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30 June 22 % 30 June 21 %

Share fee overall go back over one year1

5.6

19.5

NAV overall go back in step with proportion over one year1

5.9

15.3

Premium/(cut price) of proportion fee to NAV

1.7

2.0

Dividends in step with proportion over one year2

3.05p

1.90p

Annualised dividend yield3

1.0

0.7

Annualised NAV overall go back in step with proportion since release1

7.7

7.9

Ongoing fees ratio4

1.07

1.08

Financial highlights

30 June 22

30 June 21

Share fee

300.00p

287.00p

NAV

£952,784,773

£575,913,008

Market capitalisation

£969,008,292

£587,541,854

Number of stocks in factor

323,002,764

204,718,416

NAV in step with proportion5

294.98p

281.32p

  1. Assumes reinvestment of dividends
  2. Dividends paid all through the duration
  3. Dividends paid all through the yr divided via last proportion fee
  4. Calculated based on AIC steering
  5. NAV in step with proportion as launched at the London Stock Exchange

Source: RAIFM Ltd, FTSE International (FTSE). Data to June 2022. All figures come with reinvested source of revenue. Ruffer efficiency is proven after deduction of all charges and control fees. Performance knowledge is integrated within the appendix.

Investment Manager’s file – Performance overview

For the yr to 30 June 2022 the corporate had a proportion fee overall go back of five.6% and the NAV overall go back of five.9%. The Company has accomplished its goal of maintaining and rising shareholder capital.

The annualised NAV overall go back since inception of the Company in 2004 is 7.7%, which is forward of UK equities with a far decrease degree of volatility and drawdowns.

The duration has been strangely difficult for traders. The beneath displays the returns an investor would have earned every quarter if they’d had very best foresight and may just make a choice prematurely to be in the finest asset magnificence. The exceptional factor about Q1 2022 is that the best-case situation used to be a lack of 4.5% introduced via US top yield bonds. History displays how uncommon it’s that there used to be nowhere to cover. However, this wasn’t an anomaly – the second one quarter used to be worse. The 60/40 portfolio is down 16% thus far in 2022, a transparent indicator that balanced, multi-asset portfolios are suffering.

BEST QUARTERLY TOTAL RETURN ACROSS ASSET CLASSES

chart: BEST QUARTERLY TOTAL RETURN ACROSS ASSET CLASSES

Source: Bianco Research, FactSet, Reuters Datastream

Given all that has came about yr to this point, now we have offered contributions for the whole yr to 30 June 2022 and in addition for the primary six months of 2022.

Performance contributions for 6 months to 30 June 2022

With nowhere to cover in standard belongings, it isn’t a surprise that it used to be the portfolio’s unconventional protecting belongings that drove efficiency within the first six months of the yr. Option coverage by way of the Ruffer Protection Strategies Fund added 4.4%, pushed most commonly via rate of interest choices and fairness places. Credit coverage endured to be an very important hedge contributing 3.6% by way of the Ruffer Illiquid Multi-Strategies Fund.

Within equities, power shares had been the most powerful participants, including 2.0% to efficiency.

Individual inventory efficiency of notice got here from price cyclicals – for example Chesapeake Energy (+31%) and Mitsubishi UFJ Finance (+19%). The choice to rotate into defence and healthcare shares used to be additionally rewarded as Northrop Grumman (+29%) and Bristol Myers Squibb (+27%) carried out smartly.

Towards the top of the duration, as fears of recession grew, publicity to the automobile production sector used to be hit arduous with Volkswagen (-25%) and General Motors (-45%) in combination costing the portfolio -0.5%. In the United Kingdom, publicity to home price shares by way of Ruffer UK Mid & Smaller Companies Fund (-14%) used to be harm via the political omnishambles, inflation and recession possibility, detracting -0.4% from the portfolio. Both circumstances equipped a stark reminder that reasonable shares can get less expensive within the quick time period.

The carnage within the long-dated inflation-linked bond marketplace must now not be understated. These belongings price the portfolio -6.0%. The 2073 index-linked bond used to be down up to 54% from its November 2021 all-time top – additional statement beneath.

bar chart: comparison

Performance contributions for one year to 30 June 2022

The drivers of efficiency over one year had been very similar to the ones shaping the primary part of 2022.

