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AXA Rosenberg All Country Asia Pacific Ex-Japan Small Cap Alpha Fund

ISIN IE0008367009

Last NAV 78.2800 USD as of 18/02/20


Investment objectives

The aim of the Sub-Fund is to provide long-term capital growth above that of the MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex-Japan Small Cap Index on a rolling three year basis.The MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex-Japan Small Cap Index is designed to measure the performance of shares of smaller companies listed on the main stock exchanges of developed and emerging market countries in the Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan). The index's composition is available on www.msci.com.


Synthetic Risk & Reward Information scale

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The risk category is calculated using historical performance data and may not be a reliable indicator of the Sub-Fund's future risk profile. The risk category shown is not guaranteed and may shift over time. The lowest category does not mean risk free.

Why is this Fund in this category?

The capital of the Sub-Fund is not guaranteed. The Sub-Fund is invested in financial markets and uses techniques and instruments which are subject to some levels of variation, which may result in gains or losses.

Additional risks

Liquidity Risk: some investments may trade infrequently and in small volumes. As a result the fund manager may not be able to sell at a preferred time or volume or at a price close to the last quoted valuation. The fund manager may be forced to sell a number of such investments as a result of a large redemption of units in the Sub-Fund. Depending on market conditions, this could lead to a significant drop in the Sub-Fund's value and in extreme circumstances lead the Sub-Fund to be unable to meet its redemptions. Stock Lending: the Sub-Fund may enter into securities lending agreements and as a result be subject to increased counterparty risk. Should the counterparty fail financially, the securities received will be called upon. However in the event of significant market volatility at the time of default the value of those securities received could fall below the value of the lent securities. In this instance the manager would not have sufficient cash to purchase the equivalent value of securities lent out which could result in a significant negative impact on the Sub-Fund's value. Risk linked to Method and Model: attention is drawn to the fact that the Sub-Fund's strategy is based on the utilisation of a proprietary share selection model. The effectiveness of the model is not guaranteed and the utilisation of the model may not result in the investment objective being met. Operational Risk: the Sub-Fund is subject to the risk of loss resulting from inadequate or failed internal processes, people or systems or those of third parties such as those responsible for the custody of the Sub-Fund's assets.

Investment horizon

This Fund may not be suitable for investors who plan to withdraw their contribution within 5 years.

Fund manager comment : 31/12/19

Asia Pacific small-cap markets (excluding Japan) had a strong final quarter of the year, with an improvement in the US-China relationship and its potential positive impact on global growth supporting performance. Chinese stocks, in particular, surged during the quarter, also helped by the People’s Bank of China amending its benchmark lending rates, which could lower borrowing costs and fuel economic expansion. Hong Kong stocks managed to post strong gains over the quarter, with trade advancements outweighing the negative impact of ongoing domestic political protests. Australian stocks were also up robust, rising on hopes of continued monetary easing from the Reserve Bank of Australia. The Fund rose in value and outperformed its benchmark index during the quarter, net of fees and expenses applicable to the A USD share class. The outperformance was largely driven by rewarded stock selection, while active risk positioning and industry exposure detracted from returns. Among style risk factors, the strategy’s focus on identifying companies that are relatively cheap compared to their book value was unrewarded, although the Fund’s bias towards stocks with higher dividend yield was beneficial this quarter. Among industries, the underweight to pharmaceutical companies acted as a drag on performance as the health care sector outperformed the broader market. In contrast, the benchmark-relative overweight positions in IT hardware-related areas were among the most significant tailwinds to returns, as the sector was supported by strong expectations for the semiconductor equipment market’s recovery in 2020. The positions in Taiwan’s Walsin Technology, Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology, Sino-American Silicon Products and Australia’s Codan all featured among the top contributors. Less helpful this quarter was the holding of Australia’s lottery company Jumbo Interactive, whose shares dropped due to profit taking after a stellar run in 2019.


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First NAV date 30/09/99


Distribution country

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United Kingdom


Ongoing Charges 1.02%

Fund facts

Currency USD
Start date 30/09/99
RI fund False
Legal authority Central Bank of Ireland

Portfolio management

Fund Manager Anubhuti GUPTA
Investment team MT Rosenberg Asia Equity


Investment area Asia Pacific ex-Japan
Legal form Unit Trust

Subscription and redemption

The subscription, conversion or redemption orders must be received by the Registrar and Transfer Agent, no later than 1 p.m. Irish time one business day before the relevant Dealing (business) Day. Orders will be processed at the Net Asset Value calculated for that Dealing Day.Please note that there may be additional processing time if your order is placed via intermediaries such as platforms, financial advisors or distributors.The Net Asset Value of this Sub-Fund is calculated on a daily basis. Minimum initial investment: USD 100,000 Minimum subsequent investment: USD 5,000