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Foord International Fund

For conservative, absolute-return investors

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INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE

The fund aims to achieve meaningful inflation-beating US$ returns over rolling five-year periods from a conservatively managed portfolio of global investments reflecting Foord's prevailing best investment view.

FOR INVESTORS

  • With a moderate risk profile
  • Seeking preservation of capital and safe investment growth.

REGISTERED COUNTRIES

Japan, Luxembourg, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

Performance

Returns
Year Fund Return % MSCI World Return % US Inflation %
1997 (from 10/Mar) 9.1 13.1 1.3
1998 13.9 24.3 1.6
1999 -11.7 24.9 2.7
2000 23.7 -13.2 3.4
2001 -4.0 -16.8 1.6
2002 3.2 -19.9 2.5
2003 21.1 33.1 2.0
2004 13.0 14.7 3.3
2005 5.8 9.5 3.3
2006 18.4 20.1 2.5
2007 12.7 9.0 4.1
2008 -18.4 -40.7 0.0
2009 18.8 30.0 2.8
2010 10.2 11.8 1.4
2011 -1.1 -5.5 3.0
2012 11.2 15.8 1.8
2013 15.1 26.7 1.5
2014 -1.9 4.9 0.7
2015 1.9 -0.9 0.7
2016 1.2 7.5 2.2
2017 15.5 22.4 2.0
2018 -9.6 -8.7 1.9
2019 17.0 27.7 2.3
2020 6.8 15.9 1.3
2021 (to 31/Mar) 1.9 4.9 0.5

The use of MSCI benchmark is for performance comparison only

Characteristics
Objective

To achieve meaningful inflation-beating US dollar returns over a full investment cycle.

Time horizon

Longer than five years.

Inception date

2 April 2013

Initial investment amount

US$10,000 or equivalent

Subsequent subscription amount

US$1,000 or equivalent

Significant restrictions

Complies with UCITS regulation. In addition, the Fund cannot entered into total return swaps, securities lending transactions, repurchase transactions or 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

Flexible asset allocation across different asset classes - global equities, listed commodity securities, interest-bearing securities, cash and money market instruments - to achieve its objective.

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

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

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Commentary

Monthly Commentary – March 2021

  • Global equities (+2.7%) rose on expectations for accelerating global growth following vaccine rollouts—underpinned by further stimulus measures and ongoing accommodative monetary policy
  • Developed market equities (+3.3%) rallied on stimulus announcements and higher bond yields—the stronger US dollar and emergence of more virulent COVID-19 strains weighed on emerging markets (-1.5%)
  • Developed market bond yields rose again on higher inflation expectations—even as the US Federal Reserve downplayed inflation risks and reiterated its commitment to accommodative policy until unemployment and inflation exceeded its targets
  • The dollar strengthened against the euro (-3.2%), Japanese yen (-3.6%) and British pound (-1.3%)—US economic data continued to surprise to the upside
  • Industrial commodities oil (-3.9%) and copper (-2.2%) retraced on dollar strength—precious metals gold (-0.8%) and silver (-10.1%) declined on the opportunity cost of higher bond yields and the benign inflation outlook from central banks
  • US agriculture company FMC (+9.2%), retail pharmacy chain CVS (+10.4%), Scottish energy multi-national SSE (+9.9%) and Chinese insurer PICC P&C (+14.8%) contributed the most to fund performance —Wharf Real Estate (-4.6%) and US miner Freeport McMoran (-2.9%) detracted
  • The managers continue to favour equities over other asset classes—but remain cautious and partially hedged given lofty US equity valuations
Fees

Management Fee (Percentage of the applicable Net Asset Value per share)
Class B: 1.00% (Institutional investors)
Class R: 1.00% (Retail investors)
 

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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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