NAV on 2019/03/20
|NAV on 2019/03/19
|52 week high on 2018/08/29
|52 week low on 2018/11/23
|Total Expense Ratio on 2018/12/31
|Total Expense Ratio (performance fee) on 2018/12/31
Sanlam Collective Investments
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Koos le Roux
Trésor SCI Equity Fund - Sep 18
It was an emotional rollercoaster ride of ups and downs in the third quarter for investors, especially when looking at returns in Rand terms. At its weakest, the Rand traded at R15.41 to the US Dollar on close prices, and at its strongest at R13.11 in a massive band that is more than 17.5% wide. The JSE All Share Index experienced a similar ride, after having a relatively flat July it produced a decent 2.3% return for August, but September saw all of this (and then some) erased with a loss of 4.2%, leaving the South African Benchmark Equity Index down 3.8% year to date at the end of the Quarter. Even though some of the volatility can be attributed to local political issues, the bulk of it was contagion from issues in Turkey and negative implications for Emerging markets resulting from Trump’s trade wars, with global investors purely trading South African assets as a proxy given their favourable relative trade volumes and liquidity.
There have been quite a few changes in the Trèsor Funds of late, resulting from a change in the management of the funds, with the specific mandate to improve ASISA sector relative returns whilst bringing costs in the funds down. The fee reduction will take some time to reflect, as when referring to the TIC there are technicalities relating to calculation methodologies impacting the fee adversely through the seeding period, which carries through for the first three years. In reality, the all-in cost any current Investors is exposed to is quite a bit lower (as much as 1% lower in the Equity fund), with plans to reduce it significantly further over the months to come.
The forces likely to drive the markets in the medium term have not changed, being the effects of trade talks between the US and China on the Global side, and President Ramaphosa trying to balance the needs of the many with the cost of wiping out government inefficiencies and corruption, which will not happen overnight. We appreciate that the South African investment market has been difficult to navigate for years. The age-old philosophy of holding risk assets to provide returns has not paid off, leaving investors frustrated as one would have been better off in the likes of cash. It might feel like South Africa was unique in this context when comparing to global indices such as the MSCI All Country World Index, but the fact is that apart from the U.S., most other investment markets around the world have had the same experience.
This is hidden in the fact that the US has become such a big component of the global market that the numbers are somewhat distorted when viewed in unison.
From our perspective, this is the perfectly wrong time to change stance and reduce risk assets. Missing out on positive returns is every bit as hurtful as taking part in losses over the long run, and from a value perspective the situation has created plenty of opportunities.
The portfolio will invest in assets in liquid form and in shares, across all economic groups and industry sectors of the JSE Securities Exchange South Africa as well as across the range of large, mid and smaller cap shares and such other financial instruments as may be permitted by prevailing regulations. The investment manager will also be allowed to invest in listed and unlisted financial instruments (derivatives) as allowed by the Act from time to time in order to achieve its investment objective.
The Manager shall be permitted to invest on behalf of the portfolio in offshore investments as legislation permits. Apart from the above, the portfolio may also invest in participatory interests of portfolios of collective investment schemes registered in the Republic of South Africa or of participatory interests in collective investment schemes or other similar schemes operated in territories with a regulatory environment which is to the satisfaction of the Manager and the Trustee of a sufficient standard to provide for investor protection which is at least equivalent to that in South Africa.