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Foord International Fund

For conservative, absolute-return investors

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INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE

The fund aims to achieve meaningful inflation-beating US$ returns over rolling five-year periods from a conservatively managed portfolio of global investments reflecting Foord's prevailing best investment view.

FOR INVESTORS

  • With a moderate risk profile
  • Seeking preservation of capital and safe investment growth.

REGISTERED COUNTRIES

Luxembourg, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

Performance

Returns
Year Fund Return % MSCI World Return % US Inflation %
1997 (from 10/Mar) 9.1 13.1 1.3
1998 13.9 24.3 1.6
1999 -11.7 24.9 2.7
2000 23.7 -13.2 3.4
2001 -4.0 -16.8 1.6
2002 3.2 -19.9 2.5
2003 21.1 33.1 2.0
2004 13.0 14.7 3.3
2005 5.8 9.5 3.3
2006 18.4 20.1 2.5
2007 12.7 9.0 4.1
2008 -18.4 -40.7 0.0
2009 18.8 30.0 2.8
2010 10.2 11.8 1.4
2011 -1.1 -5.5 3.0
2012 11.2 15.8 1.8
2013 15.1 26.7 1.5
2014 -1.9 4.9 0.7
2015 1.9 -0.9 0.7
2016 1.2 7.5 2.2
2017 15.5 22.4 2.0
2018 -9.6 -8.7 1.9
2019 17.0 27.7 2.3
2020 (to 30/Jun) -0.7 -5.8 -0.5

Characteristics
Objective

To achieve meaningful inflation-beating US dollar returns over a full investment cycle.

Time horizon

Longer than three years.

Inception date

2 April 2013

Initial investment amount

US$10,000 or equivalent

Subsequent subscription amount

US$1,000 or equivalent

Significant restrictions

Complies with UCITS regulation. In addition, the Fund cannot entered into total return swaps, securities lending transactions, repurchase transactions or reverse repurchase transactions or any other securities financing transactions. Only listed derivatives can be used for efficient portfolio management.

Income distributions

A roll-up fund with income being reinvested in the portfolio.

Income characteristics

Zero income yield as it does not distribute its income.

Portfolio orientation

Flexible asset allocation across different asset classes - global equities, listed commodity securities, interest-bearing securities, cash and money market instruments - to achieve its objective.

Risk considerations

The fund is priced in US dollars. Among others, investment value is subject to foreign exchange risk, market risk and interest rate risk, and credit risk of the issuers.

Risk of loss

Moderate in periods shorter than three years. Subject to market volatility, lower in longer term.

Top 5
Security description Asset class Country of Listing Portfolio weight %
FMC Corp Equity US 9.3
Nestle Equity CH 5.8
Wheaton Precious Metals Corp Equity US 4.9
SSE PLC Equity GB 4.8
Roche Holding AG Equity CH 4.5
Commentary

Monthly Commentary – July 2020 

  • Developed market equities (+4.8%) gained when second quarter corporate earnings surpassed (albeit lowered) expectations—sizeable fiscal and monetary stimulus measures continue to bolster equity markets
  • Emerging markets (+8.9%) outperformed, led by Brazil (+14.2%) and China (+9.4%)—continued oil price stabilisation (+5.2%) and gradual peaking of COVID-19 infections in Brazil served to buoy the country’s bourses
  • Global developed market sovereign and highly-rated corporate bond yields are at record lows with more than 60% of global debt trading below 1.0% and 85% below 2.0%—July’s US Fed meeting reinforced expectations that interest rates will remain low for the foreseeable future
  • The US dollar continued to decline—weakening against the euro (+5.3%), British pound (+6.2%) and Japanese yen (+2.0%)
  • Precious metals gold (+9.5%) and silver (+34.9%) led gains in hard and soft commodities—driven by global central banks pinning interest rates near zero, unprecedented peacetime fiscal deficits and emerging US dollar weakness
  • The fund’s gold ETF and investment in precious metals streamer Wheaton Precious Metals (+23.3%) contributed most to performance—while leading Hong Kong retail property developer Wharf REIC (-25.9%) again detracted on renewed political instability and reaccelerating COVID-19 infections
  • The path to a full economic recovery is considerably uncertain given increasing geopolitical tensions, expensive equity valuations, US elections and the COVID-19 pandemic—the managers remain cautious and the fund retains S&P 500 hedges to protect against these elevated risks
Fees

Management Fee (Percentage of the applicable Net Asset Value per share)
Class A: 1.35%
Class R: 1.35%
 

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Using rand returns of Foord’s best investment view South African funds. ? In calculating the current value of your hypothetical investment, we have applied the returns of Foord Asset Management’s retirement fund track record from 1 January 1990 to 31 March 2008 (gross of fees) combined with the net returns of the Foord Flexible Fund of Funds from 1 April 2008. Any information provided is not intended nor does it constitute financial, tax, legal, investment, or other type of advice, and the suitability or potential value of any information or particular investment source is not guaranteed. Performance may be affected by changes in the market or economic conditions and legal, regulatory and tax requirements. Distributions may be subject to mandatory withholding taxes. Foord does not provide any guarantee either with respect to the capital or the performance return of investments.
Using US dollar returns of Foord’s best investment view global fund. ? In calculating the current value of your investment, we have applied the long-term returns of the Foord International Trust. These returns are calculated net of fees. Past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Foord Asset Management (Singapore) Pte. Limited disclaims any liability for any loss, liability, or damages (whether direct or consequential) of any nature whatsoever that may be suffered as a result of, or which may be attributable, directly or indirectly to the use of or reliance upon the information provided.
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