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Foord Balanced Fund

For long-term investors in South African retirement fund products



Managed to comply with the statutory investment limits set for retirement funds in South Africa, the fund aims to grow retirement savings by meaningful, inflation-beating returns over the long term.


•    With a moderate risk profile
•    Seeking long-term, inflation-beating returns
•    Over periods exceeding five years
•    From a South African retirement fund investment product (Reg 28).


Year Fund Return % Benchmark Return % SA Inflation %
2002 (from 01/Sep) 6.1 0.7 3.1
2003 15.3 16.1 0.3
2004 23.8 25.5 3.4
2005 45.8 30.6 3.6
2006 35.9 26.2 5.9
2007 12.1 12.5 8.9
2008 -5.9 -5.6 9.5
2009 18.0 17.7 6.3
2010 17.2 10.8 3.5
2011 10.9 6.0 6.1
2012 24.4 14.9 5.7
2013 24.2 21.2 5.4
2014 11.0 8.9 5.3
2015 10.5 8.0 5.2
2016 0.4 1.7 6.8
2017 8.0 11.6 4.7
2018 -3.1 -4.5 4.5
2019 12.2 8.7 4.0
2020 10.6 5.3 3.1


The market value weighted average total return of the South African – Multi-Asset – High Equity unit trust sector, excluding Foord Balanced Fund.

Time horizon

Longer than five years.

Inception date

1 September 2002

Minimum investment

R50 000 lump sum or R1 000 per month

Significant restrictions

Maximum equity exposure of 75%: maximum offshore exposure of 30%; complies with pension fund investment regulations (Regulation 28).

Income distributions

End-February and end-August each year.

Income characteristics

Medium yield, approximately double that of a general equity fund. Income distributions are reduced by the annual service charge, which varies with the relative performance of the fund against its benchmark.

Portfolio orientation

Medium to high weighting in JSE shares and includes exposure to listed property, commodity securities, bonds, money market instruments and foreign assets.

Foreign assets

Foreign asset exposure is obtained predominantly via Foord International Fund (FIF) and Foord Global Equity Fund Luxembourg (FGEFL), sub-funds of Foord SICAV domiciled in Luxembourg and Foord Global Equity Fund (FGEF) domiciled in Singapore. FIF is a conservative, multi-asset class fund. FGEF and FGEL comprise portfolios of global shares and cash. All funds are priced in US dollars.

Risk of loss

Lower than that of a pure equity fund. High in periods shorter than six months, lower in periods greater than one year.

Top 10
Security description Asset class Market Portfolio weight %
Foord Global Equity Fund Foreign assets LU/SG 17.5
Foord International Fund Foreign assets LU 11.5
RSA 10.5% (R186) Gov bonds ZA 10.0
BHP Group Equity ZA 4.8
Naspers "N" Equity ZA 4.6
NewGold Commodity ZA 4.4
Anheuser-Busch Equity ZA 3.6
FirstRand Equity ZA 3.3
Aspen Equity ZA 3.2
CF Richemont Equity ZA 3.2

Monthly Commentary – December 2020

  • Global equities (+4.2% in US dollars) again reached new highs on the first COVID-19 vaccine approvals by US, UK, and EU regulators and the passage in the US of a $900 billion pandemic relief bill—emerging markets (+7.2%) outperformed on the improving global economic sentiment
  • European sovereign bond yields trended lower on reaccelerating COVID-19 infections and US yields edged higher on a modest improvement in US employment and COVID-19 vaccine approvals—the US dollar continued to weaken against most major and emerging market currencies
  • Industrial commodities including oil (+8.9%), copper (+2.7%) and iron ore (+25.1%) rose on expectations that COVID-19 vaccines may result in higher global growth in 2021—precious metals gold (+6.6%) and silver (19.6%) rebounded after three months of retreat
  • The FTSE/JSE Capped All Share Index (+4.9% in rands) was buoyed by the positive global emerging markets sentiment and net foreign buying—resources (+9.5%) and financials (+8.3%) advanced while industrials (-1.0%) lagged
  • The fund’s JSE equity investments underperformed given the low allocation to listed property (+13.7%) and the resources sector although core holding BHP Group (+9.6%) contributed meaningfully—the investment in FirstRand (+12.2%) was positive while the allocation to large cap rand hedges Anheuser-Busch InBev (-0.1%), Richemont (+1.0%) and British American Tobacco (+2.1%) underperformed on rand strength
  • The All Bond Index (+2.4%) advanced as positive emerging markets sentiment resulted in lower long bond yields and a flatter yield curve—the fund’s core investment in the 3-7-year sector (+2.5%) again contributed meaningfully to returns and is still the managers’ preferred yield curve position
  • The rand (+5.0% vs the US dollar) gained on broad-based dollar weakness and positive emerging markets sentiment on COVID-19 vaccine news and expectations for accelerating global economic growth in 2021—despite recent dollar weakness, the rand (-5.0%) is weaker over 2020 and remains vulnerable over the longer term

The fee is a performance based fee that varies around the at-benchmark fee rate as disclosed on the fact sheet. The daily fee rate is adjusted up or down based on the portfolio’s one-year rolling return relative to that of its benchmark. Minimum fee rates apply. Fees accrue in the Foord global funds as disclosed.


Experience the compounding phenomenon of a sustained, long-term investment with Foord.

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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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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