The toolkit of unconventional protections carried out precisely as desired. Options added 3.7% and Ruffer Illiquid Multi-Strategies Fund added 3.3%. These protections equipped each unfavourable correlation and length at a time of marketplace pressure and top cross-asset correlation in standard markets.

Energy equities added 2.8% to efficiency and we took vital income all through the duration. In the summer season of 2021, we had a 7% allocation to those shares on the finish of the duration this used to be nearer to 4%.

Gold publicity and gold equities price the portfolio 0.9% all through the duration. The greatest person ache got here from Kinross Gold (-0.4%), which used to be the biggest publicity within the portfolio to Russian asset possibility. Gold is a chief instance of the failure of standard secure havens lately. Despite inflation and conflict being entrance web page information, gold has misfired. We nonetheless assume it has a precious position to play, however this larger correlation with possibility belongings is a outcome of gold’s larger financialisation.

In the duration, inflation-linked bonds price the portfolio 3.5%, with the longest dated 2073 factor down 51%. We have lengthy referred to as those belongings the ‘crown jewels’ in our portfolio because of our conviction that they must give you the very best coverage on this planet of monetary repression we’re coming into. We are nonetheless of this view. But the sensitivity to emerging charges now we have warned about, has now been felt. This illustrates a difference now we have been labouring; making an investment for inflation and making an investment for inflation volatility aren’t the similar factor and conflating the 2 might be expensive.

Mr. Market will make us move slowly thru fireplace for the reward of redemption, and spinoff coverage by way of the radical toolkit stays very important to soundly navigating uneven and perilous markets. Inflation-linked bonds are actually again to pre-Brexit costs – and but in our review the possibility and proximity of the inflationary denouement is far larger.

Portfolio adjustments

In the previous couple of months of the duration, we lowered the chance within the portfolio, shifting into what we name ‘crouch mode’ for what we consider might be a specifically unhealthy duration in the second one part of this yr. This de-risking integrated

  1. Reducing equities to a 25% weighting with hedges on most sensible for excellent measure – that is the bottom weighting for Ruffer portfolios since 2003.
  2. Increasing portfolio length as the upward push in bond yields has larger its doable effectiveness as a hedge
  3. Rotating gold publicity from equities to bullion.

Investment outlook

Summary

  1. The long run – an generation of inflation volatility
  2. The quick time period – the not possible tightrope stroll
  3. The endure is mid-grizzle
  4. Hard hats on

There’s an previous Charlie Munger quote: ‘If you’re now not a little bit at a loss for words about what’s occurring, you don’t realize it’.

That sums up the fog of conflict, literal and metaphorical, we discover the worldwide economic system immersed in. We have by no means had upper conviction on the longer term – that we have got moved into a brand new regime of inflation volatility and the ones standard portfolios aren’t going to fare smartly. In the quick time period, the outlook is some distance murkier and path-dependent as policymakers attempt to navigate a slender course with out both tipping the economic system right into a wage-price spiral or over the opposite aspect into recession. In the interim, liquidity continues to empty from the gadget.

The long run – an generation of inflation volatility

So what does the brand new regime appear to be? We assume we go back to spasmodic bouts of inflation volatility like we noticed after the World War 2 duration or certainly once more within the Nineteen Seventies. This long-term chart of UK and US inflation makes it transparent that the ultimate 30-40 years has been one thing of an aberration.

We be expecting a longer duration of increasing monetary repression – the place rates of interest are beneath the velocity of inflation, forcing unfavourable actual returns upon savers. ‘Stealing cash from previous other people, slowly’ as Russell Napier has memorably described it. We consider we’re evolving right into a staccato, stop-start global of upper inflation and quicker financial expansion. This might be pushed via centered govt stimulus to take on the massive societal problems with the day; inequality, local weather exchange and now the containment of the geopolitical aspirations of China and Russia.

long-term chart of UK and US inflation

Source: Bank of England, ASR Ltd/ Refinitiv, knowledge to June 2022

‘Ketchup inflation’

With those traits will come a lot larger financial and marketplace volatility – the good moderation of inflation, expansion and geopolitics loved during the last 40 years is over. Having spent a decade making an attempt in useless to create inflation, like an impatient kid slapping on a ketchup bottle, central bankers have now were given an excessive amount of, all of sudden, in an out of control splat. Inflation used to be desired as a palliative remedy for the gadget, the least painful manner of debt default and wealth redistribution from previous to younger and wealthy to deficient – however this ketchup inflation is simply too sizzling to take care of.

