Schroder Asian Total Return Inv. Company
Rated Fund 2018-20. Strong choice for more cautious investors in Asia
Schroder Asian Total Return was highly commended in the Best Asia Pacific Trust category of Money Observer’s 2018 investment trust awards and has proved a resilient addition to our Rated Funds.
Veteran management duo Robin Parbrook and King Fuei Lee have run the trust since 2013. Particularly importantly in light of current market conditions, they seek to combine bottom-up investment in a portfolio of quality Asia-Pacific firms with a degree of capital preservation. To this end, the managers use a quantitative model to indicate when countries are cheap or expensive on a medium-term view. They then deploy hedges and options to modify the risks, including short-term market risk.
They are wary about the outlook for world stockmarkets. They reckon Asia should escape the worst effects, but they expect to keep a relatively high level of hedging to protect the trust from choppy trading as credit markets tighten in 2020. The proof of the pudding is that the trust held up well last year, despite hedges in the portfolio acting as a drag, and it is a top performer over three and five years.
Morningstar hails it a “terrific option” for Asia Pacific ex Japan exposure. David Liddell, a director at IpsoFacto Investor, an online investment advisory service, regards it an “attractive way to navigate potentially choppy Asian markets”, while broker Charles Stanley likes it as a core holding in this area, given its ability to add value in both positive and negative market scenarios.
The trust has a discount control mechanism in place. Its shares tended to trade at a modest premium to its net assets throughout 2019.
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Robin Parbrook is the Co-head of Asian Alternative investments at Schroders, his main responsibility is co-running the Asian Total Return Fund and Asian Total Return Investment Company. In 2017 he returned to the UK having spent most of the previous 25 years with Schroders in Asia. Prior to this he was head of the Asian Equity Team, overseeing the investment team and equity products managed in the region. He joined Schroders in 1990 and is based in London. Robin was the Head of Asian Equities at Schroders (based in Hong Kong) from 2010 to 2017, . He was the Co-Manager SISF Asian Total Return Fund at Schroders UK (based in Edinburgh) from 2007 to 2010, . He was an Asian Equity Fund Manager (and Team Head from 2004) at Schroders Hong Kong/Singapore from 1992 to 2007, . Alongside the Asian Total Return Funds he also managed the SISF Asian Opportunities fund until the end of 2017. Qualifications: MA in Economics from Edinburgh University.
King Fuei Lee
King Fuei Lee is the Head of Asian Equities (Singapore) at Schroders, which involves managing Developed Pacific ex-Japan, Asian Total Return and Asian Yield mandates. King Fuei was appointed Head of Asian Equities (Singapore) in March 2011 where he has oversight of the Asia ex Japan Equity fund managers in the Singapore office. He joined Schroders in 1999 and is based in Singapore. King Fuei was a Fund Manager at Schroders (Singapore) from 2001 to 2011, which involved transferring from the Global Equities Team in the London office to the Asian Equities Team in Singapore in Dec 2001. King Fuei was promoted to Manager in 2003, Associate Director in 2005, and Director in 2006. He was a Graduate Trainee at Schroders (UK) from 1999 to 2001, which involved joining Schroders as a graduate trainee. Qualifications: CFA Charterholder; Investment Management Certificate (IMC); M.Phil in Economics from Cambridge University; BA in Economics (First Class Honours) from London School of Economics.
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