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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 01-Oct-2014Ord
|Net Dividend Yield||1.03%|
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.
Uneven economic growth and the prospect of higher US interest rates jostled against hopes of additional stimulus in Europe, returning modest US dollar-based gains across Asian small-cap stocks in August.
In August, we introduced First Sponsor, a Singapore-listed China property company. One of its major shareholders is the Kwek family, who is the largest stakeholder of our core large-cap holding City Developments.
Results across our holdings were encouraging overall. Notable beneficiaries of a better operating environment were Asian Terminals in the Philippines, as well as Thailand’s Hana Microelectronics. Meanwhile, AEON Stores Hong Kong returned to profitability amid a turnaround in its mainland operations.
Exceptions included Pacific Basin Shipping, which was hurt by a non-cash impairment in its towage business. Nevertheless, the company continues to run a solid operation in its core chartering business. Elsewhere, retailer Giordano continues to struggle with sluggish sales, but its solid balance sheet should withstand current headwinds from China.
Interest rate decisions taken by major central banks will continue to shape the direction of capital flows into Asia. While Europe and Japan are expected to keep rates pinned to the floor, the US recovery has given investors reason to worry about an earlier-than-expected normalisation of Fed policy. This could result in market volatility over the short term as the cost of capital rises and liquidity declines. Uncertainty is also likely to persist should tensions in Ukraine spike amid claims of widespread Russian troop presence and violence in the Middle East escalate. On the other hand, the prospect of continued selective stimulus in China and additional quantitative easing in Europe could help buffer against any market downside, while gradually improving demand from the US should underpin Asian exports. We remain watchful, but take comfort in the strength of our holdings, which we believe will withstand the current headwinds. Their focus on controlling costs and improving margins should reap dividends when the cycle turns.
Source: Monthly Factsheet Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited