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Foord Asia ex-Japan Fund

For long-term investors in Asia ex-Japan equities



The fund aims to achieve long-term capital growth from a diversified portfolio of listed Asian equities, excluding Japan. It seeks to outperform MSCI All Country Asia ex-Japan net total return (USD) Index over full market cycles, without undue risk to the capital.


  • With a higher risk profile
  • Seeking long-term capital growth
  • Able to withstand investment volatility in the short to medium term


Luxembourg, Singapore, South Africa



MSCI All Country Asia Ex-Japan Net Total Return (USD) Index

Time horizon

Longer than five years.

Inception date

27 July 2021

Initial investment amount

US$10,000 or equivalent

Subsequent subscription amount

US$1,000 or equivalent

Significant restrictions

To comply with UCITS regulations. The fund is prohibited to enter into total return swaps, securities lending transactions, repurchase transactions, 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

Investing in quality Asia ex-Japan equities that present long-term investment value. It may include equities listed outside Asia but whose business is predominantly focused on the Asia ex-Japan region.

The fund is actively managed and not constrained by the benchmark in its portfolio positioning and may have a substantial proportion of its portfolio invested in Chinese securities.


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

High in periods shorter than five years.  Subject to market volatility, lower in longer term.


Management Fee (Percentage of the applicable Net Asset Value per share)
Class R: 0.85% + 15% of outperformance over the benchmark

The annual fee comprises a fixed standard fee plus a performance fee, subject to an overall minimum.  

The annual fee may be adjusted up daily (subject to fulfilling the performance conditions) by the performance fee, calculated as the difference between the portfolio performance and the benchmark return for the same period multiplied by the performance fee sharing rate.


Year Fund Return % All Country Asia ex-Japan %
2021 (from 27/Jul) -7.9 -4.0
2022 (to 31/May) -6.8 -14.3

Top 5
Security description Asset class Country of Listing Portfolio weight %
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd Equity HK 8.7
Tencent Holdings Ltd Equity HK 7.7
JD.Com Inc - CL A Equity HK 7.5
Baidu Inc Equity HK 6.9 Group Ltd Equity HK 5.7
  • Asia Ex-Japan markets’ (+0.5%) flat return masked what was another volatile month — global and broad-based selling took the index down more than 8% by mid-month, rescued by a +5.5% final week rally, driven (ironically) by hopes for more dovish US Federal Reserve policy on prospects of slowing growth
  • Chinese equities (+1.2%) posted their first positive month of 2022 as draconian COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease in several Tier-1 cities — it appears that China’s leadership may be taking a more balanced approach to the pandemic and the need to foster economic growth
  • Taiwanese equities (+3.6%) rebounded from the near 10% decline suffered in April — China’s pivot towards balancing COVID-19 containment with the need for economic growth have (at least temporarily) allayed fears that continued lockdowns could decimate semiconductor demand in one of the largest global markets
  • Indian markets (-5.8%) fell — an importer of much of its energy needs, higher commodity prices have weighed on Indian growth expectations
  • Though potentially short lived, the prospects of a marginally less hawkish Fed resulted in a rebound in interest rate sensitive and consumer-oriented sectors — leading sectors included information technology (+3.2%), industrials (+2.3%) and consumer discretionary (+1.0%)
  • The fund outperformed the benchmark — driven by Chinese technology firms Baidu (+13.0%) and Netease (+10.5%), partly offset by declines in JD.Com (-12.8%)



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Annualised Return: 0%
The annualised return is the effective annual percentage return achieved over the term of the investment. Results for an investment term of less than one year should be treated with caution.


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