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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 30/Apr) 2.7 3.1 1.6


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 19.7
Foord Global Equity Fund Foreign assets SG 14.9
RSA 10.5% (R186) Gov bonds ZA 13.2
RSA 8.875% (R2035) Gov bonds ZA 5.4
Newgold Commodity ZA 4.0
RSA 8.0% (R2030) Gov bonds ZA 3.4
BHP Group Equity ZA 3.0
Anheuser-Busch Equity ZA 2.8
Aspen Equity ZA 2.8
Capital & Counties Property ZA 2.5

Monthly Commentary – April 2020

  • Global equities (+10.7% in US dollars) rebounded off the March lows to post the best one-month gain since 1987 – US bourses (+13.1%) led developed markets (+10.9%) higher after unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimulus in support of faltering economies
  • Emerging markets (+9.2%) gained despite more than 80 countries seeking IMF assistance amid the severe economic demand shock – India (+16.1%) benefitted from the lower oil price improving the country’s fiscal deficit
  • Oil (+11.1%) gained but remains under pressure given the 25-30% collapse in near-term demand despite major producers agreeing a 10% supply cut – the WTI oil price went negative for a brief period on a futures related technicality given almost-full land-based storage facilities in the US
  • The FTSE/JSE Capped All Share Index (+14.2% in rands) also rallied, with resources (23.0%) led higher by the gold and platinum mining sectors – financials (+11.9%) and industrials (+9.6%) tracked global bourses higher, while SA listed property (+7.0%) lagged
  • The All Bond Index (+3.9%) gained as yields moved down sharply on the lower repo rate and improved investor sentiment off the March trough – the high coupon, shorter duration R186 government bond (+7.7%) contributed meaningfully to portfolio returns
  • The rand (-3.9% vs the US dollar) weakened more as the economic shock of the extended lockdown compounds South Africa’s structural growth challenges – S&P downgraded SA debt further into sub-investment grade on forecasts of accelerating deterioration of public finances
  • The portfolio is well-positioned for the current market environment – with a preference for quality JSE-listed global businesses and select global equities over SA Inc. companies and defensive, core holding in high-yielding SA government bonds
  • The excellent relative performance over March’s selloff and April’s bear-market rally without any major portfolio changes bears testament to this fine balance – the fund is now pleasingly provisionally ranked in the top 3 funds of 93 comparable funds over 1, 3 and 5 years

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 long-term equity carve-out returns of Foord Asset Management's Global Balanced composite from 1 January 1990. These returns are gross of fees and taxes. 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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