Income strategies can offer greater levels of capital protection in periods of market stress. With inflation likely to persist for longer, a global equity income strategy can offer clients the potential of more resilient capital and income growth.

Dividends have always been an important part of equity total returns. Paid out of cashflows, they are less volatile than earnings and can offer greater levels of capital protection in periods of market stress. Re-invested over time in a well-balanced, high-conviction portfolio, dividends can deliver a powerful compounding total return for investors and act as a hedge against inflation. 

While economic growth has held up better than expected in recent quarters, inflation remains elevated and the central bank interest-rate tightening cycle continues. Given this context, we believe an allocation to a global equity income strategy can provide clients with a more resilient capital and income profile, serving as a key holding within a diversified portfolio.

A strategy seeking the best opportunities for income growth, focusing on downside protection, predictable cashflows and durable dividends – in traditional and non-traditional income sectors – offers the potential of capital protection in falling markets and attractive income and capital growth over the long term.

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  • How dividends can provide diversification and act as an inflation hedge
  • The importance of a differentiated approach to sourcing income

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Key risks

Investment risk and currency risk

The value of an investment and any income from it can go down as well as up and can fluctuate in response to changes in currency and exchange rates. Investors may not get back the original amount invested.

Emerging markets risk

Compared to developed markets, emerging markets can have greater political instability and limited investor rights and freedoms, and their securities can carry higher equity, market, liquidity, credit and currency risk.

Equities risk

Equities can lose value rapidly, can remain at low prices indefinately, and generally involve higher risks - especially market risk - than bond or money market instruments. Bankruptcy or other financial restructuring can cause the issuer's equities to lose most or all of their value.

Hedging risk

Any measures taken to offset specific risks will generate costs (which reduce performance), could work imperfectly or not at all, and if they do work will reduce opportunities for gain. 

Illiquid securities risk

Certain assets held in the Strategy could, by nature, be hard to value or to sell at a desired time or at a price considered to be fair (especially in large quantities), and as a result their prices could be very volatile.

Income risk

The investment objective of a Strategy is to generate income, at times this may limit opportunities for capital growth.

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