The political crucial is that one thing will have to be carried out.

The quick time period – the not possible tightrope stroll

Given that some inflation is fascinating however an excessive amount of is political suicide, most likely the essential query is: how arduous will central bankers combat inflation?

Monetary tightening is a little bit like occurring a vitamin; simple to discuss and make detailed plans for, however tough in relation to the truth of the arduous possible choices and abstinence.

From the present start line of inflation at 40-year highs in each Europe and the United States and a surging, fizzing jobs marketplace – there aren’t any excellent possible choices. Central bankers resemble quivering funambulists going through an not possible tightrope stroll as they are trying to fulfill their targets – complete employment along low and strong inflation. Complicating issues additional they have got politicians respiring down their necks as inflation has spurred a value of residing disaster which now dominates the headlines.

On one aspect, tighten stipulations an excessive amount of and unemployment will surge, almost certainly tipping the economic system into recession and crushing asset markets. On the opposite aspect, don’t tighten sufficient and possibility inflation getting embedded into wages, starting the feared wage-price spiral of earlier inflationary episodes.

To make an not possible scenario worse the tightrope walker seems a little bit short-sighted. This chart displays the Bank of England’s inflation forecasts after which the real outturn (steady inexperienced line) during the last yr or so. In May 2021 the Bank of England concept inflation in summer season 2022 can be round 2.5%. The exact end result? 9.2%.

BANK OF ENGLAND MPC’S MODAL (BASELINE) CPI INFLATION FORECAST

BANK OF ENGLAND MPC’S MODAL (BASELINE) CPI INFLATION FORECAST

Source: Bank of England, modal projections in line with marketplace pricing for Bank Rate over the forecast horizon

So, we will have to conclude that no one has a clue – specifically now not instructional economists. Despite their fresh errors they continue to be extremely assured that inflation will drop again to round 2% via 2024 and keep there.

By June 2022, central bankers started the sluggish technique of charge rises in the United Kingdom and US. Indeed the Federal Reserve (FED) is enticing within the multi-variate experiment of simultaneous charge hikes and quantitative tightening.

We are actually beginning to see what occurs when greater than a decade of simple cash is got rid of from the gadget. As ex-Federal Reserve Governor Jeremy Stein mentioned, ‘the item about financial coverage is that it will get in the entire cracks’. There is not any hiding from the truth of upper rates of interest. Every tightening cycle right through historical past has ended with a recession, a marketplace disaster or each. ‘The Fed hikes till one thing breaks’ because the previous adage is going.

chart: historical US 10 year yield

Source: FactSet

The punchbowl is being taken away. Quantitative easing is melting away and quantitative tightening is starting. Combined with rapid-fire charge hikes, it’s a recipe for monetary marketplace sobriety.

It IS other this time

The coverage response serve as has modified. For the decade or so, problem possibility used to be restricted as a result of traders knew that when fairness markets declined 20% the Fed put would kick in and there can be coverage easing. Today, given the wish to hose down call for to tame inflation, the marketplace upside is capped; upward thrust an excessive amount of and it is going to be met with extra hikes and tighter monetary stipulations. The Fed desires upper possibility premiums, and that implies a decrease marketplace.

If it had been to come back, every other Fed U-turn, very similar to 2018’s Powell Pivot or ultimate November’s leaving behind the phrase “transitory”, can be affirmation central bankers have misplaced keep watch over and America has entered an generation of structurally top inflation.

The Bezzle

The economist John Kenneth Galbraith coined the speculation of ‘The Bezzle’, a type of psychic wealth that may be created via mistake or self-delusion. The idea is going that if a collector has a Picasso portray (or must it’s an NFT at the moment?) value $10 million and anyone steals it, there’s a time period, probably years, the place each the collector and the thief consider they have got a

$10 million asset and act accordingly. The efficient wealth of their micro economic system is $20 million. Half of the wealth that exists on this second is illusory and might be destroyed best when the collector identifies the crime. Today’s bezzle is the trillions of greenbacks of belongings held in crypto, profitless generation and project capital finances globally. Although those sectors have felt vital ache already, we consider there may be probably a lot more to come back as opacity, illiquidity and reticence round asset pricing lets in the bezzle to be published slowly slightly than with a bang.

