Monday December 8th, 2014
The Fund seeks to provide shareholders with long-term capital appreciation by investing in a portfolio of real estate focused equities listed in North America. The Fund may reduce the risk of rising interest rates associated with real estate equity securities by tactically hedging the duration of the portfolio.
The Fund was negative in November. The best performing sectors were hotel and resort REITS, specialized, retail and residential REIT’s, while the worst performing were specialized REITS, industrial REITS and diversified REITS.
The best performing stocks in the portfolio were Hospitality Properties, Penn Real estate and Can Apartment Prop Real estate. The worst performers were Rayonier, Dream Office Real Estate and Northern Property Real estate.
The Fund hedges its USD currency exposure, maintaining a net USD exposure of approximately 10% of the Fund’s NAV.
Stocks moved higher this month. In the U.S., generally strong data continued to support a positive economic outlook for 2015, and widen the economic gap between the U.S. and other developed countries. Conversely, Japan and Europe saw weakening economic data which prompted the BOJ and ECB towards even more aggressive stimulus measures in order to fend off deflationary pressures. In addition, the Bank of China unexpectedly cut rates to improve liquidity sending global stocks higher. Commodities were under pressure all month highlighted by an 18% plunge in crude prices. The end of month OPEC meeting was pointed to as a potential catalyst for stemming the fall in prices; however OPEC kept its production ceiling unchanged escalating its price war with other oil producing nations. The U.S. dollar pushed higher this month in particular against the Japanese Yen and currencies from commodity exporting nations. The loonie sold off in tandem with oil prices as USD/CAD closed at the year highs above 1.1400.