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   from the bottom of the market in 2020 (23 March) the trust has delivered NAV total returns of 41.2%.
This compares to returns of 33.4% from the MSCI ACWI and 34.2% from the AIC peer group average (Source: Morningstar).
Exemplifying the benefits of investing in a team with extensive knowledge and resources, WTW swiftly repositioned some
of the funds after the COVID-19 correction to control risk, and money was reallocated away from value-orientated portfolios to more growth-oriented funds, which they generally deemed to be exposed to companies less vulnerable to a prolonged economic contraction.
During these periods of market change, making fast decisions can be paramount to adapt to changing circumstances in the managers’ opinion, and this requires the time and resources that most retail investors do not possess.
Within the underlying portfolio stock turnover also increased, and during March and April about 20% of the underlying funds’ companies changed, as stocks deemed most vulnerable to
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Covid-19 were generally sold by the underlying managers and replaced with companies the managers deemed better placed to withstand the uncertain environment.
Looking forward to a brighter 2021 we at Kepler Trust Intelligence believe that, even if the virus is in retreat, the uncertainty surrounding global markets is likely to continue.
There is an argument in favour of a rapid return to economic growth as restrictions are lifted, but the weight of evidence suggests the damage wrought by COVID is likely to mean further disarray across economies which have been hit badly by lockdowns in 2020.
ATST offers the potential to adapt and rapidly adjust their portfolio to either scenario, and its current discount of more than 5% could be an interesting entry point.
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