The Kieger Healthcare team attended the 38th annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco from January 13th to January 16th 2020.
Our overall conclusion from the conference is that the industry remains in good shape. Company presentations and management conversations across all subsectors were encouraging with innovation being key. While politics are impacting stock prices and we expect a continuation of the high volatility environment, impactful US policy changes seem unlikely ahead of the Presidential elections.
The MSCI World Healthcare NR Index gained 3.0% in June, while the MSCI World NR Index rose 1.5%. The decline in 10-year yields provided a booster shot to growth stocks, relative to their value peers. It is likely that the next months will continue to be dominated by debates on Fed and interest rates topics, and related growth/value factor pivots. More clarity on tapering can be expected after the summer break and the Jackson Hole summit.
Kieger AG is a main sponsor of the ”Swiss Sustainable Investment Market Study 2021”. This sponsored page by our Kieger Healthcare Portfolio Managers Urban Fritsche and Dr. Maria Specogna discusses: “Covid-19: a trigger for impact investors in global healthcare”.
In May, Healthcare gained 2.1%, while Global Equities rose 1.6%. The shift into value at the expense of growth and momentum continued over the past weeks, with Energy, Financials and Materials posting the top performances. IT returns, given the sector’s growth characteristics, were again subdued.