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NAV on 2019/05/23
NAV on 2019/05/22 118.24
52 week high on 2018/08/29 124.64
52 week low on 2018/11/21 111.49
Total Expense Ratio on 2018/06/30 0.55
Total Expense Ratio (performance fee) on 2018/06/30 0
NAV Incl Dividends
1 month change -3.52% -3.52%
3 month change -0.8% 1.28%
6 month change 5.3% 7.51%
1 year change 0.32% 5.25%
5 year change 0% 0%
10 year change 0% 0%
Price data is updated once a day.
  • Sectoral allocations
Basic Materials 18.96 6.54%
Bonds 41.32 14.26%
Consumer Goods 6.84 2.36%
Consumer Services 10.15 3.50%
Derivatives 1.10 0.38%
Financials 31.62 10.91%
Fixed Interest 57.43 19.82%
Gilts 1.11 0.38%
Health Care 2.59 0.89%
Industrials 4.79 1.65%
Liquid Assets 3.10 1.07%
Spec Equity 6.63 2.29%
Specialist Securities 45.93 15.85%
Technology 25.72 8.88%
Telecommunications 4.80 1.66%
Offshore 27.59 9.52%
  • Top five holdings
U-SALLBON 41.32 14.26%
U-DBTRWLD 31.60 10.91%
 NASPERS-N 25.72 8.88%
U-ENINCSY 23.65 8.16%
U-NEDCSHP 16.99 5.86%
  • Performance against peers
  • Fund data  
Management company:
Sygnia Collective Investments RF (Pty) Ltd
Formation date:
ISIN code:
Short name:
South African--Multi Asset--Medium Equity
FTSE/JSE SWIX Index - 37.00%; SA Listed Property Index - 2.50%; BEASSA All Bond Index - 22.50%; Stefi Index 15%;MSCI All Country World Index 18%; Barclays Capital Global Aggregate Index 5%
Contact details




