Purpose International Tactical Hedged Equity Fund October Commentary

Fund Highlights

  • The Fund was positive this month as global markets rebounded higher in October retracing most of the losses seen in the August correction.
  • Quality and safety names did well this month globally and the Fund captured most of the market upside. However large hedged positions in most markets wiped out part of the gains. British and Japanese equities were the best performers this month whereas Australia and Asia Developed (ex-Japan) lagged the market.
  • The Canadian dollar had a balanced performance against the basket of non-hedged currencies and the Fund was flat on any gains/losses from currencies.

Market Commentary

Global markets rebounded higher in October retracing most of the losses seen in the August correction. The primary catalyst for the move higher in markets was the lowering of expectations for a Fed hike in 2015, as the FOMC remained on hold in October. Sentiment appeared to shift positive despite a global economic backdrop which continued to look weak. In the US, retail sales and ISM trended lower while payrolls disappointed to the downside. Canada saw a majority Liberal victory as well as slightly positive Q3 GDP, however the Bank of Canada remained neutral continuing to downplay the outlook for the economy. European and UK PMI’s were weak, while China reported a slowdown in import activity.

This month there was considerable short-covering across the commodity cyclical complex. Crude oil rallied higher while equities were led higher by energy and materials. Emerging market currencies which were overextended to the downside the previous month were able to recover significantly in October. The CAD dollar rallied 1.8% on the back of a majority Liberal victory and stronger oil prices.

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