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U.K. investment firm Ruffer increases its gold exposure

April 13, 2022

LONDON (Apr 13)  Ruffer Investment Company trims equities and ups gold exposure to 10%. Ruffer delivered positive returns in each of the first three months of 2022 as both equities and bonds ended up in the negative territory. During March, the net asset value (NAV) was up 1.7%, after allowing for the dividend paid during the month, compared with a rise of 1.3% for the FTSE All-Share index. In February, Ruffer's NAV rose 2.6% against the FTSE All-Share index dropping 0.4%. In January, those figures were +0.8% and -0.3%, respectively.

Ruffer has been providing investment management services for institutions, pension funds, charities, financial planners, and private clients, in the UK and internationally since 1994. The firm boasts a 27-year track record, 9.0% net annualized returns.

In their latest investment update, managers Hamish Baillie and Duncan MacInnes pointed to global bonds enduring "their worst quarter ever despite the war, pestilence (Covid disruption in China) and growing fears of a recession".

The pair have long flagged the vulnerability of conventional bonds, they said, adding that long-dated inflation-linked bonds "remain a key holding for the world we are heading into".

"During March, long-dated inflation-linked bonds fell in value as yields rose faster than inflation expectations, but our interest rate options – which profit from rising yields – more than offset this fall in value. Active duration management via derivatives continues to be essential to the company's resilience in a rising yield environment."


China's gold reserves hold at 62.64 million ounces

They continued: "While fixed income volatility hasn't been this high since the great financial crisis, equity markets look increasingly complacent, with many recovering all losses since the start of the Ukraine War."

As a result, the duo "trimmed equity exposure to 36% reflecting greater uncertainty and profit-taking in some equity derivative protections".

Overall, "equities were a positive contributor for the month, with energy stocks once again leading the charge", they added.

They said gold exposure and mining equities "were the largest positive performance driver during the month". The firm trimmed equities exposure and upped its gold exposure to 10%.


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