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The Southern Charter BCI Growth Fund of Funds is an aggressively managed fund of funds. The primary investment objective of the portfolio is to provide the investor with a relatively high long term total return. The Fund aims to provide investors with capital growth of 7% above inflation over the longer term by investing in a combination of asset classes including local and international equities, fixed interest, property and cash. As the Fund has a high allocation growth assets, it is ideal for investors with a long investment horizon, who seek capital growth and who are at least 10 years from 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 when they occur. The allocation to equities will be max 75%, with a neutral weighting of 65%.
Performance (net of all fees)
|Fund||Return||1 Year||3 Years||5 Years||8 Years|
|SC Growth FoF's||Cumulative||2.8%||19.2%||70.8%||129.8%|
|CPI + 7%||Cumulative||14.0%||44.8%||84.9%||206.2%|
|SC Growth FoF's||Annualised||2.8%||6.0%||11.3%||9.7%|
|CPI + 7%||Annualised||14.0%||13.1%||13.1%||13.2%|
The ALSI retreated 3.1% (-0.6% in USD) in February and underperformed emerging market peers (+3.1% in USD). The National Budget garners a lot of attention from investors as the budget deficit is mainly funded by the local bond market, which tabled a budget that hiked the top marginal income tax rate and increased the dividend withholding tax rate from 15% to 20%.
The Nedgroup Mining and Resources fund was down 7.5% during the month as the market was hit by a sharp correction in resources, especially mining shares, on concerns that the US infrastructure spending program may be delayed as well as a slowdown in the Chinese property market. It is expected that infrastructure spending (railway, roads etc.) in China will fill the gap left by the slowdown in Chinese property in 2017.
In the bond market, the ALBI returned 0.7% the month. The intra-month trading range for the yield of the benchmark R186 SA government bond turned out to be fairly wide at 8.57% to 8.85%, as factors such as the probability of a March Fed rate hike and a cabinet reshuffle in the SA government contributed to the volatility. SA Listed property returned -0.4%, as the rand appreciated 2.5% vs the US dollar and the index has more than 30% foreign earnings.
Asset Allocation - Values displayed in percentage (%)
|Int Fixed Income||5.0%||0.2%|
Asset Class Performance - Values displayed in percentage (%)