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Barings Asia Balanced Fund

NAV
as of 11/12/2019
USD 37.420

Fund Facts

Fund Type Mutual
Domicile Ireland
Umbrella Barings Global Opportunities Umbrella Fund

Share Class Info

Share Class Class A USD Acc
ISIN IE0030165983
Currency USD
Accumulating / Distributing Accumulative
Share Class Inception Date 31/05/1996

Objective

The  investment  objective  of  the  Barings  Asia Balanced Fund  (“the  Fund”)  is  aimed  specifically,  but  not exclusively,  at  meeting  the  investment  requirements  of  Hong  Kong-based  retirement  schemes,  and  its investment objective and policies have been tailored accordingly; namely, to achieve a long-term annualized real rate of return in excess of 2% per annum above Hong Kong wage inflation, when measured in Hong Kong dollar terms. Accordingly, it is the intention of the AIFM that the Fund will normally include a diversified range of international equities and debt securities, generally with a significant exposure to Asian equities. Investment may also be made in cash and money market instruments where considered appropriate in light of market conditions.

Strategy

The Fund is invested in the international equity and fixed-interest markets, with a significant bias towards the Asia Pacific equity markets. Investments are made using both a “top-down” and a “bottom-up” investment approach. Asset allocation and thematic investing are based on a disciplined top-down research process. Stock selection is based on the individual merits of a specific company, rather than taking a stance on the outcome of a sector of the market or macroeconomic trends such as interest rate rises.

Who Should Invest

The Fund is designed for Asian-domiciled investors seeking a strategy that targets long-term return through a global balanced portfolio with an Asian focus.

Risks

The Fund is primarily invested in global equities and bonds, with a focus on Asian equities. As such, the Fund is exposed to higher than normal volatility, compared to a standard global balanced fund. This is based on the fact that Asian share prices tend to be more volatile than their developed market counterparts. In order to reduce the volatility  in  the  portfolio,  the  Fund  has  also  invested  in  fixed-interest  investments.  Bonds  are  generally considered  to  be  safer  than  equities.  However,  their  value  can  be  significantly  reduced  by  interest  rate movement. When interest rates go up, bond values generally go down, and vice versa. Returns from overseas bond and equity markets can also be subject to fluctuations in exchange rates, which can have the effect of eroding or enhancing the value of investment returns for investors. Moreover, the Investment Manager regularly runs several risk reports, with the objective of assessing the implied risks taken in the portfolio, the result of which will lead the Investment Manager either to increase or reduce risk in the portfolio. Though we seek to achieve a long-term annualised real rate of return in excess of 2% per annum above Hong Kong wage inflation (when measured in Hong Kong dollar terms), this is not guaranteed.

Portfolio Managers

Jade Fu

Jade Fu

James Leung

James Leung

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