Aberdeen New India Investment Trust Plc
Rated Fund 2017-2018. Capitalises on political reform
The investment trust structure can be especially useful for specialist, more volatile investments as managers can take a longer-term approach. This could be particularly beneficial for gaining exposure to India, which is expected to become the world's third largest economy by 2030, behind China and the US.
New India is managed by Adrian Lim of Aberdeen Standard Investments' Asian equity team, which has an excellent track record in this part of the world. He invests in 40 companies across a wide range of sectors. He uses a bottom-up investment process, seeking and holding quality companies with good fundamentals, strong balance sheets and the earnings power to pay increasing dividends, in order to ensure the trust can outperform over the long term. Indian equities were one of the best-performing Asian markets during 2017, which Lim has attributed to prime minister Narendra Modi's latest efforts to build a resilient economy. His government plans to inject a record 2.1 trillion rupees into state-owned banks over two years to tackle their bad debts, and to spend $100 billion on expanding the country's road network over the next five years. The fund has more than 20 per cent of assets in financials and a number of infrastructure-related holdings, which stand to benefit. Lim points to India's advance on the World Bank's 'ease of doing business' ranking in 2017 � from 130th to 100th out of 190 countries � as further proof that the reforms of Modi's administration, which has been in power since 2014, are having the intended effect. Shares in the trust can typically be picked up on a modest double-digit discount to net asset value.
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Pruksa Iamthongthong is a Senior Investment Manager on the Asian Equities Team. Pruksa joined Aberdeen in 2007. Pruksa holds a BA in Business Administration from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and is a CFA® charterholder.
Adrian Lim is a Senior Investment Manager on the Asian Equities Team. Adrian originally joined Aberdeen in 2001 as a Manager on the Private Equity Team, on the acquisition of Murray Johnstone, but transferred to his current post soon afterwards. Previously, Adrian worked for Arthur Andersen LLP as an Associate Director advising clients on mergers & acquisitions in the region. Adrian holds a BAcc from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and is a CFA® charterholder. CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.
Flavia Cheong is the Head of Asia Pacific ex Japan Equity on the Asian Equities team, where, as well as sharing responsibility for company research, she oversees regional portfolio construction. Before joining Aberdeen in 1996, she was an economist with the Investment Company of the People’s Republic of China, and earlier with the Development Bank of Singapore. Flavia graduated with a BA in Economics and an MA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Auckland. She is a CFA charterholder. CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.
Kristy Fong is a Senior Investment Manager on the Asian Equities Team. Kristy joined Aberdeen in 2004 from UOB KayHian Pte Ltd where she was an Analyst. Kristy holds a BA (Hons) in Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and is a CFA® charterholder. CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.
Hugh Young is a Director of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC and Managing Director of the Group's Asian business. He is in overall charge of active equities, fixed income, property and solutions for the Group. Hugh joined Aberdeen in 1985 to manage Asian equities from London, having previously held posts at Fidelity International and MGM Assurance. He founded Singapore-based Aberdeen Asia in 1992 and since then he has built the company into one of the largest and most well-respected managers of such assets globally. Hugh graduated with a BA (Hons) in Politics from Exeter University.
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