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The Southern Charter BCI Defensive Fund of Funds is a cautious managed fund of funds. The primary investment objective of the portfolio is to provide the investor with a high level of income and stable capital growth. The Fund aims to provide investors with capital growth of 3% above inflation over a rolling two year period by investing in a combination of asset classes including local and international equities, fixed interest, property and cash. The Fund looks to provide capital stability and is ideal for investors with a shorter investment horizon, who seek capital growth and who are within 5 years of retirement. The fund is Regulation 28 compliant.
The Fund is actively managed with a value bias. By focusing on macro themes, the Fund looks to exploit valuation discrepancies in asset classes. The allocation to equities will range from 0% to 40%, depending on economic conditions with a neutral weighting of 20%. The allocation to assets other than equities, aims to reduce the risk of capital loss in the portfolio.
Performance (net of all fees)
|Fund||Return||1 Year||3 Years||5 Years||8 Years|
|SC Defensive FoF's||Cumulative||2.4%||20.9%||57.1%||112.3%|
|SC Defensive FoF's||Annualised||2.4%||6.5%||9.5%||9.9%|
The fund returned 0.85% for the month of January, outperforming the fund's benchmark (CPI + 3%) of 0.65%. The outperformance is attributable to the fund's allocation to equities, as our local and global managers had a positive month, even though the rand appreciated by 1.6% against the US dollar.
The reflation trade is well underway with the global industrial cycle turning upwards, filtering down to the corporate profit level, leading to an expected rise in earnings, which is positive for equities. As deflation fears were left behind in 2015, the early signs in the improvement of this corporate profit growth cycle is expected to continue throughout 2017 and extend into next year as well.
The All Share Index (ALSI) bounced back in January returning 4.31%, outperforming SA Listed Property (SAPY) and the All Bond Index (ALBI) which returned 1.63% and 1.36% respectively.
The fund's offshore exposure has been reduced and added to the bond position. Local bond yields are attractive and real returns should be underpinned by a favourable inflation trajectory. The outlook for local inflation has improved, primarily due to the deceleration in food inflation.