This is a financial promotion for The First Sentier Multi-Asset Strategy. This information is for professional clients only in the EEA and elsewhere where lawful. Investing involves certain risks including:
- The value of investments and any income from them may go down as well as up and are not guaranteed. Investors may get back significantly less than the original amount invested.
- Currency risk: the Fund invests in assets which are denominated in other currencies; changes in exchange rates will affect the value of the Fund and could create losses. Currency control decisions made by governments could affect the value of the Fund's investments and could cause the Fund to defer or suspend redemptions of its shares.
- Emerging market risk: Emerging markets tend to be more sensitive to economic and political conditions than developed markets. Other factors include greater liquidity risk, restrictions on investment or transfer of assets, failed/delayed settlement and difficulties valuing securities.
- Derivative risk: derivatives are sensitive to changes in the value of the underlying asset(s) and/or the level of the rate(s) from which they derive their value. A small movement in the value of the assets or rates may result in gains or losses that are greater than the amount the Fund has invested in derivative transactions, which may have a significant impact on the value of the Fund. .
- Credit risk: the issuers of bonds or similar investments that the Fund buys may get into financial difficulty and may not pay income or repay capital to the Fund when due.
- Interest rate risk: bond prices have an inverse relationship with interest rates such that when interest rates rise, bonds may fall in value. Rising interest rates may cause the value of your investment to fall.
- Charges to capital risk: The fees and expenses may be charged against the capital property. Deducting expenses from capital reduces the potential for capital growth
For details of the firms issuing this information and any funds referred to, please see Terms and Conditions and Important Information.
For a full description of the terms of investment and the risks please see the Prospectus and Key Investor Information Document for each Fund.
If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of our funds for your investment needs, please seek investment advice.
We invest for purpose
Markets are constantly moving – and when conditions change investors must rethink their asset allocation.
Our flexible and dynamic approach draws on a global opportunity set to meet the multiple, often competing objectives of our clients. The goal is to tie all investment decisions to the ultimate objective of the portfolio.
Time has shown that asset allocation decisions are the dominant driver of overall portfolio returns and multi-asset investing provides risk and return benefits that are not typically achievable by investing in a single asset class.
We believe that holding a large number of asset categories doesn’t provide real diversification in today’s markets. To solve this challenge we have developed the First Sentier Real Return Fund, an objective-based approach to investing that combines the benefits of long-term asset allocation with dynamic short-term tilts to enhance returns and abate risks.
The fund aims to protect against inflation and provide growth by achieving a positive return of 4.5% in excess of Australian CPI (trimmed mean) over a rolling five year periods.
Unlike traditional multi-asset portfolios, there is no requirement to allocate to any particular investment type. We only invest in opportunities that offer the best risk-reward for investors, blending a combination of assets together across the full spectrum of equities, bonds, currencies and commodities that have the highest likelihood of delivering on the performance target while also considering sequencing risks.
By dynamically shifting exposures, we aim to take advantage of short-term investment opportunities as they arise. History has shown that being dynamic, making well-timed changes to the investment mix, can have significant positive influence on long-term performance.
Our asset allocation moves with markets
The foundation of our portfolios, our neutral asset allocation, takes a long term view on economies, markets and expected returns across asset classes. While neutral asset allocation alone will be the dominant driver of returns, there is also opportunity to mitigate portfolio risks and generate additional returns as market conditions change. We supplement our long term neutral asset allocation with dynamic asset allocation, which exploits shorter-term market inefficiencies.
How our portfolio works
Neutral asset allocation
The ‘neutral’ asset allocation is the mix of investments that we believe has the highest likelihood of achieving a given portfolio’s long-term objectives based on fundamentals. The first step in our investment process is determining the economic outlook, both globally and for individual countries.
Using current valuations as a starting point, key economic variables including GDP growth, inflation, risk free rates, and long-term bond yields enable us to calculate expected returns for various asset classes.
Dynamic asset allocation
Dynamic asset allocation or ‘daa’ is the process of shifting the ‘neutral’ position of a portfolio by taking into account shorter-term market conditions. DAA positioning can deliver additional returns and help mitigate portfolio risks through protection strategies (such as the use of derivatives), thereby maximising the probability of meeting portfolio objectives.
As long-term investors, and fundamental to our investment philosophy, we believe that markets are not completely and globally efficient - local considerations such as liquidity requirements, regulatory constraints, mandatory hedging and even simple home biases allow dislocations to exist.
Where does an objective-based fund fit within a broader portfolio?
Investing in an objective-based multi-asset strategy with flexible investment ranges free your manager to deliver more consistent returns with less risk, but how can a fund that moves in - and out - of asset classes fit within your broader asset allocation?
Here are five ways an objectives-based fund can be used in your portfolio:
An objective-based strategy can be added to the equities segment of your portfolio with the aim of delivering 'equity-like' returns with lower volatility.
An objective-based strategy could fall into the 'growth alternatives', 'defensive alternatives', or 'absolute return' categories, depending on the fund.
Core or whole portfolio solution
Use your objective-based strategy as a one-stop-shop for delivering on an overall portfolio objective - including outsourcing of asset allocation and governance.
Our corporate RI strategy is based upon three strategic pillars of quality, stewardship and engagement.
As global multi-asset investors, we partner with our clients to provide solutions that maximise the probability that they will achieve their investment objectives. We assess our client needs based on three key criteria: risk tolerance, investment horizon and return ambition level. We utilise third party monitoring services for our direct holdings.
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