The Fund seeks to provide capital appreciation over the medium to long term by investing in equities and equity-linked instruments in Asian markets (ex Japan).
Equity Fund EPF – MIS
19 July 2006
18 July 2018
The price of Units for MYR Class will be based on the NAV per Unit.
The initial offer period for USD Class, SGD Class, AUD Class and GBP Class will be one (1) day which is on the date of the Prospectus.
The initial offer period for the existing MYR Class has ended.
This Fund is an open-ended fund where it does not have a fixed maturity date and may only be terminated in accordance with the terms of the Prospectus and the provisions of the Deed.
Suitable for investors who have a medium to long term investment horizon, high risk tolerance and seek higher returns from their investment compared to the performance benchmark
The Fund will focus on achieving its objective by investing in a diversified portfolio consisting a minimum of 70% of the Fund’s NAV in equities and a maximum of 30% of the Fund’s NAV in debentures, money market instruments and/or deposits.
As the Fund focuses on participating in growth opportunities in the Asia ex Japan region, the Fund’s investments will be primarily into equities listed on Asian ex Japan markets, Secondarily, the Fund will also hold the flexibility to invest up to a maximum of 30% of the Fund’s NAV into opportunities outside the Asian ex Japan to capitalise on sectors and/or markets that would benefit from the growth prospects of the Asian ex Japan region.
While the Fund’s core investments will remain in equities, the Fund holds the option to invest into fixed income instruments such as debentures, money market instruments and deposits. The selection of fixed income instrument will not be constrained by credit ratings of issuances. However, the selection will depend largely on its credit quality where the respective issuers display strong ability to meet their financial obligations, healthy cash-flow, the collateral type, value, claims priority as well as offer highest safety for timely payment of interest and principal.
We typically take an active trading policy where we look to maintain some core holdings that are held over the long term which is similar to a buy and hold strategy. We will also maintain a trading portion for the portfolio, which we use to take advantage by participating in investment opportunities that are set to benefit from prevailing market conditions, with the aim of boosting the Fund’s performance.
To achieve its objective, the Fund will also have the flexibility to hold exposure in warrants as well as collective investment schemes that have similar investment objective to the Fund.
To meet its objective, the Fund will maintain a minimum of 70% of the Fund’s NAV in investments listed or issued within the Asia ex Japan markets. The Fund will have flexibility to invest up to 30% of its NAV in investments listed or issued in foreign markets outside the Asia ex Japan region. The decision to invest into foreign markets will be opportunistically driven where we would week investments that could provide a potential to enhance the returns of the Fund. The Fund will invest only into countries where the regulatory authorities are ordinary or associate members of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).
Derivative trades may be carried out for hedging purposes through financial instruments including, but not limited to, forward contracts, futures contracts and swaps. Future and forward contracts are generally contracts between two parties to trade an asset at an agreed price on a pre-determined future date. Swaps, whereas, is an agreement to swap or exchange two financial instruments between two parties.
The intention of hedging is to protect the value of the asset from any adverse price movements. For example, to hedge against foreign currency exchange risk, the Fund may enter into a currency forward contract to offset any adverse foreign currency movements by determining an agreed rate for an agreed tenure with the counterparty. While these hedging transactions would protect the Fund against potential losses, trades for hedging purposes would also limit the returns that the Fund may have potentially received from foreign exchange gains would the Fund not have hedged its foreign currency exposure.
Temporary Defensive Position
We hold the option to take temporary defensive positions that may be inconsistent with the Fund’s principal strategy and asset allocation to protect the Fund against adverse market conditions that may impact financial markets. To manage the risk of the Fund, we may shift the Fund’s focus and exposure into lower risk investments such as deposits or money market instruments.