Find out more about Alliance Trust’s performance, with the help of market commentary from our Investment Manager.
Over August, the Trust’s total shareholder return, NAV total return and equity portfolio
return were 1.9%, 2.6% and 2.3% respectively, underperforming the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) which returned 2.8% over the same period.
There were a number of key geo-political events that have increased market volatility during this month, such as increasing tensions between the US and North Korea, terrorist attacks in Spain and the impact of Hurricane Harvey on the US energy sector. However, macroeconomic data across Europe, US, UK and Japan continues to be positive supporting the continued global economic recovery.
Emerging markets continued to lead against global developed markets, returning 4.6% versus 2.6% and 1.5% respectively for the US and UK. Over the quarter, sterling depreciated against the dollar (-2.3%) and the yen (-2.6%), which contributed to the relative underperformance of the equity portfolio as it was overweight UK and underweight US and Japan.
We expect increased volatility from the current low levels and believe that this increased
volatility will create dispersion within markets and sectors providing an ideal environment for talented stock pickers.
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Alliance Trust has been awarded the AIC’s Dividend Hero award and is proud to have increased its dividend every year for 50 years. This award is made by the Association of Investment Companies to the small number of investment companies who have increased their dividends each year for 20 years or more. For more information and a full list of qualifying companies, you can visit the AIC website.More information