Quarterly Multi-Asset Growth Strategy Update – Q4 2019

Product updates and commentary in response to key market developments.

Performance review - 4th Quarter Update

The Fund added to its positive year-to-date performance.

  • The allocation to global equities remained rewarded and suited the risk-on market environment.
  • Unlike the previous quarter, the allocation to Bluebay’s convertible bond strategy was positive.
  • Allocations to global high yield and unconstrained fixed income were positive.
  • An allocation to Emerging Markets added value.


  • Unhedged currency exposure detracted amid sterling strength. Exposure to the Japanese yen was unrewarded as sterling appreciated 8.6% on a total return basis.
  • Exposure to duration was a slight negative as bond yields increased over the quarter.
  • The allocations to local currency emerging market debt and infrastructure detracted. 

Performance (%)

Average annualised returns as of 31/12/19

RUSSELL INVESTMENTS MULTI-ASSET GROWTH STRATEGY GBP PERFORMANCE (%) 1 month 3 months Year to date 12 months 3 years 5 years Since inception
Return Gross of Mgmt Fee A
1.1 2.3 12.8 12.8 4.9 5.3 6.4
Return Net of Mgmt Fee 1.0 2.1 11.9 11.9 4.1 4.4 5.5
RPI +4% Benchmark 0.5 0.8 6.3 6.3 7.2 6.6 7.1

Source: Confluence. Data as at 31st December 2019

Discrete rolling 12-month performance (%)

Average annualised returns as of 31/12/19

Returns shown in GBP Q4 2014 - Q4 2015 Q4 2015 - Q4 2016 Q4 2016 - Q4 2017 Q4 2017 - Q4 2018 Q4 2018 - Q4 2019
Return Gross of Mgmt Fee (0.80) 2.4 9.3 7.8 -5.0 12.8
Return Net of Mgmt Fee 1.6 8.5 7.0 -5.8 11.9
RPI +4% 5.1 6.3 8.0 7.3 6.3

Source: Confluence. Data as at 31st December 2019

"The Fund performed well over the fourth quarter, largely driven by the allocation to global equities."


Portfolio review

Asset allocation chart

Asset Allocation MAGS Q4 2019 

Source: Russell Investments. Data as at 31st December 2019. Inception date: 8 December 2009.

Over the fourth quarter, we made the following portfolio changes:

  • Early in the quarter, we added to our equity allocation as our belief around a cyclical economic upswing grew. However, to keep risks balanced, we also increased our exposure to US Treasuries.
  • We made the same trade in November – adding to UK equities where we saw good value and a catalyst for a re-rating if the Conservatives gained a majority in the election.

The Fund remains well balanced between growth orientated asset classes like equities and more defensive allocations, particularly alternative forms of fixed income. We use enhanced diversification and overlay strategies designed to mitigate downside during material drawdowns.



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