Neutralizing Macro Risks

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In his recent interview with Tobias, Adrian Saville, Chief Executive at Cannon Asset Management discussed Neutralizing Macro Risks. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

Adrian: Globally, when we’re building our global portfolio, what we try and remove, and this is very, very deliberate, is we try and remove macro risk. That macro, risk we measure at the level of currency, country, and industry. Whilst I’m boasting that we build a 30-stock fund that looks very, very different to the MSCI index, it actually holds weights that resemble the MSCI currency weight, industry weight, and geography weight. If you get the idea right, but the country wrong, you’re stranded. If you get the idea right and the currency wrong, you’re stranded. We try and sterilize or neutralize those big macro risks and then we will fill our 10% Japanese allocation or our 15% European allocation with core ideas, focused ideas, that will then give us a footprint that mimics the index. That means we tend to look very similar to global footprint at the industry, country, currency level, but the names that make up the portfolio, I think, really make for some interesting reading.

By way of example, we built real estate exposure in– owning a mega healthcare in the United States, which is a 7%, 8% dividend yield. It doesn’t run, but rather owns old age homes. A beautifully diversified portfolio, 70% exposure to the US, 30% of the UK and Europe. You’ll appreciate by nature of the business model, it has very, very high occupancy rates. It has a strong, stable, and effluent client base. Those are the types of ideas that we look to populate the portfolio, and in turn, it translates into very long holding periods. The average holding period in that global portfolio at the moment is about seven years, which I think also distinguishes us from many of the more obvious investment destinations and our boast here is that we really are investors with an average holding period of seven years, rather than seven months.

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