BlackRock Asia D

  • 230.70p
    Price (Inc)

    These are the shares in the fund that pay out an income to clients. The income is made up of the total dividends – the money a company can pay out to its investors – from the companies in the fund.

  • -
    Price (Acc)

    These are the shares in the fund that don’t pay out an income to clients. Any dividends – the money a company can pay out to its investors – are reinvested into companies in the fund. Despite no income, the shares should be worth more over time. Good incentive, eh?

  • 0.00%

    Initial charge

    Some funds charge you when you first invest, which is aptly known as the initial charge. They’re usually between 3-5% but at Bestinvest, we usually don’t charge you a penny!

  • 0.75%
    Annual management charge

    This is how much the fund management company charges to run the fund. It’s like paying a babysitter, dog sitter or house sitter (that makes well-informed, heavily researched changes to improve your baby/dog/house when needed).

  • 0.93%
    Ongoing charges

    This stands for Ongoing Charges Figure. It’s the cost of running a fund and includes admin fees, manager fees, administration costs, etc.

  • 0.70%

    How much the fund is currently paying out in income to investors. It’s NOT to be confused with the overall growth of a fund – a very different thing indeed. It’s also NOT a guarantee of future pay-outs, just a snapshot. This is more what it’s not than what it is…

Prices as at 11 June 2021

The Fund aims to achieve long-term capital growth by investing primarily in shares of companies domiciled in or exercising the predominant part of their economic activity in Asia, excluding Japan.

Fund summary

Sector Asia Pacific Excluding Japan
Structure UNIT TRUST
Launched June, 2013
Size £124m
Yield 0.70%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid Acc units only


Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.39%
Annual management charge 0.75%
Ongoing charges figure 0.93%


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Investment process

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 16/17 0.28%
  • 17/18 -0.09%
  • 18/19 -0.24%
  • 19/20 0.04%
  • 20/21 0.03%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years -0.06%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 0.07%
  • 3 years 54.00%
  • 5 years 70.20%
  • Career 88.90%

Performance figures are based on the average of monthly percentage returns relative to the benchmark index.

Andrew Swan

Swan is the Head of Asian Equities of the Fundamental Equity division at BlackRock. He is responsible for managing several regional equity portfolios, setting regional equity investment strategy and developing BlackRock's Asian investment platform and capabilities. Before joining BlackRock in August 2011, Swan was with JP Morgan for 17 years.

Track record

Andrew Swan has 7.8 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.07%. During the worst period of relative performance (from April 2017 - October 2018) there was a decline of 7% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 20%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 89%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -20.00% (April 2015 - September 2015)
Relative -7.00% (April 2017 - October 2018)

About the MRI

Our unique indicator: the Bestinvest Manager Record Index (MRI) measures the likelihood that the fund manager is adding value through their decisions. It is based on their performance record over the course of their career, adjusted for the amount of risk taken. MRI is an important contributor to our fund rating system but it is also vital to take account of qualitative factors. It is also very important to select funds to form a cohesive portfolio with an appropriate overall risk level.


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Top 10 holdings

Data accurate as at 31 July 2020

9.5595% Tencent Hldgs Ltd
8.0731% Alibaba Group Hldg Ltd
7.0118% Taiwan Semiconductor Co
6.8036% Samsung Electronics Co
2.8228% China Construction Bank
2.274% Cnooc
2.2629% Bharti Airtel
2.2409% Hon Hai Precision Industry
2.0655% China Mengniu Dairy Co
2.006% Yum China Hldgs Inc
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Information Technology 21.00%
Consumer Discretionary 17.00%
Communications 16.00%
Financials 16.00%
Real Estate 6.00%
Energy 5.00%
Consumer Staples 4.00%
Industrials 4.00%
Health Care 4.00%
Materials 3.00%

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