By Research Team, Dec 2, 2020
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The Cytonn Money Market Fund is a low-risk fund that seeks to obtain a high level of current income while protecting investor’s capital and liquidity.
The portfolio objective will be to outperform the income yield available on money market call accounts and fixed deposit accounts by investing in interest-bearing securities and other short-term money market instruments. These securities are usually available to the wholesale or institutional clients. The Fund will also be managed conservatively with active management of duration, credit and liquidity risks.
The Cytonn Money Market Fund successfully delivered above-market returns in November 2020, averaging 10.5% p.a. The Fund outperformed the industry average and its benchmark of 91-day T-Bill+1% points at 7.7%.
According to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), the Kenyan economy recorded a 5.7% contraction in Q2’2020 down from a growth of 5.3% recorded in a similar period of review in 2019. This was the first contraction since the Q3’2001 when the country recorded a 2.5% contraction. The overall performance was cushioned by growths in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing activities which grew by 6.4%; Financial and Insurance activities, 1.7%; Construction, 3.9%; Real Estate Activities, 2.2% and Mining and Quarrying activities, 10.0%. Accommodation & tourism and the Education sectors were the hardest hit, declining by 83.3% and 56.2% respectively. During the month, there was a continued downward readjustment on the yield curve, which saw the FTSE NSE Kenya Government Bond Index gain by 0.1%, taking the YTD performance to a 2.9% gain. The downward readjustment is mainly attributable to increased demand, due to the bias by banks towards government securities as opposed to lending due to increased credit risk. Yields on shorter dated papers however were on the rise with the 91-day, 182-day and 364-day papers gaining by 7.7 bps, 15.5 bps, and 21.8 bps, respectively. During the month, the Kenyan shilling remained under pressure against the US dollar, losing by 1.1%, to close the month at Kshs 110.1 from Kshs 108.8 in October, mainly attributable to the persistent dollar demand from general importers as they meet their end of month obligations, as well as low inflows from sectors like horticulture and tourism. Going forward, Cytonn Asset Managers Limited (CAML) expects the Cytonn Money Market Fund (CMMF) to continue to deliver above-average returns leveraging on optimal asset allocation in line with the Fund’s Investment Policy Statement.
As of 30th November 2020, cash, bank deposits and government securities constituted 79.4% of the portfolio
Disclaimer: Past performance is not a guarantee of future performance and the value of the fund will fluctuate from time to time.