Corporate Solutions market update

Given the market volatility and unprecedented circumstances, we positioned the portfolios more defensively over the month, reducing risk to longer-dated floating rate maturities while also building some extra liquidity in the portfolios.

Apr 21, 2020

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Given the market volatility and unprecedented circumstances, we positioned the portfolios more defensively over the month, reducing risk to longer-dated floating rate maturities while also building some extra liquidity in the portfolios.

After the SARB cut the Repo rate by a cumulative 2% over the month of March, 1 year fixed rate negotiable certificate of deposits (NCDs) have rallied 1.68% since the start of March and 2.10% since the start of the year. We were well-positioned for the rally, having locked into longer dated fixed rate instruments at higher levels. As such, the yield on the fund remains protected with an attractive premium to call rates opening up over the last month. The current pickup over call rates of the Ninety One STeFI Plus Fund is around 3.5% and between 2.5% to 2.7% for the Ninety One Corporate and Money Funds respectively. The funds remain attractive relative to call rates and comfortably outperforming short dated fixed deposits.

Given the market volatility and unprecedented circumstances, we positioned the portfolios more defensively over the month, reducing risk to longer-dated floating rate maturities while also building some extra liquidity in the portfolios. Given our constructive view on inflation and a 5% to 6% contraction in the economy in 2020, we see a high probability of further rate cuts from here. We will use some of this liquidity to look for attractive opportunities that have opened up in the market.

Annualised performance in ZAR to 31 March 2020

Annualised performance in ZAR to 31 March 2020 graph

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results, losses may be made.
Source: Morningstar, dates to 31 March 2020, performance figures above are based on lump sum investment, NAV based, inclusive of all annual management fees but excluding any initial charges, gross income reinvested, fees are not applicable to market indices, where funds have an international allocation this is subject to dividend withholding tax, in South African Rand.
Annualised performance is the average return per year over the period. Individual investor's performance may vary depending on actual investment dates. Highest and Lowest returns are those achieved during any rolling 12 months: Corporate Money Market: Mar-09 12.4% and Aug-13 5.4% │ STeFI Plus: Jun-01 13.8% and Aug-14 4.2% │ Money Market: Mar-20 8.5% and Sep-13 5.5%
The Fund is actively managed. Any index is shown for illustrative purposes only.

Authored by

Lisa Macleod

Portfolio Manager

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Collective investment schemes (CIS) are generally medium to long term investments and the manager gives no guarantee with respect to the capital or the return of the Fund. Funds are traded at ruling prices and can engage in borrowing and scrip lending. The fund may borrow up to 10% of its market value to bridge insufficient liquidity. A schedule of charges, fees and advisor fees is available on request from the Manager, Ninety One Fund Managers SA (RF) (Pty) Ltd which is registered under the CIS Control Act . Additional advisor fees may be paid and if so, are subject to the relevant FAIS disclosure requirements. Performance shown is that of the Fund and individual investor performance may differ as a result of initial fees, actual investment date, date of any subsequent reinvestment and any dividend withholding tax and past performance is not necessarily a guide to the future. Performance figures above are based on lump sum investments, using NAV to NAV figures gross of fees with gross income reinvested, in South African rands. Different classes of units apply to the fund. The money market funds are not the bank deposit accounts. The price of each unit of money market funds is aimed at a constant value. The total return to the investor is primarily made up of interest received and may also include any gain or loss made on any particular instrument. In most cases this will merely have the effect of increasing or decreasing the daily yield, but in an extreme case it can have the effect of reducing the capital value of the money market funds. This portfolio may be closed in order to be managed in accordance with the mandate. Fluctuations or movements in exchange rates may cause the value of underlying international investments to go up or down. Excessive withdrawals may place the portfolio under liquidity pressures and in such cases a process of ring-fencing may be applied with managed pay-outs over time. Additional information on the Fund may be obtained, free of charge, at www.ninetyone.com. Ninety One SA (Pty) Ltd (“Ninety One SA”) is a member of the Association for Savings and Investment SA (ASISA). The scheme trustee is FirstRand Bank Limited, PO Box 7713, Johannesburg, 2000, Tel: (011) 282 1808.

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