The Methodical BCI Bond Fund aims to generate returns above the JSE All Bond Index (“ALBI”) over time, utilising active bond management combined with strategies which aim to reduce risk. The portfolio will predominantly invest in South African government bonds, cash and high-quality capital market instruments. The portfolio will use duration management, yield enhancements via credit exposure and risk management strategies to generate index beating returns. This portfolio will typically have longer duration bond exposure in line with the ALBI, resulting in the potential for some capital volatility over the shorter term.
The portfolio is managed with the aim to minimize the probability of capital losses over one-year rolling periods. In order to achieve this objective, the investments normally to be included in the portfolio will comprise a combination of assets in liquid form and a combination of bonds and interest bearing securities, including loan stock, debentures, debenture bonds, money market instruments, corporate debt and non-equity securities. The portfolio may also invest in participatory interests or any other form of participation in portfolios of collective investment schemes or other similar collective investment schemes as the Act may allow from time to time, and which are consistent with the portfolio's investment policy.
Where the aforementioned schemes are operated in territories other than South Africa, participatory interests or any other form of participation in portfolios of these schemes will be included in the portfolio only where the regulatory environment is, to the satisfaction of the manager and the trustee, of sufficient standard to provide investor protection at least equal to that in South Africa. The portfolio may from time to time invest in listed and unlisted financial instruments, in accordance with the provisions of the Act, and the Regulations thereto, as amended from time to time, in order to achieve the portfolio's investment objective.
The manager may also include forward currency, interest rate and exchange rate swap transactions for efficient portfolio management purposes. The Trustee shall ensure that the investment policy set out in this Supplemental Deed is carried out. For the purpose of this portfolio, the manager shall reserve the right to close the portfolio to new investors on a date determined by the manager. This will be done in order to be able to manage the portfolio in accordance with its mandate. The manager may, once a portfolio has been closed, open that portfolio again to new investors on a date determined by the manager.