Peter Arender, Chief Investment Officer, Fortress Advisory & Investment Services; Roger Cave, Investment Director at Fortress; John Williams, CEO of Cave Shepherd & Co. Ltd; Chris Callender, Portfolio Manager, Fortress Fund Managers; and Rene Delmas, Pension Director, Fortress Fund Managers on the panel at the 8th Annual Fortress Investment Forum at the Frank Collymore Hall.
Fortress Fund Managers have advised Barbadians to be selective and continue to pursue attractively valued investments in the current economic climate.
This advice was given recently at the 8th Annual Fortress Investment Forum at the Frank Collymore Hall, which focused on regional and global investment updates, as well as the performance and outlook for Fortress’ range of funds.
Investment Director at Fortress, Roger Cave, summarised the investment climate, noting, “The last quarter of 2017 was another strong one for the Fortress Funds and capped a year of solid performance. Our equity investments performed especially well as the bull market continued in Jamaica, and most global markets responded to improving economic growth and rising corporate profiles. International and emerging markets had a great year and continue to offer up many well-valued stocks priced for meaningful future returns. We remained well positioned in these areas.
"What will 2018 bring? We believe that return prospects are still good, but a repeat of 2017’s gains is unlikely. It is also important to remember that the higher prices go, and the better the news gets, the greater the risk of a short-term market correction.”
Chief Investment Officer, Fortress Advisory & Investment Services, Peter Arender in his update on the performance of the Fortress funds, reported, “Last year was a strong one in terms of equities. However, so far 2018 has been flat. January was strong while February was volatile. This type of variance is not unusual and is the reasons why the most reliable returns are made over the medium to long term. Of interest is the fact that emerging markets were strong in 2017 and are leading again in 2018 with the Fortress Emerging Market Fund being up six percent year to date. We believe they are still the best value among all global investments.”
Closer to home , Arender said that the Fortress Caribbean Growth Fund gained 3.1 per cent during the fourth quarter of 2017 and was up 14.0 per cent in 2017.