NAV on 2021/07/26
|NAV on 2021/07/23
|52 week high on 2021/06/02
|52 week low on 2020/09/22
|Total Expense Ratio on 2021/06/30
|Total Expense Ratio (performance fee) on 2021/06/30
Prudential Portfolio Managers Unit Trusts Ltd.
ASISA South African - Equity - General Category Mean
Chris has been Head of Equity at Prudential Investment Managers since 2009. With 17 years’ experience in investment management, Chris joined Prudential in 2004 as an Industrial Analyst. He is Portfolio Manager of the Prudential Equity Fund, which has won several Raging Bull and Morningstar Awards under his management. He is responsible for research on the Food, Beverages, Pharmaceutical, Media and Telecommunications sectors.
Prudential Equity comment - Dec 19
The year ended on a high note for global equities as investors were able to breathe a sigh of relief on the back of a firm Phase 1 trade agreement between the US and China, as well as a decisive Tory election victory in the UK that paved the way for a less-uncertain Brexit. These events helped to improve sentiment towards global growth in 2020, as did the backdrop of easy global monetary policy, sparking a strong global equities rally. US equity markets reached fresh record highs in late December, helping global equities record their best annual gains since 2009 - the MSCI All Country World Index returned 27.3% for the year (in US$). In the face of brighter growth prospects, the Fed left interest rates on hold, and its December “dot plot” forecast pointed to no changes through 2020 and one 25bp rate hike in 2021. The central bank also noted that the US economic outlook was favourable. In the Eurozone, Christine Lagarde (the ECB’s new President) kept interest rates on hold at its December meeting and confirmed that its bond buying stimulus programme had re-started on 1 November. The Chinese economy continued to slow during the month, hurt by the trade war’s negative impact on Chinese exports and manufacturing. The government’s ongoing stimulus measures, including tax cuts, infrastructure spending and lower bank reserve requirements, have helped to cushion the broader economy, but December saw increasing pressure on the central bank to initiate further monetary easing.
SA equities were buoyed in December by the improved global growth outlook and risk-on sentiment, helping Resources counters in particular. The surprise resumption of load-shedding, and the possibility of it extending well into 2020, exacerbated the weak growth outlook, leading many analysts to expect a recession. The SARB’s model is forecasting one 25bp interest rate cut in Q3 2020. The FTSE/JSE ALSI returned 3.3% in December, with Resources returning an impressive 7.0%. Listed property (SAPY Index) was the worst-performing sector with a return of -2.1%. Financials delivered 0.7% and Industrials produced 2.3% for the month. Looking at global equity market returns (all in US$), emerging markets outperformed developed markets, with the MSCI Emerging Markets Index returning 7.5% and the MSCI World Index delivering 3.0%. The rand strengthened 4.4% against the US dollar, 2.1% against the pound sterling and 2.5% versus the euro.
Among the largest contributors to relative performance for the month were overweight positions in Impala Platinum, Sasol and Naspers. Detracting from relative performance were overweight positions in MTN and Multichoice, and an underweight position in Sibanye Gold.
The fund aims to provide broad-based exposure to shares that offer value and medium- to long-term growth. This includes all JSE-listed companies that meet the portfolio manager's value criteria. The Fund seeks out ''value situations'' by attempting to capture all components of return over time, including high dividend yield, earnings growth and possible market re-rating. The intended maximum limits are Equity 100%, Listed Property 10%, Offshore 15%. Who Should Invest? Individuals with a higher risk tolerance who are looking for outperformance of the South African equity market in varying market conditions, while limiting volatility relative to the FTSE/JSE All Share Index. The recommended investment horizon is 7 years or longer.