Global Managed Volatility Equity

This strategy aims to deliver attractive long-term returns by investing in a diversified portfolio of listed companies in developed and emerging markets, with significantly lower risk than the market.

INVESTMENT UNIVERSE

40,000+ stocks in developed and emerging markets (includes ex-index stocks to maximise the opportunity set

RETURN FORECAST

Daily analysis at stock-specific, peer group, and macro level results in objective risk and return forecast

PORTFOLIO CONSTRUCTION & TRADING

Forecasts enter proprietary portfolio optimisation system, weighing expected return against risk, liquidity and T-costs

Investment philosophy

Financial assets are often mispriced due to behavioural errors, such as incorrectly processing information or acting on incomplete information.

Top-performing companies display many qualities. Their success is multi-faceted and cannot be attributed to any single factor.

Market inefficiencies and attractive opportunities are best captured using systematic processes.

Curated application of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technology can help extract pertinent information from large, complex datasets.

Investment processes must be dynamic and adapt to changes in investor behaviour and the investment environment.

Acadian’s edge comes from embracing innovative ideas and continuously investing in people, technology, and data.

Kevin Lanceplaine

Why managed volatility?

  • Managed volatility strategies have a sharper focus on capital preservation and may be suitable for risk-conscious investors.
  • Empirical evidence shows low-risk equities have delivered returns on par with average-risk equities and substantially better returns than high-risk equities over the long term. This is known as the low volatility anomaly, which we seek to exploit.
  • By limiting total portfolio risk, investors can potentially compound gains more gradually and efficiently than investing in traditional market cap weighted indices.
  • In addition to risk and return forecasts, Acadian’s investment process incorporates transaction cost estimates, portfolio constraints, and security correlations to enhance returns.
  • Acadian has been managing low-volatility strategies since 2006 and is recognised globally for having one of the longest track records in this space.

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As of March 2024

APIR CodeFSF1240AU
 Inception Date19 January 2012
 Management Cost0.62%
 Buy / Sell spread0.05/0.05%
 Product Size $310 million
 Benchmark MSCI All-Country World Index
Colonial First State Investments Limited (“CFS”) is the responsible entity for this fund, ABN 98 002 348 352, AFS Licence 232468. You can find the target market determinations (TMD) for this fund at www.cfs.com.au/tmd, which include a description of who a financial product might suit. You should also read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and Financial Services Guide (FSG) carefully, assess whether the information is appropriate for you, and consider talking to a financial adviser before making an investment decision. You can get the PDS and FSG at www.cfs.com.au or by calling CFS on 13 13 36. All Fund (NAV) returns are calculated on an annualised basis using exit price to exit price with distributions reinvested, net of management costs, transaction costs. All return calculations exclude any individual taxes payable by the investor and all other fees and rebates disclosed in the relevant product disclosure statements available on our website or by calling us. The ‘distribution’ component is the amount paid by the way of distribution, which may include net realised capital gains. Portfolio holdings are subject to change and should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell individual securities. Reference to the benchmark is for comparative purposes only and is not intended to indicate that the Fund will contain the same investments as the benchmark. Investors have the opportunity for losses as well as profits. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Index Source: MSCI Copyright MSCI 2024. All Rights Reserved. Unpublished. PROPRIETARY TO MSCI.
As of March 2024
 Fund (Gross) Fund (NAV) Benchmark Value-Added vs. Benchmark
One Month Return2.92.82.9-0.1
Three Month Return10.410.313.2-2.9
Year-to-Date Return10.4 10.3 13.2-2.9 
One Year Annualized Return18.017.226.5-9.3
Three Year Annualized Return13.612.912.60.3
Five Year Annualized Return9.89.212.8-3.6
Ten Year Annualized Return11.210.512.5-2.0
Since Inception Annualized Return13.112.414.2-1.8
Since Inception Sharpe Ratio 1.41.31.2
Since Inception Beta 0.71.11.0 
Colonial First State Investments Limited (“CFS”) is the responsible entity for this fund, ABN 98 002 348 352, AFS Licence 232468. You can find the target market determinations (TMD) for this fund at www.cfs.com.au/tmd, which include a description of who a financial product might suit. You should also read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and Financial Services Guide (FSG) carefully, assess whether the information is appropriate for you, and consider talking to a financial adviser before making an investment decision. You can get the PDS and FSG at www.cfs.com.au or by calling CFS on 13 13 36. All Fund (NAV) returns are calculated on an annualised basis using exit price to exit price with distributions reinvested, net of management costs, transaction costs. All return calculations exclude any individual taxes payable by the investor and all other fees and rebates disclosed in the relevant product disclosure statements available on our website or by calling us. The ‘distribution’ component is the amount paid by the way of distribution, which may include net realised capital gains. Portfolio holdings are subject to change and should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell individual securities. Reference to the benchmark is for comparative purposes only and is not intended to indicate that the Fund will contain the same investments as the benchmark. Investors have the opportunity for losses as well as profits. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Index Source: MSCI Copyright MSCI 2024. All Rights Reserved. Unpublished. PROPRIETARY TO MSCI.

