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Liontrust Diversified Real Assets Fund

September 2023 review

Past performance does not predict future returns. You may get back less than you originally invested. Reference to specific securities is not intended as a recommendation to purchase or sell any investment.
  • Core infrastructure holdings weigh on performance, with renewable, social and global holdings all negative
  • Core property turns slightly negative after specialist REITs performed well in July
  • Volatility reflects a higher interest rate environment that may be close to peaking


Over the month to 30 September 2023, the Diversified Real Assets Fund (the ‘Fund’) returned -2.4%, (Class A accumulation share class, net of fees).1

Core property contributed positively to performance in September, but this was outweighed by the negative returns from core infrastructure, diversifiers and core infrastructure.

Our core property holdings include speciality real estate investment trusts (REITs), which were significantly impacted by the aggressive rate hikes expedited by central banks from 2022 onwards to combat rising inflation. However, REITs began a turnaround in July, when they made the strongest contribution to the positive performance of the Fund. In September, REITs that contributed the most to performance included Tritax Big Box, Supermarket Income, LXI and Tritax EuroBox. Assura and Primary Health Properties did weigh slightly, however.

Other positive performers included property debt within cyclical real assets, mainly through Real Estate Credit Investments, and gold and infrastructure bonds within our diversifier holdings, although inflation-linked bonds did weigh here.

Core infrastructure, especially social infrastructure, detracted the most from performance of the Fund in September, with Cordiant Digital Infrastructure, GCP Infrastructure Investment and HICL Infrastructure the poorest performers of any holdings within the Fund.

All the holdings in renewable infrastructure were negative, especially VH Global Sustainable Energy Opportunities, and Pantheon Infrastructure in global infrastructure equity was slightly negative. Within cyclical real assets, poor performers included American Tower and RWE AG.

Outlook

After a challenging backdrop for real assets over the last 12 months, we remain confident about its long-term return prospects as well its role as a diversifier versus traditional equities and bonds.

This is due not least to the consistently strong fundamental performance of most of our holdings despite the volatility in share prices. This volatility for the most part reflects a higher interest rate environment that may be close to peaking, as evidenced by inflation levelling off or even falling. This makes us confident that most of the pain may be behind us in terms of interest rates.

The current double-digit discounts to net asset value on offer have presented us with an opportunity to maintain conviction or even top up our exposure to social infrastructure, renewables and specialist REIT sectors because we believe they present an attractive investment opportunity over the medium and long terms.

Equally, investors should not disregard the increasing risks of a recession and the defensive, government-backed and contractual cashflows from real assets that have demonstrated outperformance in past recessions relative to other risk assets such as equities or high-risk credit.

This is even more pertinent as some parts of the equity universe are trading at historically expensive valuations and are pricing in very optimistic scenarios. For most clients, owning some defensive real assets alongside their traditional equities and bonds can provide a good source of diversification, especially in an economic and earnings slowdown scenario.

1 Source: Financial Express, as at 30 September 2023

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