Fidelity China Special Situations PLC
Rated Fund 2015-2018. Taps into rising consumer demand
This trust is one of only a couple that focus purely on China, a market that some people argue is too big to ignore. David Liddell, a director of IpsoFacto Investor, an online investment advisory service, says: 'For long-term investors who can take some volatility, China with its ever-expanding middle class is surely a must for some proportion of an investment portfolio.'This trust has been managed since 2014 by Dale Nicholls, who has presided over a considerable improvement in its performance. This is due partly to an improvement in investor sentiment towards China, and partly to Nicholls' focus on 'new' China investing in areas of the market related to China's modernisation. He looks particularly for small and medium-sized companies, where he believes lower levels of research leads to more mispricing opportunities.Much of the trust's portfolio is invested in businesses providing goods and services to the growing Chinese consumer market. 'The trust has been riding the growth of the service economy in China very successfully,' adds Liddell. However, Nicholls also looks for undervalued opportunities in state-owned enterprises or oversold parts of the market.Since 2016, Nicholls has been able to invest 10 per cent in unlisted companies, up from 5 per cent, amid a trend for Chinese companies to list on a public stock exchange after their development has progressed. This exposure, combined with gearing of 25 per cent, increases its risk profile. However, at the end of 2017, the trust had less than 3 per cent exposure to unlisteds. Shares in the trust can also typically be bought at a discount to net assets of more than 13 per cent.
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|Alibaba Group Holding Ltd ADR||10.40 %|
|Tencent Holdings Ltd||9.08 %|
|Fil Usd Loan 3.01% 02/14/2020||8.26 %|
|Tencent Holdings LtdCFD||6.01 %|
|Hang Seng Index Options Sept. 27, 2018 Put 28400||3.88 %|
|China Pacific Insurance (Group) Co Ltd HCFD||3.59 %|
|Hutchison China Meditech Ltd||3.22 %|
|China Petroleum & Chemical Corp H SharesCFD||2.67 %|
|Hang Seng Index Options Sept. 27, 2018 Put 26600||2.55 %|
|China MeiDong Auto Holdings Ltd||2.36 %|
|Asia - Emerging||88.59 %|
|Asia - Developed||8.18 %|
|Consumer Cyclical||31.14 %|
|Consumer Defensive||11.08 %|
|Financial Services||9.00 %|
Dale Nicholls joined Fidelity in 1996 as a Research Associate in our Tokyo office. It was during his tenure as an analyst that Dale first began to take an interest in the dynamics of the Chinese market. He regularly visited Chinese companies to get a clear view of the key supply and demand chains of the industries he covered. In 2003, he was promoted to portfolio manager of the Fidelity Pacific Fund and retains management of that portfolio today. In his current role, Dale spends much of his time travelling within China to meet with the management teams and competitors of companies in which he may, or already does, invest, visiting well over 100 companies a year.
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