Top Ten Holdings

As of March 2024

 APPLE INC. 2.1%
 MICROSOFT CORP 1.7%
 RELIANCE INC1.5%
 MCKESSON CORP
1.5%
 CADENCE DESIGN SYSTEMS INC
1.4%
 ALPHABET INC
1.4%
 COLGATE-PALMOLIVE CO
1.4%
 AGRICULTURAL BANK OF CHINA LTD1.3%
 MARSH & MCLENNAN COS INC1.3%
 PROCTER & GAMBLE CO1.3%
NUMBEROF SECURITIES402
% OF PORTFOLIO FOR TOP 10 CURRENT HOLDINGS14.9%
% OF NON-BENCHMARK PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS28.3%

To view a full list of quarterly holdings in the Fund, visit Colonial First State.

Colonial First State Investments Limited (“CFS”) is the responsible entity for this fund, ABN 98 002 348 352, AFS Licence 232468. You can find the target market determinations (TMD) for this fund at www.cfs.com.au/tmd, which include a description of who a financial product might suit. You should also read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and Financial Services Guide (FSG) carefully, assess whether the information is appropriate for you, and consider talking to a financial adviser before making an investment decision. You can get the PDS and FSG at www.cfs.com.au or by calling CFS on 13 13 36. All Fund (NAV) returns are calculated on an annualised basis using exit price to exit price with distributions reinvested, net of management costs, transaction costs. All return calculations exclude any individual taxes payable by the investor and all other fees and rebates disclosed in the relevant product disclosure statements available on our website or by calling us. The ‘distribution’ component is the amount paid by the way of distribution, which may include net realised capital gains. Portfolio holdings are subject to change and should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell individual securities. Reference to the benchmark is for comparative purposes only and is not intended to indicate that the Fund will contain the same investments as the benchmark. Investors have the opportunity for losses as well as profits. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Index Source: MSCI Copyright MSCI 2024. All Rights Reserved. Unpublished. PROPRIETARY TO MSCI.

Current Positioning -Sector

Global Managed Vol Q1 2024 

 

Colonial First State Investments Limited (“CFS”) is the responsible entity for this fund, ABN 98 002 348 352, AFS Licence 232468. You can find the target market determinations (TMD) for this fund at www.cfs.com.au/tmd, which include a description of who a financial product might suit. You should also read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and Financial Services Guide (FSG) carefully, assess whether the information is appropriate for you, and consider talking to a financial adviser before making an investment decision. You can get the PDS and FSG at www.cfs.com.au or by calling CFS on 13 13 36. All Fund (NAV) returns are calculated on an annualised basis using exit price to exit price with distributions reinvested, net of management costs, transaction costs. All return calculations exclude any individual taxes payable by the investor and all other fees and rebates disclosed in the relevant product disclosure statements available on our website or by calling us. The ‘distribution’ component is the amount paid by the way of distribution, which may include net realised capital gains. Portfolio holdings are subject to change and should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell individual securities. Reference to the benchmark is for comparative purposes only and is not intended to indicate that the Fund will contain the same investments as the benchmark. Investors have the opportunity for losses as well as profits. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Index Source: MSCI Copyright MSCI 2024. All Rights Reserved. Unpublished. PROPRIETARY TO MSCI.

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