The endure is best mid grizzle

How does an asset fall 95% in price? First it falls via 90% after which it halves!

Investors underneath the age of 60 had been conditioned to shop for the dip. Central financial institution easing has at all times been simply across the nook and the marketplace recoveries are swift and steep. A glance additional again in historical past displays that the trend many endure markets take is a steep drop, adopted via a extra extended, grind decrease over various years. In those eventualities, purchasing the primary downward lurch leaves your capital nearly as impaired as purchasing on the most sensible. Let me give an explanation for why now we have top conviction that the endure marketplace isn’t over, and shares aren’t (but) a purchasing alternative.

The Fed is tightening into an financial slowdown.

Valuations have come all the way down to one thing extra cheap however are in line with profits estimates that stay too constructive, nonetheless forecasting expansion when flat can be a excellent end result.

Valuations have fallen as a result of bond yields have risen, now not since the fairness possibility top class has widened.

Earnings replicate document top margins at a time of emerging debt carrier, labour and effort prices and provide chain disruptions.

Consumer and CEO self assurance is at multi yr lows, suggesting call for relief and recession.

So some distance now we have noticed restricted indicators of capitulation. In truth, flows have remained strongly sure into equities right through the sell-off. As the chart displays, ARK Innovation ETF has suffered no web redemptions in spite of declining 71% in fee because the height. The ‘purchase the dip’ mentality is alive and smartly.

ARK INNOVATION ETF SHARE PRICE AND NUMBER OF SHARES OUTSTANDING

ARK INNOVATION ETF SHARE PRICE AND NUMBER OF SHARES OUTSTANDING

Source: Bloomberg, knowledge to 30 June 2022

But the previous regulations not observe. Now that the price of residing disaster is entrance web page information, the political crucial is to carry down inflation, to not strengthen asset costs as in earlier marketplace sell-offs. Rather, we’re in a unfavourable feedback-loop, the place any endure marketplace rally sows the seeds of its personal loss of life via loosening monetary stipulations, which in flip forces Central Banks to counteract.

Lastly, liquidity is the driving force of marketplace costs on the margin and that is prone to evaporate in coming months –as quantitative tightening takes cling, whilst emerging quick time period charges creates a valid choice to dangerous belongings. The plumbing of the monetary gadget exacerbates this liquidity squeeze via guidance money from banks to cash marketplace finances, that have much less of a cash multiplier impact within the economic system. Banks, although now not in peril, wish to shed deposits and aren’t prepared to extend their steadiness sheets, whilst cash marketplace finances replicate charge rises temporarily and can draw in flows.

Hard hats on!

In an episode of strangely and consistently top inflation, no allocation to possibility escapes repricing. Investors within the Company delegate to Ruffer the duty of assessing the commercial and marketplace panorama, comparing the chance set after which deciding about how a lot possibility to take.

We don’t assume this can be a excellent atmosphere to be risking our shareholders’ capital.

Rather, we see the approaching months as a duration to live to tell the tale, given the level of the uncertainty across the Ukraine conflict, central financial institution coverage, inflation, company profits and the results of emerging rates of interest.

This is all taking place because the tide of simple cash recedes, and we strongly suspect that some other people might be discovered to had been swimming bare.

In this atmosphere, an allocation to money is an underrated choice – it supplies the understanding of a gradual erosion via inflation, however it additionally provides you with the choice price of having the ability to transfer temporarily. This is obviously mirrored in our portfolio development.

As our CIO Henry Maxey wrote within the Ruffer Review on the flip of the yr: ‘Winter is coming for liquidity, it’s coming for narcissism, it’s coming for crypto, it’s coming for retail punting, and it’s unquestionably coming for companies which rely on any of this stuff’.

There are instances for a get wealthy portfolio and instances for a keep wealthy portfolio. We consider that is the latter. There might be higher moments and higher costs someday.

In The Science of Hitting via mythical baseball slugger Ted Williams, the important thing statement used to be that you just don’t need to swing your bat at each pitch, best on the ones which glance sufficiently horny. That perception applies in spades to making an investment in dangerous belongings at this juncture. We would slightly lose part of our purchasers, than part of our consumer’s cash.


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