The Prescient Absolute Defensive Fund will aim to provide a high and stable income yield and long-term capital growth over time. In order to achieve this objective the fund will invest in a diversified range of local and foreign asset classes as permitted by legislation. These assets include, but not limited to, equities, fixed income, money market instruments, debentures, instruments based on the value of any precious metal, property, preference shares, bonds, currencies and listed and unlisted financial instruments in line with the conditions as determined by legislation from time to time. The asset allocation will be managed actively with the equity allocation managed at lower levels with a maximum effective equity exposure of up to 40% and a maximum effective property exposure of up to 25%. The Fund will seek to capture value opportunities by switching between asset classes and also focus on equity and fixed income selection opportunities. The fund will predominately invest in South African markets, but is however permitted to include investments in offshore jurisdictions subject to the investment conditions determined by legislation from time to time.
The fund will be subject to the Prudential Investment Guidelines for South African Retirement Funds, being Regulation 28 of the Pension Funds Act, or such other legislation published from time to time. The fund may apart from assets in liquid form also include participatory interests or any other form of participation in portfolios of collective investment schemes or other similar schemes. Where the aforementioned schemes are operated in territories other than in South Africa, participatory interests or any other form of participation in these schemes will be included in the portfolio only where the regulatory environment is to the satisfaction of the manager and trustee and is of a sufficient standard to provide investor protection at least equivalent to that in South Africa.
Nothing in the supplemental deed shall preclude the manager from varying the ratios of securities, to maximise capital growth and investment potential in changing economic environments or market conditions or to meet the requirements, if applicable, of any exchange formally recognised in terms of legislation and from retaining cash or placing cash on deposit in terms of the Deed and any Supplemental Deeds thereto; provided that the manager shall ensure that the aggregate value of the assets comprising the portfolio shall consist of securities of the aggregate value required from time to time by the Act. The Trustee shall ensure that the investment policy set out in this supplemental deed, the Deed and in all Supplemental Deeds thereto is carried out. For the purpose of this portfolio, the manager in consultation with the Investment Manager, shall reserve the right to close the portfolio to new investors on a date determined by the manager. This will be done in order to be able to manage the portfolio in accordance with its mandate. The manager may, once a portfolio has been closed, open that portfolio again to new investors on a date determined by the manager.