This sector has been the best performer among sectors that Saltydog classes as being relatively cautious, which has led to increased exposure to two funds.


After a strong finish to 2023, with nearly all the sectors that we monitor making gains in November and December, this year has got off to a more sluggish start.



In November, 33 of the 34 sectors went up, with only China/Greater China making a loss. In December, the UK Direct Property and the China/Greater China sectors both went down, but the remaining 32 sectors all went up. Last month, only 12 sectors made gains and one of them, Flexible Investment, only went up by 0.004%.



The two money market sectors in our “Safe Haven” group continue to make steady progress. In our demonstration portfolios, we still hold the Royal London Short Term Money Mkt, L&G Cash Trust, and abrdn Sterling Money Market funds.

In our “Slow Ahead”group, which contains funds from sectors that are slightly more volatile, only one sector, £ High Yield, went up in January, making 0.7%. It was also the best-performing sector in this group last year, with an annual return of 10.9%.

We currently hold two funds from the £ High Yield sector in our portfolios, Schroder High Yield Opportunities and Invesco High Yield UK. They have performed well for us and last week they were still appearing in our tables. Three weeks ago, our Ocean Liner portfolio added to its holding in the Invesco High Yield UK fund, and last week the Tugboat portfolio increased its holding in the Schroder High Yield Opportunities fund.




Overall, the best-performing sector last month was Technology & Technology Innovations, from our Full Steam Ahead Emerging group, with a one-month gain of 3.4%. When we looked last week, it was also the leading sector from any group over 12 and 26 weeks. We were already invested in the Pictet-Digital fund and last week we added to our holding.





When funds from the Technology & Technology Innovations sector are on a roll, it is not unusual to see certain funds from the Global and North American sectors doing well. They can all invest in the same large US technology stocks. We have held the UBS US Growth fund since last June and have now added to our investment. It is in the top decile for its group over four and 26 weeks, and although a few funds in the sector have done slightly better, it is still up there with the best-performing funds.




Past performance is not a guide to future performance.


Since the beginning of the year our most cautious portfolio, the Tugboat, has gone up by 1.2%. Our slightly more adventurous Ocean Liner has made 1.9%.



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