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NAV on 2019/09/13
NAV on 2019/09/12 318.96
52 week high on 2019/03/19 330.04
52 week low on 2018/12/18 305.3
Total Expense Ratio on 2019/06/30 1.39
Total Expense Ratio (performance fee) on 2019/06/30 0
NAV Incl Dividends
1 month change 2.74% 2.74%
3 month change 0.36% 0.36%
6 month change -2.3% 3.12%
1 year change -0.82% 4.68%
5 year change 0.27% 4.32%
10 year change 3.35% 6.96%
Price data is updated once a day.
  • Sectoral allocations
Derivatives 10.28 6.86%
Fixed Interest 2.60 1.73%
General Equity 49.72 33.17%
Gilts 34.80 23.22%
Liquid Assets -10.89 -7.27%
Other Sec 12.26 8.18%
Real Estate 19.39 12.94%
Offshore 31.72 21.16%
  • Top five holdings
U-PSCEAQU 28.14 18.77%
U-PSCPROP 19.39 12.94%
FUTURES M 10.28 6.86%
  • Performance against peers
  • Fund data  
Management company:
Prescient Management Company Ltd. (PIM)
Formation date:
ISIN code:
Short name:
South African--Multi Asset--High Equity
Headline CPI
Contact details




  • Fund management  
Guy Toms
Guy is Prescient's Chief Investment Strategist and one of its co-founders. After graduation, Guy worked as a bond analyst and manager, and as derivatives specialist at asset management houses including Colonial Mutual, Cape Gilt Investments and Southern Life. At Investec, Guy worked as a bond manager and was responsible for all derivative exposure in the pension funds. He then joined District Securities Bank where he was later appointed a Bank Director, before leaving to establish Prescient Investment Management with Herman Steyn
Nafees Hossain
Haakon Kavli

  • Fund manager's comment

Prescient Absolute Balanced Fund Comment - Mar 19

2019/05/24 00:00:00
What a difference a quarter makes! The Federal Reserve indicated that less interest rate hikes are on the cards to which, markets actually began pricing in probabilities of rate cuts. At the same time, concerns over the trade war between the US and China seemed to evaporate. This, along with attractive initial valuations across asset classes, led to capital flowing back into developed and emerging market equities. Most equity markets rallied strongly over the quarter with the MSCI World and MSCI Emerging Markets indices adding 11.9% and 9.6% respectively. At the same time, the S&P500 Index rose by 13.7% whilst Mainland Chinese equities rallied an astonishing 28%. Bonds, property and currency returns were flat whilst preference shares rose by 7%.
The Top40 Index started the year around the 47000 level but charged through 50000 as the quarter was nearing a close and in so doing, rose by 8.5% over the period. Over the same period, the Capped Swix 40 Index returned only 2.8%. In this index, constituent weights are limited to a maximum of 10% compared to the Top40 Index where there are no limits. The Fund hence did not manage to participate in the strong Naspers performance over the past quarter compared to the Top40 Index but it is a dual edged sword, in that the Fund also did not participate as heavily in the -30% decline in the share from September to October last year. We prefer the limited weighting and risk control that the Capped Swix 40 Index provides over the Top 40 Index. As a result of the Fund's offshore equity, fixed interest and preference share exposure, it gained 5.6% over the quarter.
Contributors to performance: The major driver of performance was the Fund's offshore equity holding (10% in developed market equities and 15% in emerging market equities) given the strong rally across both developed and emerging markets.
Detractors from performance: While local listed property started the year strongly, it has since traced back to the levels seen at the start of the year and impacted Fund performance over the last month. The rand (despite some volatility) was unchanged over the quarter.
  • Fund focus and objective  
The Fund aims to return CPI + 5% per annum over a full market cycle with less capital risk than the average balanced fund.
The Fund invests in a diversified portfolio including cash, capital markets, equities and property, with active asset allocation. Derivatives can be utilised to reduce downside risk when pricing warrants this. The equity selection is active. The Fund is well diversified globally and the offshore allocation and currency exposure is managed actively.
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