The Chawton Global Equity Income Fund (the Fund) has performed well since its inception almost four years ago. The GBP B Class Acc. is cumulatively up 37.7% measured to the end of March 2023. This has risen to 40.4% by the end of April which puts the fund in the first quartile of the IA Global Equity Income sector.
The fund increased in value by 3% over the quarter, outperforming the benchmark and comparator funds. Although this quarter has been more stable, global equity markets have fallen sharply since the start of the year. For global sterling-denominated funds such as ours, the weakness of our base currency has reduced the extent of the decline, but we were still down 12.7% YTD at the quarter end.
Should we fear inflation? Let’s look at some history.
In 2013, Jeff Bezos, in a personal capacity, acquired the Washington Post newspaper from the Washington Post Company for $250 million. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway was a large shareholder in the Washington Post Company for many years prior to the sale and he was, for a time, also on their board of directors and a confidante of a former and influential CEO, Katherine Graham.