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NAV on 2019/09/16
NAV on 2019/09/13 176.8207
52 week high on 2019/09/13 176.8207
52 week low on 2018/10/25 164.3243
Total Expense Ratio on 2019/06/30 0.85
Total Expense Ratio (performance fee) on 2019/06/30 0
NAV Incl Dividends
1 month change 2.05% 2.05%
3 month change 2.04% 3.14%
6 month change 0.96% 4.17%
1 year change 4.45% 12.57%
5 year change -0.13% 8.28%
10 year change 0.85% 9.05%
Price data is updated once a day.
  • Sectoral allocations
Fixed Interest 6.92 0.16%
Gilt 1.93 0.05%
Gilts 4143.16 96.79%
Liquid Assets 128.59 3.00%
  • Top five holdings
U-SBKIMM 6.92 0.16%
AIRNAM04 1.93 0.05%
  • Performance against peers
  • Fund data  
Management company:
STANLIB Collective Investments (RF) Limited
Formation date:
ISIN code:
Short name:
South African--Interest Bearing--Variable Term
BEASSA All Bond index
Contact details




  • Fund management  
Victor Mphaphuli
Victor joined SCMB Treasury in 1996 as a trainee dealer in the foreign exchange markets and later moved to Nedcor Investment Bank as a capital markets dealer. In early 2001, he joined Libam's fixed interest team as a capital markets dealer and assistant to Henk Viljoen.

  • Fund manager's comment

STANLIB Bond Fund - Mar 19

2019/05/30 00:00:00
Fund review
The size of the STANLIB Bond Fund decreased by R300 million to R3.3 billion during the first quarter of 2019. At the beginning of the quarter, the fund had an overweight duration position and a sizeable overweight position in the 12+ area of the yield curve. Bond markets faced continued headwinds as the market priced in a significant Eskom bail-out and an increase in bond issuance from the Budget Speech as a result. This called for positions to be unwound going into key risk events, to close the quarter with a cautious/neutral position. The duration of the fund and the yield curve position were gradually reduced to be in line with the benchmark. The fund retained its overweight position in credit although that was slightly smaller than in the previous quarter.
Market overview
In the first quarter of 2019 there were a number of key risk events, starting with the Budget speech when the Finance Minister presented worsening fiscal projections. The budget showed debt to GDP figures exceeding 60% in the medium term along with R69 billion support needed for financially distressed Eskom over the next three years. The cash injection came at a much-needed time, as Eskom was allocated a lower tariff increase by NERSA than it applied for and the power utility was also reaching a point where it was unable to service its debt. This, with loadshedding, contributed to weaker business confidence. Credit rating agency Moody’s gave SA a rating reprieve by deciding not to issue a sovereign credit review on 29 March, but later issued a credit opinion affirming SA’s credit rating at Baa3 with a stable outlook. The credit opinion mostly highlighted positives, causing markets to rally, with the SA benchmark bond yield reaching a low of 8.42% for the quarter and the rand strengthening to R14.15/$ from a low of R14.60/$. The five-year credit default swap (CDS) spread consolidated to 185bps, down from 227bps at the beginning of Q1 2019, but still higher than the low of 140bps seen in 2018. Despite volatility, the bond market managed to produce a return of 3.76% during Q1 2019.
At its December meeting, the US Fed emphasised slowing global growth and benign inflation, which encouraged it to pause from hiking interest rates and announce an early end to its balance sheet reduction in Q3 2019. The Fed’s changed stance, along with other global central banks remaining accommodative, has rallied high-yield emerging markets. The US 10-year bond yield has since strengthened to 2.37% following a high of 2.75% earlier during the quarter. However this caused the US yield curve to invert, which raised concerns of a possible recession in future. In line with a benign global inflation outlook, inflation data in SA remained subdued, supporting the bond market.
Looking ahead
The market will be closely watching the national elections taking place on 8 May and the outcome may influence direction. The risk of an imminent sovereign downgrade may have subsided but it is not completely ruled out as Moody’s continues to monitor the turnaround in SA growth and fiscal metrics. Moreover, Moody’s rating review of the SA sovereign scheduled for November will consider the structural reforms undertaken at financially troubled state-owned companies such as Eskom. Inflation in SA is expected to remain stable inside the target band of 3-6% and the SARB is likely to keep rates on hold for the year.
The commentary gives the views of the portfolio manager at the time of writing. Any forecasts or commentary included in this document are not guaranteed to occur.
  • Fund focus and objective  
The STANLIB Bond Fund aims to achieve capital growth and income generation by investing in long-term fixed-interest securities. These securities will normally consist of a spread of gilts, semi-gilts, loan stock, debentures, debenture bonds, approved securities, notes and liquid assets and any other securities which are consistent with the portfolio's investment policy. This portfolio may not have any direct and/or indirect foreign exposure.
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