  • Fund management  
Iain Anderson
Rian Brand

  • Fund manager's comment

Sygnia Skeleton Balanced 60 Comment -Dec 18

2018/12/12 00:00:00
The third quarter of 2018 marked the 11th anniversary of the Global Financial Crisis and, as liquidity dried up over the US summer holidays, markets once again experienced heightened volatility. Emerging market contagion was the main driver as concerns spread from Argentina’s fiscal problems and IMF bailout and Turkey’s twin deficits to Brazil’s contentious elections, Russia’s US sanctions and South Africa’s economic recession. Global traders came up with another acronym: BRATS. South Africa is the only country within BRATS that has not seen its credit rating downgraded to junk, albeit our markets are pricing in that downgrade. Beyond the idiosyncratic risks of the BRATS, the strong US dollar and rising US interest rates continue to lead to outflows from emerging markets, weakening their currencies and forcing them to hike interest rates once again to anchor inflation, a vicious cycle that puts further strain on their economies.
According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the number of global rate hikes is now at levels last seen before the Global Financial Crisis. Turkey, in a sign of capitulation, raised interest rates from 17.8% to 24%, while Russia increased rates for the first time in four years. The only positive is that this has been perceived as confirmation that the central banks of both countries remain relatively independent. At the same time, Argentina and Kenya implemented austerity measures to appease the IMF. Together with weaker than expected US consumer price inflation, these policy adjustments brought some calm to the emerging markets and their currencies by quarter end. Despite violent swings, the rand was only 2.9% weaker against the dollar over the quarter.
The US economy continued to strengthen, with equity markets hitting new highs, consumer confidence at its strongest levels in 18 years and jobless claims at 49-year lows. This has allowed the US Federal Reserve to increase interest rates for the third time this year and upgrade their growth expectations for 2019. Merrill Lynch’s survey of asset managers’ expectations reported the most favourable outlook for US earnings on record, reflected in the valuation of the S&P500 Index, which has outperformed the MSCI Emerging Market Index by 20% on a year-todate basis. US focus will move to the mid-term elections of 6 November, where polls suggest that the Democratic Party is likely to take the House of Representatives, while the Republicans will keep the Senate. This is not ideal, but is likely to paralyse President Donald Trump on the domestic policy front. Irrespective of the results, however, he will retain free reign on foreign policy issues.
The picture looks less rosy for the rest of the world, hit by a strengthening US dollar, oil prices at four-year highs and global trade wars. Oil remains a headwind to growth and rose to US$85/barrel as Trump announced sanctions on Iran’s energy industry and Venezuela’s supply decreased due to their economic crisis. The OECD has announced that global economic growth has peaked and lowered its growth forecasts for 2018, predominantly due to trade wars.
There seems to be no end to the US - China trade war, with both countries implementing second rounds of tariffs in September and China boycotting the annual UN Summit held in New York. The new tariffs bring the total value of Chinese goods levied with tariffs up to US$250bn, and Trump threatened to expand tariffs to include an additional US$267bn of Chinese imports, taking the total to over US$500bn, roughly the size of all Chinese imports. The yuan weakened to a 12-month low and the Shanghai Composite Index fell to a low 25% from its January highs. Chinese growth is slowing and the Chinese government is attempting to support growth with both fiscal and monetary support, but these have yet to make an impact.
In Europe, the ECB kept interest rates unchanged while lowering its growth forecasts. The ECB confirmed that it will end its €2.6 trillion stimulus programme by the end of 2018, with a first hike likely only in September 2019. The UK’s exit from the EU remains on the cards, but there is no deal in sight, as neither party is willing to compromise on the key issue of free movement of people. Further East, Russia held its biggest war games in four decades after Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called US sanctions a declaration of economic war.
In Japan, Prime Minister Shenzo Abe was reelected to his post on the back of the strongest economic growth in two years, despite inflation remaining close to zero and the Bank of Japan retaining stimulus measures. In Central and Latin America, Venezuela sold more oil assets to China in exchange for its badly needed financial support, a move that led Trump to threaten military action against the country. Sentiment remains unsettled by politics, with 41% of economic output from the G20 now governed by populists, up from about 4% in 2007. Brazil heads for key elections on 7 October. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says his government can’t adhere to EU budget rules, which sent Italian bond yields skyrocketing.
In South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa called for the constitution to be changed to allow land expropriation without compensation, causing massive investor anxiety. Economic data remained weak and inflation subdued as SA entered recession. In response, Ramaphosa presented a viable economic plan based on refocussing R50bn of expenditure towards stimulating economic growth. The plan includes the introduction of more competition in the telecommunications sector to bring down data costs, relaxation of visa requirements for foreigners to stimulate tourism, easing of immigration restrictions to bring in badly needed skills, finalisation of the Mining Charter, a R400bn infrastructure fund designed to create jobs, more private/public partnerships and some clarity on the land appropriation issue. However, there are no short-term solutions to the problems.
The quarter ended with the FTSE/JSE SWIX Index down 3.3%, the JSE All Bond Index up 0.8% and the rand 2.9% weaker relative to the US dollar.
The Sygnia Skeleton Balanced 60 Fund returned 0.9% for the quarter, marginally outperforming its strategic benchmark, which returned 0.7%. The Fund benefitted from its large offshore position, which protected it from the emerging market sell-off during the quarter, while the Fund’s mix of domestic risk assets over the quarter ultimately detracted from performance.
During the quarter we continued to downweight our emerging market exposure, particularly domestic equity and domestic bonds, which face both global and local headwinds. We continue to maintain a large offshore exposure, and the money we have taken offshore over the year remains in low-risk, liquid assets; we firmly believe that the increase in volatility will bring about buying opportunities. We are also looking at various protection strategies that will allow us to take on market exposure in a low-risk manner. The changes made to the Fund’s positioning are in line with its investment objective of maximising long-term returns, with some focus on managing the risk of short-term capital losses.
  • Fund focus and objective  
The Sygnia Skeleton Balanced 60 Fund is a South African - Multi Asset Medium Equity portfolio and shall comprise investments in multiple asset classes as set out below, which may also include international assets.
The portfolio is a balanced portfolio compliant with Regulation 28 of the Pension Funds Act and is benchmarked against a composite benchmark. The performance and risk benchmark for the Sygnia Skeleton Balanced 60 Fund shall consist of 55% equities (domestic and international), 30% bonds (domestic and international) and 15% money market (domestic and international). The portfolio shall consist of financially sound equity securities, property shares and property related securities listed on exchanges, fixed interest instruments and assets in liquid form.
The portfolio may also invest in listed and unlisted financial instruments, in accordance with the provisions of the Collective Investment Schemes Control Act and applicable legislation, as amended from time to time, in order to achieve the portfolio's investment objective. The Manager may also include unlisted forward currency, interest rate, index and exchange rate swap transactions for efficient portfolio management. In selecting securities for this portfolio, where possible, the manager shall seek to sustain long-term capital growth.
The portfolio may also invest in participatory interests and other forms of participation in portfolios of collective investment schemes, registered in South Africa and other similar schemes operated in territories with a regulatory environment which is, to the satisfaction of the manager and trustee, of a sufficient standard to provide investor protection at least equivalent to that in South Africa and which is consistent with the portfolio's primary objective. The effective equity exposure (including foreign equities but excluding listed property shares) will always be below 60%. The Portfolio will not exceed a combined foreign and domestic equity exposure of 60% (excluding listed property).
The Portfolio will not exceed listed property exposure of 25%. The Portfolio will not exceed a combined equity and property exposure of 85%.
The Portfolio aims to achieve its investment objectives whilst recognising that there will be significant short-term volatility and aims to protect capital over the long term.
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