The Strategic Europe Quality Fund returned +3.41% in May, outperforming its index by 0.85%. Stock selection was the main contributor to return, it was particularly strong for the Communication Services and Consumer Discretionary sectors.
There were no noteworthy detractors for the period.
The best performing sectors for the benchmark over the period were Consumer Discretionary, Financials, Real Estate, Consumer Staples and Energy, while the Information Technology, Utilities and Communication Services were the bottom-performing sectors.
The Strategic Global Quality Fund returned +2.33% in May, outperforming its index by 0.89%. Similar to the European Fund, stock selection over the month delivered significant alpha, particularly the Communication Services and Consumer Discretionary sectors.
The best performing sectors for the benchmark over the month were the Energy, Financials and Materials sectors, while the Consumer Discretionary, Information Technology and Utilities sectors were the bottom performers.
The Consumer Staples sector also contributed to alpha, due to both the Fund’s relative overweight to the sector and currency effect.
The only noteworthy detractor to alpha over the period was the Fund’s relative underweight to the Financials sector.
The best-performing stocks for both the European and Global strategies were JC Decaux and Kering, there were no notable detractors during the month for either strategy.
We expect to see a strong economic recovery in the short term as economies begin to reopen. Longer-term inflation is a risk; we will watch to see how things develop. Valuations in certain parts of the market are expensive.
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