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Conservative Absolute Return

For conservative, absolute return-orientated global investors.

OVERVIEW

The Foord International Fund is a conservatively managed portfolio of listed securities on global exchanges – including equities, exchange traded funds, interest-bearing securities, property and cash deposits. The investment managers will allocate assets across these asset classes in a fully flexible manner in variable weightings as appropriate. The fund aims to achieve long-term inflation-beating US$ returns over rolling five-year periods, resulting in equity like long-term returns, but with lower risk.

STRATEGY

Notwithstanding the flexible asset allocation policy, the fund outperforms world equity markets over the long term with lower volatility and a lower risk of loss (as measured by maximum drawdowns). The graph below shows the fund's annualised returns and the US inflation rate over the rolling five-year cycles and the real return over the same period. The graph demonstrates that the fund has consistently delivered real returns of approximately 5% per annum in US dollars over rolling five-year cycles.

Long-term real returns

Historic investment returns
Years Composite Return % Benchmark* Return %
1 Year 20.8 2
3 Years 6.2 1.8
5 Years 6.3 2
Since Inception 10 March 1997 6.6 2.1

* Benchmark: US Inflation

Performance History

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12 Apr 2021

Finding Inflation-beating Returns

Portfolio manager Brian Arcese, reflects on the anniversary of the pandemic-driven sell-off and how investors can find inflation-beating opportunities in the markets.

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