composite ISM manufacturing PMI continued to drop (47.8 vs. 49.1 in August) and its New Exports Orders component fell to its lowest since the end of 2008. On the consumption front, expenditure is still dynamic but household confidence deteriorated, leading to increased risk in the medium term. The Fed implemented a further rates cut of 25 basis points (bp) to [1.75%-2%]. We can expect to see another cut in December, to [1.5%-1.75%] before a pause in 2020, unless recent tensions on the short-term liquidity market force the Fed to announce further measures, especially in terms of managing the reduction of its balance sheet. In the eurozone, the sentiment index of the European Commission (EC) remained stuck at a low level and the composite PMI fell to 50.4, its lowest since June 2013. Activity in Germany continues to cause concern and the government is still firmly opposed to the idea of budgetary stimulus plans. Despite the announcement of a plan intended to drive the ecological transition, this is only worth 0.4% of GDP (€54 billion over four years). France stood up better, with its business climate indicator slightly up. At its most recent monetary policy meeting, the ECB decided to drop its deposit rate by 10 bp to -0.5%, specifying that a two-stage system will be introduced on 30 October, thereby exempting a large portion of banking reserves from negative interest rates. Mario Draghi also announced that the ECB will relaunch its quantitative easing programme for 20 billion euros per month, for an unlimited term. Finally, the committee specified that rates will remain low, at least until mid-2020, and said that any increase in rates will be conditional upon core inflation approaching the 2% mark. In Italy, the Democratic Party (PD) and the 5-Star Movement agreed to form a new government led by former prime minister Giuseppe Conte. However, this is a fragile coalition, as intra-party dissensions cannot be ruled out (and Matteo Renzi has already quit the PD and created a new party). Spain will return to the polls on 10 November, unless an agreement can be reached between the Socialists and Podemos on the formation of a government. In Austria, the Conservative party came out on top in the recent elections (37%). The Greens, which gained large numbers of votes (14%), are expected to take their place in the new government, especially as the extreme right FPO party indicated that it would prefer a spell in opposition. In the United Kingdom (UK), Brexit dominated the news for the 39th month in a row (since June 2016). The Supreme Court delivered a severe rebuke to Boris Johnson, ruling that his suspension of Parliament was “void and of no effect”. The Conservative party is pushing for a deal with the EU before 31 October in order to meet the prime minister’s commitment to achieve Brexit “at all costs”. In the next few days, Boris Johnson will present a detailed plan, now expected to include “customs clearance” centres on both sides of the Irish border. However, the EU is fully aware that the renegotiation of the backstop does not only concern the safeguarding of Ireland’s commercial interests, but the very existence of the Union itself. In Japan, VAT increased from 8% to 10% with effect from 1 October. In the medium term, this is intended to reduce a still-sizeable public debt (226% of GDP), affected in part by soaring social welfare costs linked to population ageing. However, the government has passed measures that aim to avoid a recession in the short term, the most significant of which is the exemption of first necessity products. With regard to monetary policy, the Bank of Japan decided to maintain the status quo at its most recent meeting in September. In China, the regime celebrated its 70th anniversary. In his speech, Xi Jinping stated that “no force can stop the Chinese people and the Chinese nation from forging ahead”, making direct reference to the rioters in Hong Kong and the trade war and ideological differences setting it against the United States. With regard to the latest economic indicators, the Caixin manufacturing PMI climbed to 51.4 in August but it is difficult at the moment to dissociate the effects of speculation around the implementation of new customs duties by the US and the budgetary stimulus plan set in motion by the Chinese government a few months ago. In terms of allocation, our exposure in equities markets was stable at around 23.41%, broken down as follows: 4.86% in the United States, 10.27% in the eurozone, 2.26% in Europe outside the eurozone, and 3.04% in Asia (including 0.97% in Japan). Our equities allocation now represents 21.35% of the portfolio and is partially hedged on the eurozone and the United States. Our exposure in equities in the European banking sector is around 0.94%. On the bond market, modified duration is still relatively low even though it increased as a result of investments on the credit market in recent months, to take advantage of a yield premium compared with the sovereign bonds market. The allocation in investment grade credit now represents around 47.90% of the portfolio. The allocation in high yield credit was maintained at around 5.17% of assets with a preference for the European market. We have maintained our diversification on the fund AXA IM WAVe Cat Bonds, which represents 0.53%. The allocation in emerging markets bonds denominated in USD or EUR represents 3.87%. We also maintained our long position on inflation expectations in the eurozone for around 5% of the portfolio given the current levels. Our position on money market products was reduced and now represents around 1.64%. Over the month, the fund posted a net performance of +0.39%.
Past performance is not a reliable indicator as to future performance.
Performance calculations are net of management fees. Performance are shown as annual performance ( 365 days). In the case where the currency of the investor is different from the Fund’s reference currency the gains are capable of varying considerably due to the fluctuations of the exchange rate.
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|Performance table||Net performance||Reference index||Start date||End date|
|Risk table||Fund volatility||Benchmark volatility||Tracking error||Information ratio||Sharpe ratio||Beta||Alpha|
|First NAV date||18/01/99|
|Expertise||Total Return & Allocation|
|Range||AXA World Funds|
|Custodian||State Street Bank Luxembourg S.C.A|
|Clearing house||Fund Settle|
|Asset manager||AXA INVESTMENT MANAGERS PARIS S.A.|
|Depositary||State Street Bank Luxembourg S.C.A|
|Legal asset manager||AXA Funds Management SA (Luxembourg)|
|Fund Manager||Serge PIZEM|
|Investment team||MT Asset Allocation|
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