Schroder Asian Alpha Plus L

Invests in companies in the Asia ex Japan.

  • 125.20p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 135.70p
    Price (Acc)

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  • 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 0.68%
    Annual management charge

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  • 0.87%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 0.80%
    Yield

    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, fund data last updated 26 October 2015

The fund aims to achieve capital growth through investment in securities in the Asia (ex Japan) region. Manager Matthew Dobbs is unconstrained by any benchmark and leverages fundamental research from a large group of analysts based across the region. The fund invests in a portfolio of 50-70 quality companies with a focus on those with positive cash flow, balance sheet strength and valuation support.

Fund summary

Sector Asia Pacific Excluding Japan
Structure UNIT TRUST
Launched October, 2013
Size £1,233m
Yield 0.80%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 31 Aug

Charges

Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 0.68%
Ongoing charges figure 0.87%

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Investment process

The investment process is bottom-up with top-down overlay. The manager works off the wide international network of in-house career sector analysts. The analysts use proprietary models to assess prospective earnings growth, quality of earnings, competitive position, barriers and entry and focus on shareholder value. Following extensive research the analysts generate a recommendation for each stock based on a 1 to 4 rating scale (with 1 being a strong buy). The primary source of stock ideas will focus on strong buys although other stocks will not be disregarded. The manager also uses his extensive network of contacts alongside selective use of sell-side research. The manager then uses a top-down overlay to determine the country allocation. This overlay consists of a combination of proprietary models, independent macro research and a central Schroder economic team.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

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  • 20/21 0.00%

Bestinvest MRI

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  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 0.02%
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  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 0.00%

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

Matthew Dobbs

Born in 1959, Dobbs graduated in History & Economics from Oxford. His investment career commenced in 1981 when he joined Schroders as a UK Investment Analyst. He was seconded to New York in 1983 and from 1985 he was Head of the Investment Division in Singapore. He returned to London in 1987 with responsibility for specialist Far Eastern equity portfolios. In 1996 Dobbs returned to Singapore as Global Regional Managing Director of SIM in South East Asia. Since 1999 he has managed Pacific Basin equities and is also responsible for multi-regional small cap portfolios.

Track record

The track record of Matthew Dobbs 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.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -50.00% (June 2001 - January 2003)
Relative -11.00% (June 2001 - July 2001)

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

9.42% Samsung Electronics Co
8.61% Taiwan Semiconductor Co
8.61% Tencent Hldgs Ltd
7.54% Alibaba Group Hldg Ltd
3.47% Aia Group Ltd
2.79% Galaxy Entertainment Group
2.66% Samsung Sdi
2.61% Bhp Group Plc
2.41% Hdfc Bank Ltd
2.3% Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Information Technology 27.00%
Consumer Discretionary 22.00%
Financials 19.00%
Communications 11.00%
Industrials 5.00%
Materials 4.00%
Others 3.00%
Real Estate 3.00%
Money Market 3.00%
Health Care 2.00%

Portfolio

The portfolio consist of between 50-70 stocks. The cash level target is <5%.

Constraints

Stocks are restricted to +/- 10% at time of purchase.

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