Innova Lifestyle Preservation Portfolio

April 2024

Performance Table

Innova Lifestyle Preservation Portfolio-0.66%1.50%5.26%4.49%2.00%-2.27%
FE Peer Group Conservative-1.06%0.57%5.77%3.83%1.28%2.12%2.11%
Excess Returns0.40%0.93%-0.51%0.66%0.72%-0.16%

Portfolio Performance

April saw most risk markets sell off as a “stagflation” (high inflation and slowing growth) narrative began to emerge following a softer GDP print and hotter inflation data than the market expected. Interest rate sensitive government treasuries also sold off (yields up) because of these prints, and the chance of rate cuts almost entirely disappeared for the year. Looking closer at the growth data, consumption is still resilient – with other components such as inventories causing the shortfall. Over the past months the disinflation trend has been met with some bumps in the road, causing unexpected volatility in bond markets. Global developed equities were down ~3%, domestic equities down closer to ~4% and the Global aggregate bond index down 2.5%. Emerging market equities had a rebound, being in the green, led by China/HK. In currency markets, the US dollar continued its strength with rising yields, up 3.5% against the Yen. Commodities saw mixed outcomes; notably, copper up 13% and iron ore recovering by 11%. The consensus view for the United States economy seems to still be a soft landing, though other economies such as Europe, UK, Canada, and Australia are stuck between trying to follow the Fed’s monetary actions whilst balancing weaker relative economic growth compared to the U.S. The portfolios performed well on a relative basis compared to benchmarks due to our slight defensive tilt, being underweight US in equities, and being overweight floating-rate credit instead of holding interest-rate sensitive government bonds. Our underweight to US tech and A-REITs helped performance, as well as our overweight to emerging market equities, gold miners and UK equities.

Asset Allocation Exposure

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Fixed Interest45.40%
Global Shares13.96%
Australian Shares10.45%
Real Assets2.34%

Top Portfolio Holdings

Macquarie True Index Cash Fund
Realm Short Term Income Ordinary
Vaneck Vectors Australian Floating Rate ETF
Vanguard Australian Government Bond Index ETF
Global X Us Treasury Bond
Janus Henderson Conservative Fixed Interest
Macquarie True Index Australian Shares Fund
Western Asset Bond Fund
Invesco Wholesale Australian Share Fund
VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF

Growth of $100,000 since inception

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Market Outlook

Clearly, the markets continue to dislike the “strong” data (resilient labour markets, high wage growth, upticks in manufacturing and consumption intact). The reason being, is that the basis of stretched valuations initially relied upon the 6-7 rate cuts in 2024, which have been taken away. Whilst there has certainly been some impressive earnings growth, and upside surprises in the Q1 earnings reports – valuations for US equities are still far beyond their fundamentals and will continue to be hurt if yield volatility continues. Whilst the pricing around this narrative may have gone too far (yields too high, USD too high and commodities too high), we wait patiently for more consistent macroeconomic data in the U.S. before taking any action. The most recent development was the reduction of quantitative tightening (increasing liquidity), which allowed bond yields to fall and stocks to rally.

Domestically, economic cracks are revealing themselves, with retail sales coming in much lower at -0.4% than the 0.3% expected, and unemployment ticking up to 3.8%. Inflation came in hotter than expected at 3.6% instead of 3.4% expected, and house prices continue to rise across the country, with a YoY reading of 9.4%. Whilst there is certainly weakness in household consumption, and less disposable income due to rising outstanding mortgage rates - the likelihood of a rate hike was brought back onto the table due to the hotter price pressures for the month.

Investment Objective

The portfolio aims to to provide a return exceeding the RBA Target Cash Rate +1.5% p.a., before fees, over rolling 5 year periods.

Key Information

Management Fee0.36%
Maximum Expected Volatility4.00%
Standard Risk MeasureLow to Medium
Investment Timeframe5 years
PlatformCFS First Wrap

About the Manager

Innova is a boutique portfolio management firm with institutional-grade capabilities that specialises in risk-focused portfolio solutions. Co-founded by Dan Miles and Dinyar Irani in 2010, Innova’s objective is to provide robust investment solutions that work with investor behaviour, rather than against it.

Innova has a comprehensive understanding of investment risk and has developed a proprietary risk management framework based on rigorous academic research to support their investment process. Their quantitative framework acts as the compass, with their experienced investment team determining the best approach to execute this outcome. Innova's systematic approach to portfolio construction has enabled them to navigate global markets successfully, even during challenging market cycles.

Innova has consistently adhered to their investment process across all market regimes. They have rigorously tested their process and analysed hundreds of historical data sources to ensure they always have conviction in their investment decision making. As a result, Innova is able to consistently manage portfolio risk during market downturns and their performance track record is a testament to the effectiveness of their approach.

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