The IVA Worldwide Fund Class A (NAV) (“the Fund”) ended the quarter on December 31, 2015 with a return of 1.00% versus the MSCI All Country World Index (“Index”) return of 5.03% bringing YTD performance to -2.47% versus the Index return of -2.36% for the same period.
Despite bouts of volatility, global equity markets showed resilience in the fourth quarter, recovering from the very difficult previous two months. Concerns over China’s growth, which triggered the third quarter’s sell-off, were somewhat alleviated and there was a positive reaction to further monetary stimulus by China’s Central Bank at the end of October. The European Central Bank also continued to loosen monetary policy at the beginning of December, although the stimulus measures fell short of market expectations. Diverging from other global central banks, the U.S. Federal Reserve raised the benchmark interest rate by 0.25 percentage points in December. This move was largely anticipated and was well received. The price of Brent crude oil continued to drop over the quarter, hitting lows not seen in over a decade, and the broader commodities market also remained weak. Cracks in high yield deepened, as spreads widened across the market. We believe that the distress seen in this market is indicative of broader global economic problems that are not being fully incorporated by equity markets. While we are concerned by this deviation, we are also intrigued by the opportunities this environment is beginning to present in the high yield space. Continue Reading »