Our Phillip model bond portfolio was launched on 18 August 2020. It consisted of 10 wholesale corporate bonds diversified across industries and tenures. The bonds were also chosen based on their attractive valuations to bond peers in Singapore.
Outperformed since last update. As at 21 June 2021, our portfolio returned 4.72% since our last update on 26 October 2020 on a total return basis. Its return was 3.96% more than the 0.8% returned by its benchmark Thomson Reuters/iEdge Singapore Fixed Income Corporate Index for the period. Returns were also more stable than the benchmark’s (Figure 1).
Ceasing coverage. Since our portfolio’s outperformance, higher bond valuations, coupled with a change in the macro environment arising from rising interest rates and higher inflation, call for a shift in strategy to selective bond picks. We are shifting resources to focus on individual bond coverage. The portfolio may be reinstated in the future. Till then, investors should no longer depend on it for making investment decisions.