ASI Latin American Equity Fund I Acc
Rated Fund 2018-19. A team-based approach based on fundamental research
Aberdeen Latin American Equity, with its solid performance record and strong ratings, replaced two outgoing Latin American funds in 2018. It has underperformed its benchmark over the past year, owing in large part due to its significant weighting to Mexico. Its stock market plunged almost 20% last year due to political headlines and ongoing US/Mexico tensions.
We continue to rate the team approach and depth of the analytical resource of the Aberdeen Standard global emerging markets team. The longevity and stability of the team is a huge component of its success. The approach is collegiate and any decision must be approved by the whole team before being implemented within the portfolio.
The process reflects the team’s strong emphasis on quality, growing companies with management that is able to facilitate this growth. The portfolio boasts 43 companies with attributes such as sustainable, competitive business models, strong balance sheets, high returns on assets and capital, and good corporate governance. The process is entirely based on fundamental research, with four to five company visits typical before an investment is made. This quality focus is paired with a valuation discipline that ensures the managers do not overpay for growth.
FundCalibre, the fund ratings and research provider, rates this ‘Elite’ fund and says the asset manager’s labour-intensive and cautious approach lends itself well to volatile and less well-researched regions such as Latin America.
“Its unconstrained approach means it can build up large country positions, which makes it more susceptible to political turmoil in the region. However, the emphasis on quality means that the fund can exhibit lower volatility than some of its peers,” says Darius McDermott, FundCalibre’s managing director.
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|Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras Participating Preferred||8.19 %|
|Bank Bradesco SA||7.71 %|
|Itau Unibanco Holding SA||5.71 %|
|Grupo Financiero Banorte SAB de CV Class O||4.39 %|
|Bradespar SA Participating Preferred||4.16 %|
|Lojas Renner SA||3.97 %|
|Fomento Economico Mexicano SAB de CV ADR||3.80 %|
|B3 SA - Brasil Bolsa Balcao||3.52 %|
|Itausa Investimentos ITAU SA Participating Preferred||3.31 %|
|Wal - Mart de Mexico SAB de CV Class V||3.06 %|
|Latin America||97.59 %|
|Financial Services||33.43 %|
|Consumer Defensive||18.25 %|
|Consumer Cyclical||12.30 %|
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