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Foord International Trust

For conservative, absolute-return investors

(SOFT CLOSED: FOR EXISTING INVESTORS ONLY)

INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE

The fund aims to achieve long-term 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

Guernsey, Singapore, South Africa.

Performance Overview

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 14.3 26.7 1.5
2014 -2.1 4.9 0.7
2015 1.8 -0.9 0.7
2016 1.1 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 7.1 15.9 1.3

The use of MSCI benchmark is for performance comparison only

Characteristics
Objective

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

Time horizon

Longer than five years.

Inception date

10 March 1997

Initial investment amount

US$10,000 or equivalent

Subsequent subscription amount

US$1,000 or equivalant

Significant restrictions

The portfolio may only invest in cash and Foord International Fund.

Income distributions

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

Income characteristics

Zero income yield as it does not distribute income.

Portfolio orientation

Fully invested in the Foord International Fund, a sub-fund of Foord SICAV, domiciled in Luxembourg.

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 five years. Subject to market volatility, lower in longer term.

Top 5
Security description Asset class Country of Listing Portfolio weight %
FMC Corp Equity US 8.6
SSE PLC Equity GB 5.6
Nestle Equity CH 5.6
Roche Holding Equity CH 4.4
CVS Health Corp Equity US 4.2
Commentary

Monthly Commentary – December 2020

  • Developed market equities (+4.2%) again reached new highs—the approval of the first COVID-19 vaccines by US, UK and EU regulators and (delayed) passage of a $900 billion US pandemic relief bill drove markets
  • Improving global economic sentiment propelled emerging markets (+7.4%) higher—commodity exporters Brazil (+13.6%) and Russia (+10.1%) led returns, boosted by increases in underlying commodity prices including oil (+8.9%) and iron ore (+25.1%)
  • Developed market bond yields diverged modestly—European sovereign yields declined on reaccelerating COVID-19 infections, while US yields edged higher on a modest improvement in US employment and the COVID-19 vaccine approvals  
  • The US dollar continued to weaken against most emerging market currencies and the majors—improving global economic prospects and an 11th hour Brexit trade deal led to gains for the euro (+2.3%) and British pound (+2.4%)
  • Industrial commodities oil (+8.9%), copper (+2.7%) and iron ore (+25.1%) rose on expectations that production, distribution and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines may be enough to curtail the pandemic and accelerate global growth in 2021—precious metals gold (+6.6%) and silver (19.6%) rebounded after three months of retreat
  • UK utility SSE PLC (+11.8%) and Hong-Kong property developer Wharf REIC (+11.9%) contributed the most to performance—Chinese insurer PICC Property & Casualty (-8.3%), detracted
  • The managers continue to favour equities over other asset classes—mindful of elevated equity valuations, however, the managers also hold cash, precious metals and a modest derivative position to hedge against a potential market retracement
Fees

No initial fees and redemption fees are levied. A fixed annual fee of 1.00% is levied in the Foord International Fund.

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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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Insights

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