WS Canlife Diversified Risk Managed V Fund

Q4 2023 WS Canlife Diversified Risk Managed V Fund

Fund update

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Market Review

The fourth quarter was broadly positive for the performance of equities and fixed income, as several of the themes driving markets in previous quarters reversed and expectations of a 'soft landing' became more widespread. Generally speaking, equity markets turned bullish in the fourth quarter after the market started to price in a soft landing and benign inflation backdrop. Meanwhile, UK gilts outperformed EUR and USD-denominated government bonds.

Markets were buoyed by signs that the US Federal Reserve (Fed) might start to change its monetary policy stance and move into a rate-cutting cycle, as inflation showed signs of slowing. In November, the US Personal Consumption Expenditure index – a key bellwether for the Fed – rose at an annual rate of 3.2%, which was below many economists’ expectations. Broad-based falls for commodity prices, with the price of a barrel of oil falling from $90 in October to just over $70 by the end of the year, further strengthened sentiment.

Fund Activity

During Q4, the fund produced a positive return, but underperformed the comparator benchmark. Over the quarter, global equities, particularly Europe and North America, were bigger contributors to absolute returns than UK equities.

The smaller fixed income allocation of the fund – mainly corporate bond exposure but also including UK government bonds and inflation-linked bonds – also contributed to overall performance.

Our property and alternatives sector exposure produced a flat return, owing to losses for the property holdings although, within alternatives, the allocation to infrastructure contributed. 


With inflation starting to approach central bank target levels and expectations for more robust economic conditions strengthened, this broadly improved investor sentiment. However, some forward-looking indicators – such as manufacturing data – have yet to provide signs of an obvious economic recovery and a continued rise in debt delinquency rates during the fourth quarter suggests higher rates are starting to bite.

Overall, we need to see some reconciliation between economic data and financial market pricing before we can be strongly confident about a soft landing.


Important information

The value of investments may fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount invested.

The views expressed in this document are those of the fund manager at the time of publication and should not be taken as advice, a forecast or a recommendation to buy or sell securities. These views are subject to change at any time without notice.

The WS Canlife Diversified Risk Managed Funds may invest in property funds that may be illiquid and subject to wide price spreads, both of which can impact the value of the fund. The value of the property is based on the opinion of a valuer and is therefore subjective.

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