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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
Past performance is not a guide to future results.
See latest monthly factsheet below for performance history.
At close 18-Aug-2014Ord
|Net Dividend Yield||1.08%|
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 performance, a sector breakdown, top twenty largest investments and an outlook for the Trust.
Asian small-cap equities continued to benefit from the assurance of loose monetary policy in June, but gains were pared by still patchy economic data and escalating violence in Iraq. The Thai market did well after the nationwide curfew was lifted, while the military junta began approving stalled investment and infrastructure projects. Indonesia lagged as polls showed market-friendly presidential nominee Jokowi losing ground to his rival Prabowo ahead of the election.
There were no major changes to the portfolio in June. Earnings news was mixed. Both Sri Lankan conglomerates John Keells and Aitken Spence recorded healthy earnings growth, while China’s Green Dragon Gas saw significantly improved profitability. Conversely, AEON Malaysia’s net profits fell on continued expansion in capital expenditure, despite higher sales, while Guinness Anchor missed our forecast. In other corporate news, Pacific Basin is no longer putting the company’s harbour towage business up for sale. Yoma Strategic, the Singapore-listed Myanmar company will proceed with the purchase of the 10-acre landmark development site in Yangon. Yoma will fund this via a share placement.
Global growth prospects and central bank policy will remain key themes for quite some time. In the West and Japan, deflationary trends linger, with authorities likely to keep policy loose. In China, risks in the property sector persist, while further bond and wealth management product defaults cannot be ruled out as the government reins in shadow banking in pursuit of better-quality growth. Territorial disputes between China and its neighbours could also cloud the region’s outlook. Against this backdrop, a premature tightening of policy, particularly by the Fed, would unsettle markets, as will a bigger-than-expected slowdown in Chinese growth. We believe though that Beijing has deep enough pockets to prevent sectoral problems from infecting the wider economy. Despite the uncertainty, we remain upbeat about Asia’s prospects and believe good value can still be found on a long-term basis. Our strategy is unchanged, with a focus on fundamentally sound companies that have the ability to emerge stronger from the current cyclical slowdown.
Source: Monthly Factsheet Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited