The NAV rate for February was 101.08, an increase of 0.48 (0.477%) for the month and a standard deviation of 0.91. The reason why we dip below 0.50 is a short month that makes about 3.5 points and some currency hedges that did not move in parallel over all maturities. A total of about 7 points in February. The latter return as they approach maturity.
We have inflows of about SEK 33 million, thank you for that.
New lending in February was insignificant, due to the fact that cash was limited in February. We have a robust pipeline so new money will come to work in March.
We continue our work with extra frequent follow-up of our companies with regard to the Corona situation.
Norway is tough in its shutdown of the economy and we follow our holdings there extra closely.
Inflation, that's the big question. For those of you who follow us, you have read that I have been warning about inflation since last summer. It can arise from the enormous support that comes partly from fiscal policy and partly from monetary policy. These supports are absolutely right, however, they can have consequences and one that is desirable in a controlled form is inflation. History teaches us that inflation, if it really comes down to it, is rarely controlled. This is what the market has now opened its eyes to and is worried about. The central banks are clear that regardless of whether there is inflation and it pushes above the target, the zero interest rate will remain. That reasoning can now be seen in the pricing of the 10-year bond in the US, the interest rate has in practice doubled in a few weeks. It is from low levels but still a doubling, it is a very big movement.
Do we need to be afraid that risky assets will take a lot of beating?
In the graph below, you can see the difference between the 10-year interest rate and the two-year interest rate in the US over the past 20 years.
The slope has been much larger than what we see today, so from that side we do not have to be very worried. However, I am sure that the difference will be greater in a year than it is today. The time of exceptionally low bond yields is behind us. A healthy inflation trend does not have to be bad for risky assets. What worries me is that many exchanges are at "all time high" or close and credit spreads are running at the bottom. Companies that a year ago could barely issue HY bonds can today do so at interest rates that they could only dream of a couple of years ago. This leads me to the continuation of 2021 may be volatile and we will see sharp throws in the future in many markets.
In comparison with funds that invest in listed high-yield bonds, we are subject to IFRS 9 and only make adjustments to the valuation when it is called for by credit events. This means that from a market risk perspective, the risk in SCF I is small, it is the credit risk you should focus on as an investor.
A paradox regarding inflation expectations is that the price of gold has not risen in this environment, is it possible that those who are afraid of inflation have invested in cryptocurrencies instead? Or is inflation a non-issue?
This graph shows the gold price over the past 2 years, instead of going up now, the price has fallen lately while the market has focused on inflation.
We emphasize that we are not stressed by non-lending funds, but continue to work based on our models for credit assessment, all to ensure a good diversification of the portfolio in relation to the credit risk we take.
If you need to sell your holdings, do so in the primary market where you get the best price.
At present, when the fund has delayed redemption and if you are in a hurry to sell, the secondary market can be an alternative. The official NAV price is published on the first banking day each month, what is shown during the month on NGM is not, I do not want to emphasize the official NAV price, as it may have been converted fund units in the secondary market to a different price than official NAV.