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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 range from 60% to 75%, depending on economic conditions with neutral weighting of 70 %. The balance is allocated to the other asset classes.
Performance (net of all fees)
|Fund||Return||1 Year||3 Years||5 Years||9 Years|
|SC Growth FoF||Cumulative||13.5%||24.1%||66.5%||203.2%|
|CPI + 7%||Cumulative||12.2%||43.0%||83.0%||194.4%|
|SC Growth FoF||Annualised||13.5%||7.5%||10.7%||13.1%|
|CPI + 7%||Annualised||12.2%||12.7%||12.8%||12.8%|
Credit ratings agencies, S&P and Moody's, reviewed South Africa's credit rating once more in November. In general, a credit rating is used by sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and other investors to gauge the credit worthiness of a country, thus having a big impact on the country's borrowing costs. S&P pushed South Africa's local currency credit rating down one notch from investment grade to junk, whilst Moody's have put a negative outlook on their rating, one notch above junk. The immediate impact is that South Africa will be removed from the Barclays Government Bond Index, triggering an estimated R50bn of bond sales. South Africa remains part of the Citibank World Government Bond Index by virtue of the Moody's investment grade rating. Moody's has postponed its decision until February 2018, after the budget speech.
The rand appreciated 3.3% against the US dollar, recovering from oversold levels at an intra-month high of R14.57 and ending the month at R13.66, which weighed on rand-hedges and enhanced buying of SA Inc. shares largely led by financial stocks. Global Equities gained for the 13th consecutive month as corporate earnings affirmed synchronised global growth but emerging markets lagged as geopolitics and commodity price declines led to pockets of weakness in key markets. Year-to-date at end November, the All Share Index has returned +21.4%, SA Listed Property +12.4%, Cash +6.9% and the All Bond Index +4.3%.
Asset Allocation - Values displayed in percentage (%)
|Global Fixed Income||5.0%||1.2%|
Asset Class Performance - Values displayed in percentage (%)
|Global Fixed Income||4.8%||-2.2%|