NAV on 2019/03/19
|NAV on 2019/03/18
|52 week high on 2018/08/30
|52 week low on 2019/01/02
|Total Expense Ratio on 2018/12/31
|Total Expense Ratio (performance fee) on 2018/12/31
Sanlam Collective Investments
South African--Multi Asset--Medium Equity
FTSE/JSE SWIX 37.5%; BEASSA All Bond index 22.5%; STeFI 15%; MSCI World Equities 7.5%; $ LIBOR Rate 7.5%, JP Morgan Global Govt Bond Index 5%, SA Listed Property (J253) 5%
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SIM Managed Moderate FoF comment - Mar 16
Market review The yield difference (spread) between the South African 10-year USD sovereign bonds and the US 10-year sovereign bond is at about 3% and is still 0.5% higher than where it traded on average in 2014 and 2015. This spread has recovered substantially from its high of 3.85% in the wake of the surprise dismissal of the Minister of Finance by the President in December 2015. The spread reflects the risk of default by the South African Government on its USD bonds and is referred to as the sovereign risk premium of South Africa.
That some confidence has returned to the country is also evident from the strengthening of the rand, as well as the lowering in the inflation risk premium. Tenyear South African rand bonds strengthened, without any significant changes to the inflation outlook. The equity risk premium for companies that derive their income from the South African economy also improved, as is evident in the outperformance of the mid-cap and small-cap indices.
What we did during the quarter We added to local equities over the quarter through the SIM General Equity Fund and the SIM Top Choice Fund. Both of these funds have delivered consistent, solid long-term returns in an increasingly competitive category and are well ranked relative to peers. We also added to the SIM Enhanced Yield Fund, the performance of which is driven by the diversified blend of attractively yielding, good quality credit assets.
On the international front, the rand at heightened weak levels relative to the USD saw us bring back some local currency at fairly attractive levels. Even though the rand has recovered since then, it remains one of the weakest emerging market currencies relative to purchasing power parity. The rand remains more than two standard deviations cheap against the USD and one standard deviation cheap versus the GBP and EUR. We believe that purchasing power parity holds over the long run. This has been the case for the rand in 2001/2 and 2008 when it was cheap versus developed market currencies. In both cases the rand recovered to purchasing power parity. Our low exposure to offshore bonds was further reduced and we rebalanced our positions in the Sanlam Global Property and Sanlam World Equity Tracker Funds.
Local equities We retained our underweight position in South African equities. Even though South African equities are fairly priced using a bottom-up valuation of the individual companies, we continue to prefer global developed market equities ahead of SA equities. South African equities continue to trade at a substantial premium to other emerging markets on both a price to earnings and a price to book basis.
Local bonds | We retained our overweight position in SA long bonds. In January, they traded at yields of 9.6%, thus offering a 3.6% real return assuming inflation is at the upper end of the inflation target band for the next 10 years. A holder of SA 10- year bonds since 1900 received a real return of 1.8% per annum. We believe that the policy of a 3% to 6% inflation target band will be maintained. The SA Reserve Bank's recent rate hikes are to some extent a confirmation of this. The events in December surrounding the dismissal of the Minister of Finance and the reappointment of Minister Pravin Gordhan do give confidence that the government appointment of Minister Pravin Gordhan do give confidence that the government heeds financial markets. In all likelihood National Treasury's hand has been strengthened and it would find it easier to follow a prudent macro-economic policy that will be supportive of the inflation target. Over the next year or two, average inflation is likely to remain above the upper end of the target given the rand's depreciation and increasing food prices. There is also the possibility of a downgrade of South Africa's credit rating to sub-investment grade. Bond investors are well aware of these issues and their fears are more than likely reflected in the current bond prices. South African bonds are furthermore attractive relative to real returns available on bonds in other developing and developed markets.
Local listed property We retained our neutral holding in listed property. We prefer international listed property companies, which we believe are cheaper.
Global equities We retained an overweight position in global equities. We are of the opinion that on a relative basis, global equity remains an attractive asset class. The dividend yield of developed market equities is at 2.8%. This is higher than the average dividend yield of the past thirty years. Only in 2008 were dividend yields substantially higher than current levels.
Global bonds The real yield on offer from developed market bonds remains unattractive relative to more risky assets. We retained our underweight position in favour of international listed property.
Global property We retained our overweight position in international properties via the Sanlam Global Property Fund managed by AllianceBernstein in the UK. The average dividend yield of the portfolio compares very favourably relative to offshore cash and bonds.
The SIM Managed Moderate Fund of Funds is a portfolio with moderate risk qualities and investments are diversified across primarily cash, bond, property and equity asset classes. The primary objective of the portfolio is to achieve long-term capital growth and income generation at volatility levels that reflect a moderate risk profile. The underlying portfolios will at all times have an exposure to equities of between 40% and 60%, but this may vary depending on market conditions.