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Foord Conservative Fund

For conservative, medium-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 provide conservative, medium-term investors with inflation-beating returns over rolling three-year periods.


•    With a conservative risk profile
•    Close to or in retirement
•    Seeking medium-term, inflation-beating returns
•    Over time horizons of less than five years.
•    From a South African retirement fund investment product (Reg 28).


Year Fund Return % Benchmark Return % SA Inflation %
2014 9.6 10.0 5.3
2015 10.4 8.9 5.2
2016 1.4 10.7 6.8
2017 8.1 9.0 4.7
2018 1.8 9.0 4.5
2019 13.8 7.8 4.0
2020 (to 31/Jul) 7.0 4.2 1.4


CPI +4% per annum, which is applied daily using the most recently available inflation data and accordingly will be lagged on average by five to six weeks.

Time horizon

Shorter than five years.

Inception date

2 January 2014

Minimum investment

R50 000 lump sum or R1 000 per month

Significant restrictions

Maximum equity exposure of 60%: maximum offshore exposure of 30%; complies with pension fund investment regulations (Regulation 28).

Income distributions

End-February and end-August each year.

Income characteristics

Typically more than double that of the FTSE/JSE All Share Index dividend yield. The income yield is affected by the level of performance fees accrued.

Portfolio orientation

Typically a medium to low 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 (a conservative, multi-asset class fund), sub-fund of Foord SICAV domiciled in Luxembourg and Foord Global Equity Fund (a portfolio of global shares and cash), domiciled in Singapore. Both funds are priced in US dollars.

Risk of loss

Medium in periods shorter than six months. Low in periods greater than one year.

Top 10
Security description Asset class Market Portfolio weight %
Foord International Fund Foreign assets LU 19.1
Foord Global Equity Fund Foreign assets SG 16.4
RSA 10.5% (R186) Gov bonds ZA 10.4
NewGold Commodity ZA 5.7
RSA 8.875% (R2035) Gov bonds ZA 5.0
BHP Group Equity ZA 3.4
Naspers "N" Equity ZA 3.3
Anheuser-Busch Equity ZA 3.2
Aspen Equity ZA 3.1
FirstRand Equity ZA 2.5

Monthly Commentary – July 2020

  • Global equities (+5.3% in US dollars) rose as earnings season produced better-than-feared results and hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine grew on promising early trial results—emerging markets (+8.9%) outperformed on dollar weakness and increased global risk appetite
  • US (+5.9%) and European (+3.9%) bourses advanced again despite rising second wave pandemic infection rates clouding the economic outlook—supported by the EU resolution on €750 billion of fiscal stimulus and a Republican proposal for a further $1 trillion package in the US
  • Most commodities including copper (+6.8%) and oil (+5.2%) gained—the US dollar index (-4.4%) had its worst month since 2010 prompting technical break-outs in gold (+9.5%) and silver (+34.9%)
  • The FTSE/JSE Capped All Share Index (+2.9% in rands) was led higher by resources (+9.0%) with financials (+0.4%) flat and industrials (-1.3%) weaker—holdings in physical gold ETF NewGold (+8.5%), Anheuser-Busch Inbev (+10.3%) and BHP Group (+4.0%) contributed to returns while industrials British American Tobacco (-12.3%) and Aspen (-7.7%) detracted
  • The All Bond Index (+0.6%) rose despite further yield curve steepening with short dated yields pulled down by SARB’s quarter-point repo rate—core holding in the shorter duration R186 (+1.5%) outperformed as market participants continue to price in higher South African sovereign risk over the longer dated debt maturities
  • Listed property (-3.2%) declined after June’s bounce—the fund has a low allocation to the sector via London-listed property stock Capital & Counties and select domestic niche warehouse and distribution property companies
  • The rand (+1.6%) appreciated on positive emerging market sentiment and dollar weakness but has declined 17.9% this year and remains vulnerable longer term—despite rand strength, the allocation to foreign assets (+2.3% in rand) was the largest contributor to fund returns

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, but no fees are levied when the annual net return falls below zero. 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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