Why JUNO is cautious on tech stocks

Tech stocks, a key part of JUNO’s investment portfolio, have taken a hit lately. Are we still invested in tech and is JUNO still a growth investor? Founder + CEO Mike Taylor explains.

It has been a tough couple of months for investors, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq index having one of its worst months since 2008 as global markets react to rising interest rates, inflation, and the war in Ukraine. 

Our tech weighting drove JUNO’s impressive performance, in particular the Growth Fund, to the end of 2021. Since then, our investment style has been hit harder than others as the bear market correction has mostly been in technology stocks, which are usually the growth part of the market.

We have now reduced our weighting in non-profitable tech. With the benefit of hindsight, we should have reduced tech at the end of last year but certain unpredictable events, like the war in the Ukraine, caused the market to sell off. 

Technology and innovation remain one of the most exciting opportunities for investors, however caution is warranted until signs appear that this tech rout is over. By temporarily reducing our exposure to tech, JUNO funds’ volatility should be lower than it was in the first three months of 2022. There will be a time to aggressively get back into tech, but we first want to see inflation start coming down and interest rates stabilise.

Our active management strategy means our investment team regularly reviews our investments, focusing on selecting high-quality, growth companies. We also look for a competitive advantage and a strong management team.

We remain growth investors. However, JUNO investors will see how we have pivoted in the last couple of months to have a greater breadth of growth companies across sectors we previously hadn’t focused on, such as healthcare (through UnitedHealth Group, for example). We have identified companies that are likely to perform well should the US go into recession. These companies have very defensive earnings and some have a long track record of solid performance. 

There are still many positive attributes to investing in tech companies, with lots of SaaS (software as a service/subscription) companies having predictable recurring revenue. The world needs tech and innovation so their time in the sun will come again. 

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