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Schroder Global Property Income Maximiser - Downgraded

The Schroder Global Property Income Maximiser fund targets a 7% annual yield through investment worldwide in listed property equities (although there will be a bias to US property companies). The fund will have some commonality with Schroder Global Property Securities, run by the same manager, but aims to pay higher dividends. To do this it employs the option writing strategy used successfully on Schroder Income Maximiser. The portfolio will always have a high weight to US REITs which is a well-established and dominant market and makes up about 50% of the global benchmark. We consider that US REITs are at risk of a correction as interest rates continue to rise so we now prefer funds focused on only European property shares over funds with a global remit.

Sustained capital growth has returned to UK commercial property. Capital values had been falling since September 2011. Back then this triggered us to switch our high conviction ratings away from UK physical property and into funds investing in global property shares; being invested in shares this also added equity risk to some portfolios. The prospects for UK commercial property are now more concrete and managers forecast 9-10% total return for 2013 and 10-12% for 2014. So we have reversed our stance, reducing our conviction in funds of property shares and increasing the rating of our preferred physical property funds. Physical property is also a better diversifier for mixed asset portfolios than property securities which will always have some level of correlation to broader equity markets.

To reflect the above considerations we have reduced the rating on Schroder Global Property Income Maximiser from four to three stars.

The value of investments, and the income derived from them, can go down as well as up and you can get back less than you originally invested. This article does not constitute personal advice. If you are in doubt as to the suitability of an investment please contact one of our advisers. Different funds carry varying levels of risk depending on the geographical region and industry sector in which they invest. You should make yourself aware of these specific risks prior to investing.