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|52 week high on 2021/07/29
|52 week low on 2020/10/30
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Gryphon Collective Investments (RF) (Pty) Ltd.
South African All Share Index Total Return
Abri du Plessis
Abri’s position at Gryphon is that of Economist and Portfolio Manager where his primary focus is on the multi-asset service offering - a role that sees his wealth of quantitative experience put to effective use. He is involved in co-managing the Money Market Fund and Equity Tracker solutions. Abri’s experience spans all aspects of the industry and market and, having co-founded Gryphon, he is instrumental in the strategic direction of the group.
Cassie serves as a Research Analyst and Portfolio Manager at Gryphon. He completed his B. Comm (Financial Analysis) at Stellenbosch and is in the process of completing his CFA Level III examinations. Cassie spent the years 2007 to 2011 in the asset administration industry, serving as a business analyst and team leader. Cassie joined Gryphon during 2011 and his strong quantitative background assists in the maintenance of our proprietary value models. He performs detailed analysis on companies we identify as potential value opportunities and co-manages our Equity Tracker and Absolute-Return Portfolios.
Gryphon All Share Tracker comment - Oct 17
Global economic growth remains robust and increasing reference is being made to a synchronized global recovery. US growth has not been derailed by hurricanes and the Eurozone upswing remains on track underpinned by strong industrial activity and exports. Emerging markets too are increasingly reflecting economic strength. Recent developments in China have strengthened the hand of the ruling elite and the countries evolution to services and consumer-oriented economy continues. The ECB continued to reassure markets of a gradual exodus from QE. Global equity markets returned +1.9% in dollars, while Emerging markets outperformed, returning +3.5%.
Another strong month from local equities, +6.3%, reflects the dominance of large capitalization rand-hedge stocks on our bourse. Resources led, up +7.1%, however, large capitalization Industrials like Naspers continued to rally. The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement was, if anything, concerning and precipitate a weakening in the currency as the increased likelihood of a downgrade is factored in. The prospect of further rate cuts has been virtually eliminated. However, global commodity prices are strong, as is global growth. This rising tide may lift a floundering South African ship. However, you cannot avoid ''hopeless'' by relying only on ''hope.'' Action is required.
Technology-laden U.S. markets have delivered earnings in line with expectations and in some instances, like Facebook, even better. Politics aside, the U.S. continues to perform. However, there may be a re-evaluation of how high some stocks can fly. Tesla, Yelp, FireEye and GoPro all fell around 10%, in after-hours trading, after disappointing the market. The froth and fervor around Bitcoin, is also reminiscent of prior excesses that have ended badly. Nevertheless, investors need to remain focused on their financial goals. As does the U.S. Federal Reserve. And its primary goal remains to hike rates further in December. Looking out to 2018, it has more rate hikes penciled in than the market and this could be an inflection point. While economic growth remains strong, investors must be cognizant of what is priced into the market.
The uncertain local political and economic environment has resulted in a dearth of investment in infrastructure and new business ventures. Sadly, it is exactly investment of this nature which creates jobs, which is in essence what South Africa needs. It is the enterprising investor who is able to, in the midst of this confusion and uncertainty, identify opportunities offering value and allocate capital which generates inflation-beating returns. It is worth reflecting on the stellar returns enjoyed locally over the past 10 years. For example, annualized returns of 9.8% for equities, 8.0% for bonds and 7.2% for cash. What is also increasingly clear however, is that active managers have underperformed the index over this period and with the strong performance since July have continued to do so. An allocation to indexation is certainly worth considering.
The Gryphon All Share Tracker Fund is an optimally managed, low cost portfolio that tracks the performance of the South African All Share Index after all fees related to the management of the fund have been accounted for. This is a pure equity fund; thus, investors should be willing to tolerate potential volatility in the short-term. The recommended investment term is three years and longer.