85. Investing through a Mexican wave of global shutdowns

Public sector pay rises, a higher oil price and government asset purchases all point to future price inflation, according to Rob Burdett, co-manager of BMO MM Navigator Distribution. He explains why inflationary signs are positive for value funds, describes how the “Mexican wave of global shutdowns” made diversification “null and void”, and tells us how he took advantage of corporate bond fund yields jumping from 2% to 6% in March.
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BMO MM Navigator Distribution invests primarily in funds whose managers are experienced, have a proven ability, and are well-known to co-managers Rob Burdett and Gary Potter. However, this fundamental strategy is supplemented with emerging and new ideas or younger fund managers who are displaying abilities and an investment maturity beyond their years. As the managers say: “We like to be involved in a fund when it is building its track record rather than living off it!”

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What’s covered in this podcast:

  • How 25 years’ experience couldn’t prepare you for COVID-19 [0:33]
  • The long-term and short-term roadmaps for the world – and how to position a portfolio for both [3:10]
  • How corporate and high yield bonds could reap rewards with higher-than-inflation income payouts [5:04]
  • Why value funds look more compelling now we are seeing signs of inflation [7:04]
  • How the fund is position for a sharp economic recovery – but the managers are ready to reposition quickly if the outlook worsens [10:30]
  • Why UK dividend cuts may only be temporary [11:54]
The views of the author and any people interviewed are their own and do not constitute financial advice. However the knowledge that professional analysts have analysed a fund or trust in depth before assigning them a rating can be a valuable additional filter for anyone looking to make their own decisions. Before you make any investment decision make sure you’re comfortable and fully understand the risks. If you invest in fund or trust make sure you know what specific risks they’re exposed to. Past performance is not a reliable guide to future returns. Remember all investments can fall in value as well as rise, so you could make a loss.

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