MPS Equity Portfolio Renamed Portfolio 8

IBOSS Portfolio 8

Following an extensive review, we believe it is appropriate to change the benchmark and name of the Equity portfolio.

This document will cover the rationale as to why we felt these changes are necessary. It is important to note that there will be no changes to the portfolio’s structure, management, or risk and that this is purely a change in name and benchmark. If you have any further queries, please contact a team member who will be able to give you further assistance.

Previous New
Portfolio Name Portfolio Equity Portfolio 8
Benchmark IA Global IA Flexible Investments

Benchmark asset allocation

The chart below highlights the MPS Equity portfolio’s asset allocation against the proposed benchmark (IA Flexible) and the previous benchmark (IA Global).

The proposed benchmark alteration’s primary reason comes from the geographical asset allocation of the portfolio’s current benchmark. The IA Global benchmark has a circa 51.5% weighting in US equities. We are conscious that irrespective of our view on the asset, we would never allow any portfolio to have over half of its assets invested in a single geography.

The more diverse nature of the IBOSS Equity portfolio has meant that the product’s success or failure has had more to do with US equities’ performance, i.e., if US equities underperform, then the portfolio would perform well and vice versa. Our view is that such a binary outcome is unhelpful to clients and us when reviewing the portfolio’s relative success or failure. Over many years of attribution analysis, we have increased our belief in the benefits of diversification in all aspects of portfolio construction.

Regional asset allocation as at 31/03/2021 (fig.1)

The chart also demonstrates that the proposed portfolio has more regional similarities with the IA Flexible managed sector. There are, of course, differences, but the remit of the Equity portfolio allows us to flex the target asset allocation to be overweight or underweight these geographies – rather than contend with a permanent and unavoidable underweight, as with the previous benchmark.

Portfolio correlation

The portfolio has a high correlation with the Flexible managed sector over multiple years, further demonstrating suitability. The higher equity content will mean that the Equity (8) portfolio is likely to be more volatile than the IA Flexible sector.  It is worth noting that correlation, as captured by R squared, only measures the direction and not the magnitude of an investment’s relative movement.

Discrete Calendar Year Correlation 2009-2020 (fig.2)

Portfolio aim and name change

We initially launched the portfolio to provide a multi-asset offering with a higher equity content than MPS 6. With the recent introduction of MPS 7, we thought it was likewise appropriate to change the Equity portfolio’s name to MPS 8 to reflect the progressively increasing equity content across the full IBOSS range.

The chart (fig.3) demonstrates the high-level asset allocation of each MPS Core portfolio (data accurate at 01.02.2021)

Equity & Fixed Income allocation across MPS Core (01.02.2021) (fig.3)


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