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The Company currently conducts its affairs so that securities issued by Aberdeen Asian Smaller Companies Investment Trust PLC can be recommended by financial advisers to ordinary retail investors in accordance with the FCA’s rules in relation to non-mainstream pooled investment products (NMPIs) and intends to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
The Company’s securities are excluded from the FCA’s restrictions which apply to non-mainstream investment products because they are securities in an investment trust.
The Alternative Investment Fund Manager Directive (“AIFMD”) requires Aberdeen Fund Managers Limited, as the alternative investment fund manager of Aberdeen Asian Smaller Companies Investment Trust PLC, to make available to investors certain information prior to such investors’ investment in the Company.
The AIFMD is intended to offer increased protection to investors in investment products that do not fall under the existing European Union regime for regulation of investment products known as “UCITS”.
The value of investments and the income from them may go down as well as up and investors may get back less than the amount invested. The tax benefits relating to ISA investments may not be maintained. Please refer to the Key Facts documents contained in the ISA/Share Plan Brochure & Application form for general and specific investment risks attaching to the individual trusts.Read the detailed Risk Warning
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At close 03-Mar-2015Ord
|Net Dividend Yield||1.47%|
Source: Morningstar, NAV = Net Asset Value, excluding income.
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Registered in England and Wales as an Investment Company Number 3106339
To maximise total return to Shareholders over the long term from a portfolio of smaller quoted companies (with a market capitalisation of up to approximately US$1 billion at time of investment) in the economies of Asia and Australasia, excluding Japan.
In this webcast, Christopher Wong gives an update on a wide range of subjects including the Trust’s performance, the geographic and sectoral positioning of the portfolio for the Trust.
A wave of monetary policy easing lifted Asian small-cap stocks in January, as central banks in India and Singapore as well as their counterparts in Europe, Turkey and Canada moved to boost economic growth. Paring gains was Switzerland’s decision to end its cap on the franc against the euro, which caused global risk aversion to spike, albeit briefly.
In January, we took profits from Indian holdings that have rallied and are appearing fully valued, such as Castrol India and Kansai Nerolac Paints. We used the proceeds to subscribe to DGB Financial’s discounted rights issue given its regional market position, customer relationships and loan growth expectations.
In earnings news, most of our companies’ results met our expectations. Singapore’s CDL Hospitality Trusts saw good occupancy but weak room rates, hurting fourth-quarter revenues. However, yield and cash flow remained robust. In Thailand, Tisco Financial's fourth-quarter performance beat market expectations, although full-year net profits were flat as moderate growth in net interest income was counterbalanced by higher provisions. Meanwhile, Indian consumer goods company Godrej acquired Frika Hair, which will expand its business in South Africa.
Most signs point to a potentially looser policy environment in the medium term. Recent patchy US economic data could ease pressure on the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates by the first half of 2015. Murky outlooks for growth and inflation in both Europe and Japan could also precipitate more stimulus by the ECB and Bank of Japan, although we feel this would only soften the political will for crucial reforms. In China, authorities have reiterated their desire to pursue quality growth while maintaining an appropriate rate of expansion, an oblique reference to tougher times ahead, albeit cushioned by more targeted easing measures. Such rhetoric is likely to continue driving markets despite still-weak economic data. On the other hand, further shocks in the oil and currency markets could upend the uptrend. We are of the view, however, that lower oil prices are a good thing for Asia on the whole as it helps reduce costs for businesses and consumers alike, which should ultimately boost spending and induce investment. For now, earnings growth is likely to remain muted but companies with financial muscle and prudent management should be well placed to ride the region’s recovery over the long term.
Source: Monthly Factsheet Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited