NAV on 2019/07/19
|NAV on 2019/07/18
|52 week high on 2019/05/03
|52 week low on 2018/10/23
|Total Expense Ratio on 2019/03/31
|Total Expense Ratio (performance fee) on 2019/03/31
Sanlam Collective Investments
South African--Multi Asset--Flexible
FSTE/JSE Capped Shareholder Weighted All
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Jan has nine years investment experience. He qualified as a chartered accountant at Coopers & Lybrand and holds a chartered financial analyst charter. His field of expertise in terms of investments extends over a wide range of equity sectors, as well as the fixed income market. Jan is responsible for alternative investment strategies, as well as managing fixed income portfolios at Gryphon Asset Management. Jan has also been a director of the Gryphon Group since 1999.
Denker SCI Flexible Fund - Mar 19
Global equity markets recovered strongly from the sell off at the end of last year. The S&P 500 in dollars gained 13.1% the MSCI World gained 11.9% and the MSCI EM lagging slightly gained 9.6%. The most surprising development in markets was the sharp rally in long dated developed market government bonds; the yields on US 10yr maturity bonds declined from 2.69% at year end to 2.41%. The yield on 10yr German bonds declined from 0.24% to -0.07%.
The US Congress and President Trump ended the longest government shutdown in American history on 25 January 2019 without reaching consensus over the funding amount for an expansion of the US Mexico border wall. In the UK Prime Minister May failed to gain sufficient support for her Brexit deal, but did manage to persuade European leaders to postpone the Brexit deadline until mid-April. In the last week of March the UK parliament voted on no less than eight options and has yet to find majority support for any proposal. As things stand it looks like the UK might leave the EU on 12 April without a deal.
South African markets lagged behind global equities gaining 6.8% in rand (marginal rand weakness detracted 0.9% for the US dollar based investor). SA bonds delivered surprisingly strong performance gaining 3.4% over the quarter.
Mr Mboweni delivered the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) in February. Government revised growth forecasts lower, made no adjustment to tax brackets despite inflation and promised R23bn a year to Eskom to help it restructure its operations. The sustainability of government finances depends on the ability of the economy to achieve projected growth rates. The Eskom load shedding experienced in the first quarter makes it that much harder to achieve. Already, in March government revenue statistics showed much larger than expected shortfalls. Moody’s, despite the obvious challenges, did not downgrade SA government debt to junk.
Since the fund’s inception the FTSE/JSE Capped All Share Index delivered 4.0%, domestic property (represented by the FTSE/JSE SA listed property index) declined 16.9% and SA cash paid 11.7% in rand. Rand weakness (the rand/dollar exchange rate deteriorated from R12.99 to R14.48), representing a decline of 11.5% - assisted the performance of offshore assets. The S&P500 in rand closed 27.9% higher while the MSCI EM lagged closing 8.5% higher.
Over the first quarter of 2019 all asset classes delivered positive returns, but international assets have substantially outperformed local assets
We have increased the fund’s exposure to international assets over the quarter but mainly to offshore cash. This has reduced the total equity exposure by around 3%. Within the local equity exposures we have also increased our exposure to businesses that operate outside of SA.
Global events will continue to dominate news flow and market performance in the shortterm.
The portfolio will invest in a combination of both local and international asset classes, including assets in liquid form, money market instruments, bonds, debentures, corporate debt, equity securities, property securities, preference shares, convertible equities, derivatives, non-equity securities and any other securities which are considered to be consistent with the portfolio's primary objective and the Act or the Registrar may allow all to be acquired at fair value. The manager may also include unlisted forward currency, interest rate and exchange rate swap transactions for efficient portfolio purposes. The portfolio will be actively managed with exposure to various asset classes being varied to reflect changing economic and market circumstances, in order to maximise returns for the investors.
The Manager shall be permitted to invest on behalf of the portfolio in offshore investments as legislation permits.