Threadneedle Latin America Z

A relatively concentrated portfolio focusing on large cap stocks in Latin America

  • 97.24p
    Price (Inc)

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    Price (Acc)

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    Initial charge

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  • 0.75%
    Annual management charge

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  • 0.94%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 1.70%

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Prices as at 19 January 2021

The portfolio aims to take advantage of opportunities throughout the economic cycle by investing in equities across Latin America. The investment process incorporates company analysis and valuation as well as judgements about sectors. The fund invests mainly in large and mid sized companies, predominantly those based in Brazil and Mexico as they dominate its investment universe.

Fund summary

Sector Specialist
Structure OEIC
Launched October, 2012
Size £313m
Yield 1.70%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid Acc units only


Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 0.75%
Ongoing charges figure 0.94%


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Investment process

The fund’s investment universe comprises around 130 stocks. These are principally taken from the MSCI Latin American 10/40 index, but off benchmark stocks may also be included, often companies with Latin American assets that are listed elsewhere. This number is reduced to around 95 that the team formally cover by screens for liquidity, transparency and size. The investment process begins with allocation of capital by sector to reflect the team's economic assumptions and investment strategy. They then aim to pick the best companies in each sector. The central feature of stock selection is Return on Capital Employed (ROCE). This is because the manager believes that historically the cost of capital within the region has been very high, so identifying companies that are creating shareholder value is key. The team create financial models for all companies covered, as well as carrying out around 200 company meetings a year.

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Average monthly relative returns

  • 16/17 -0.36%
  • 17/18 -0.28%
  • 18/19 -0.10%
  • 19/20 0.21%
  • 20/21 0.57%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.23%
  • 5 years 0.01%
  • Career -0.01%
  • 3 years 79.70%
  • 5 years 62.60%
  • Career 60.60%

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

Ilan Furman

Furman joined Threadneedle in 2011. Prior to this he worked as an investment manager at Pictet. He has also been employed at Deloitte as a consultant and at Oscar Gruss as a junior analyst. Furman has an Economics degree from Ben Gurion University in Israel and an MBA from Imperial College, London. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Track record

Ilan Furman has 5.2 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been -0.01%. During the worst period of relative performance (from November 2015 - January 2019) there was a decline of 14% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 43%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -43.00% (July 2019 - March 2020)
Relative -14.00% (November 2015 - January 2019)

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 May 2020

5.5% Petroleo Brasileiro Sa Petrobras
5.2% Wal-Mart De Mexico Sab De Cv
5% Fomento Economico Mexcano Sab De Cv
4.6% Globant Sa
4.4% Itausa Investimentos Itau Sa
4.1% Banco Bradesco Sa
4% America Movil Sab De Cv
3.9% Vale Sa
3.6% Magazine Luiza Sa
3.4% Rumo Sa
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Financials 18.00%
Consumer Discretionary 16.00%
Information Technology 13.00%
Materials 12.00%
Consumer Staples 12.00%
Energy 6.00%
Industrials 5.00%
Health Care 5.00%
Communications 4.00%
Cash & Cash Equivalents 4.00%


Approximately 40-60 holdings.


There are no formal stock or sector constraints. Stocks with a market capitalisation below $300m are generally excluded. Tracking error targeted at 4-8%.

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