Performance Review

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Annualized Performance
as of 9/30/2019
3 MO:-2.14%
YTD :15.53%
1 YR:-2.57%
3 YRS:8.89%

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than that shown here.

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PNC International Growth Fund (class I) returned -2.14% in the third quarter versus a return of -0.85% for the benchmark MSCI ACWI ex USA Growth Index.  

In terms of country attribution, the Fund outperformed on a stock selection basis and underperformed on a country allocation basis. Positive selection effects came from stock selection in Argentina, Japan, and Australia. Negative selection effects came from stock selection in the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Austria. Positive country allocation effects came from overweights to Egypt, Vietnam, and Austira. Negative country allocation effects came from an overweight to Argentina and underweights to the Netherlands and Taiwan.   

In terms of sector attribution, the Fund underperformed on a sector allocation basis and on a stock selection basis. Positive sector allocation effects came from overweights to Information Technology and Healthcare, along with an underweight to Communication Services. Negative sector allocation effects came from an underweight to Consumer Staples, along with overweights to Financials and Real Estate. Positive selection effects came from stock selection in Industrials, Materials, and Real Estate. Negative selection effects came from stock selection in Financials, Information Technology, and Consumer Discretionary. 

During the third quarter, macroeconomic influences, including apparent slowing global growth, as well as shifting monetary policy from major central banks, continued to dominate financial markets. Global trade remains a concern, as there continues to be uncertainty around U.S.—China trade talks and the prospects for resolution. We expect global investors will start to focus on the U.S. presidential election in 2020 for any clues on future trade policy. Investors are also increasingly focused on the potential unraveling/restructuring of global supply chains due to various trade disputes and other economic concerns.

Central bank activity continued to trend toward easing, as the Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) cut its fed funds target interest rate range during the quarter and has indicated it sees room to cut further. In addition, many central banks globally have either started to cut rates or continue to cut rates, as compared with the second quarter.

The U.S. dollar strengthened during the quarter relative to the euro and British pound following a spate of weakness earlier in the year. The Japanese yen was largely flat during the quarter and is stronger on a year-to-date basis. Emerging market currencies were largely weaker versus the dollar and posted their worst quarterly performance in over a year, a sign that investors' appetite for risk is waning, in our view.

Turning to Asia, Japan sparked a new trade war with South Korea when it removed the country from its “white list” of countries that are considered to be trusted export destinations. Protests in Hong Kong reverberated through the region, adding to global risk concerns. India continued to deal with a shadow-banking crisis, while the government announced tax cuts to kick start growth. Exports have continued to suffer in the region, especially to trade-dependent countries in north Asia. Exports to China and in semiconductor products have seen the largest declines, particularly in South Korea.

Europe is the weak link in the global economy right now, with Germany being the weakest. Germany continues to struggle, as economic growth is being impacted by slowing emerging market economies, especially in China, weak automobile manufacturing, and continued trade uncertainties. We believe the country remains at risk given its export orientation and integration into global supply chains. The ongoing Brexit saga continues to weigh on the UK, Europe, and the world more broadly, even as a deal may be in the offing.

Given the continued weakness in Europe, the European Central Bank (ECB) cut interest rates and restarted quantitative easing less than a year after halting the previous quantitative easing program. There is disagreement behind the scenes, particularly from the Germans.

Turning to Latin America, Brazilian pension reform successfully made its way through voting in the lower house of the National Congress. Estimated savings have not (yet) been watered down as much as investors were expecting, which is positive. Mexico has thus far avoided any materially negative impact to its economy from immigration or tariff concerns. 

While market volatility increased as global central banks withdrew liquidity in previous quarters, those same central banks have become more accommodative over the last two quarters, which should support markets. Global investors remain concerned about high relative levels of developed and developing market indebtedness, geopolitical and trade considerations, populism, central bank policy, and the sustainability of global growth. We continue to closely monitor inflationary pressures, currency prices, and geopolitical and policy risks.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than that shown here. Select a Fund to view the most recent month-end performance information or go to each Fund's snapshot page to view most recent month-end performance as well as any waiver or expense reimbursement information.

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