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Schroder ISF Asian Total Return C GBP

An Asian equity fund that aims to mitigate some of the downside risk through derivatives based on a top-down view.

  • 45767.90p
    Price (Inc)

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  • -
    Price (Acc)

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  • 3.09% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.00%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.30%
    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.

  • 1.40%

    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 21 September 2021, fund data last updated 18 March 2019

This fund targets capital growth and income through investment in equities in the Asia-Pacific region excluding Japan. Managers Robin Parbrook and Lee King Fuei are based in London and Singapore respectively, and work closely with Schroders' locally-based research team. They focus on quality companies and invest with a total return mindset, aiming to maximise investor return, rather than simply beating an index. To achieve this, they use derivatives to mitigate downside risk where feasible, though their use is dependent on prevailing market conditions. This fund is closely related to the Schroder Asian Total Return Investment Company.

Fund summary

Sector Specialist
Launched July, 2008
Size £4,703m
Yield 1.40%
Charging basis Capital
Dividends paid Jan


Standard initial charge 3.09%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.00%
Ongoing charges figure 1.30%


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Investment process

Schroders' Asian analysts use proprietary ranking systems that combine valuation, momentum and quality measures as well as detailed quantitative and qualitative measures to score stocks 1-4. As part of their quality focus, the managers believe companies that are focused on long-term shareholder value creation should outperform peers. Stocks are carefully selected based on coverage by the analyst team, and there is a focus on absolute upside to create a long-only equity portfolio. The managers then applies country screens based on a twelve-month view, and uses derivatives such as index futures to remove country risk where the view is negative. Finally the team uses a tactical screen that assesses the overall Asian market on a three to six month view and uses derivatives such as put options to further limit downside potential if the view is negative. Investors should note that the use of these derivatives will depend on the perceived cost-effectiveness and ultimately the managers' judgement. As a result, such risk-mitigation elements will not always be in place, and the fund should be viewed primarily as a long-only equity product.

This strategy was originally set up for the managers' own money, making them highly aligned with investors. The fund benefits from strong stockpicking from the experienced management duo who are able to feed off the substantial resources of Schroders’ Asian analyst team. Their downside protection mechanisms are an attractive feature for many investors, though the fund still has significant overall market exposure and will still tend to lose money in falling markets. This strategy is soft-closed as the managers prefer to protect the level of performance achievable rather than gather assets. Holders should also note that there are similarities between this fund and other Schroder Asia Pacific mandates, so should be wary of concentration risk.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 16/17 -0.08%
  • 17/18 -0.18%
  • 18/19 0.16%
  • 19/20 0.32%
  • 20/21 0.39%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.29%
  • 5 years 0.12%
  • Career 0.35%
  • 3 years 96.40%
  • 5 years 91.80%
  • Career 99.60%

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

Robin Parbrook / King Fuei Lee

Parbrook is Co-Head of Asian Equity Alternative Investments and is based in London. He has over 25 years of experience having joined Schroders in 1990. In his tenure he has spent years in London, Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Singapore to focus on Asian investment strategies. He has an MA in Economics and Accountancy from Edinburgh University. Fuei Lee is Co-Head of Asian Equity Alternative Investments and is based in Singapore. He has over 16 years of experience having begun his career in 2000 initially covering global stocks. In 2001 he moved to work with the Asian investment team in Singapore.

Track record

Robin Parbrook / King Fuei Lee has 13.1 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.35%. During the worst period of relative performance (from February 2009 - September 2009) there was a decline of 9% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 22%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is more than 99%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -22.00% (August 2008 - November 2008)
Relative -9.00% (February 2009 - September 2009)

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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50-60 stocks


Single positions are limited to 5% at time of purchase. There are no sector level limits, but the maximum country limits are: Australia/New Zealand (50%), Hong Kong (40%), China (30%), India (20%) and Malaysia (15%).

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