Legg Mason IF Martin Currie Asia Unconstrained X

An investment trust which invests in the Asia Pacific including Japan region.

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Prices as at 08 April 2020

The trust's objective is to achieve long-term capital growth through investing in the mature markets and developing economies of the Pacific Basin. From May 2011 it has a fixed 25% allocation to Japan though with some flexibility to have 10-40% in Japan. This coincided with a change of manager from John Millar to Andrew Graham.

Fund summary

Sector Asia Pacific Excluding Japan
Structure OEIC
Launched September, 2019
Size £29m
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Dividends paid Jul

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Annual management charge 0.75%
Ongoing charges figure 1.27%

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Investment process

The Aberdeen Asia Pacific team follow an integrated approach to portfolio construction, where bottom-up stock research is combined with regional and sectoral analysis. On a micro level they concentrate on the drivers behind changes in stock prices. On a macro level they concentrate on the outlook for economies, interest rates and stockmarkets.

We have no track record of the incoming manager and his deputy so cannot give a star rating to this investment trust.

Manager research

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

Andrew Graham

Graham has had over 20 years’ experience of managing Asia-Pacific equities. He joined Martin Currie in May 2010 from Sofaer Global Research (UK) where he was a partner and portfolio manager of the Sofaer Capital Pacific Hedge fund (since July 2004). In 1999, he joined Putnam Investments, where he was senior vice president, co-managing the International Capital Opportunities Fund as well as having regional responsibilities for Asia. Before this he worked at Kemper Investments, taking over the Japanese part of the Kemper International Fundn when he arrived in 1995. BA (Hons) Economics (University of Strathclyde)

Track record

The track record of Andrew Graham in managing mutual funds in this sector is still too short for us to draw any meaningful conclusions and so our assessment is based largely on qualitative aspects.

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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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Sector breakdown

Financials 24.00%
Information Technology 16.00%
Consumer Discretionary 15.00%
Communications 10.00%
Utilities 9.00%
Industrials 8.00%
Others 6.00%
Consumer Staples 4.00%
Cash & Cash Equivalents 4.00%
Health Care 2.00%

Portfolio

The trust typically has 80-100 holdings. It is benchmarked against the MSCI AC Asia Pacific Index

Constraints

Japan range 10-40%

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