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The Guardian Acuity Equity Fund is an open ended unit trust fund that invests in stocks listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange. (CSE)

The Portfolio is actively managed using a bottom up stock selection approach where investee companies are evaluated by the fund managers and research team using fundamental research and the team's extensive experience in capital markets.

Fund Facts

  Performance

Fund cumulative growth since inception (Till end October 2019)

69.75%

Benchmark ASPI cumulative growth since inception (Till end October 2019)

9.38%

Fund CAGR since inception (Till end October 2019)

7.13%

Benchmark CAGR since inception (Till end October 2019)

1.17%

  GENERAL FACTS

Inception Date

February 2012

Fund Size (End October 2019)

LKR 303.11 Million

Investment Objective

Achieving medium to long term capital appreciation

Minimum Investment

LKR 1,000

Trustee

Deutsche Bank

  ASSET ALLOCATION

Equity

40% (MIN) - 95% (MAX)

Cash & Cash Equivalents

5% (MIN) - 40% (MAX)

  FEE STRUCTURE

Management Fee

2.25% per annum

Trustee & Custodian Fee

0.3% per annum

Exit Fee

2% (applicable only for withdrawals during the first year of investing)

To understand the current status of the Fund, refer to the latest Fact Sheet.

Commentary BY FUND MANAGER, ASANKA JAYASEKERA

October was another good month for global equity markets due to some favourable developments in two major concerns of investor community. 1) Positive signs of a partial agreement between US and China on trade which eased off the geopolitical tension escalated over the past few months. 2) US federal reserve cut interest rates for the third time by 25 basis point while the Europe and other key central banks continued their dovish stance (lowering interest rates) which creates appetite for risky asset such as equity. Emerging markets were benefited most from this development as shown by 3.0% spike in MSCI emerging market index compared to 2.2% growth in MSCI USA index during the month. Similarly, the local equity market soared by 4.4% in October, not because of global or foreign positive sentiment but rather buoyed by pre-election local retail euphoria. This was evident by the CSE data which shows Rs 1.4bn net purchases by local individual investors while Rs 1.7bn net sales by foreign investors. However we expect foreign selling will ease off if global condition continue to favour equity markets which is a much needed tailwind for strong and sustainable stock market rally. The main sectors (within the top 15 sectors) that drove this months rally were Telecom (+17.5%), Construction (+17.3%), Manufacturing (+16.1%) and Textile & Footwear (+12.4%) sectors. Sri Lankan Presidential election is set to be held on 16th November and the market will be influenced by political headlines. Against this backdrop, your fund recorded a 8.75% return for the month, significantly outperforming the benchmark ASPI growth of 4.39%. The top contributors for the funds return were Tokyo Cement, Dialog Axiata and Peoples Leasing. With this months return, year to date return improved to 5.30% (vs ASPI growth of -1.03%) and since inception annualized return improved to 7.13% (vs ASPI return of 1.17%). November is a critical month for Sri Lanka as the Presidential election is set to be held on 16th. Short term movements of the market will be influenced by political headlines. However, after the election we expect stability on the political front and current improvement in macro economic variables such as declining interest rates and stable exchange rate will support for sustainable growth. Meanwhile, we need to keep an eye on weakening fiscal numbers which could disturb the positive development in macro economic variables.

Why invest in the Equity Fund

Exposure to multiple stocks

Investment in the Equity Fund provides the investor exposure to all stocks the fund is invested in

Liquidity

Investors can gain exposure to equity without having to worry about liquidity

Switch Between Funds

investors have the flexibility to switch to the money market anytime at no cost in response to capital market movements

Well researched investment decisions

Stock calls are made by fund managers based on thorough research and insights by the internal research team

Hassle free; monitoring and execution

All transactions are executed by a separate operations team


INVESTMENT STRATEGY and stock selection process

In line with the bottom up stock selection approach we follow, the focus is more on identifying fundamentally strong securities trading at reasonable valuations, from a long term perspective.

stock selection process

RISKS OF INVESTING IN THE FUND

investment value is subject to change based on movement in the stock market.

As such the ability of the Fund to achieve its investment objectives will depend on the performance of the equity market, interest rate environment and overall economy.

The Unit price of the Fund can increase as well as decrease depending on the performance of the stock market

Trading on the stock exchange as a whole is subject to the level of liquidity of the market, which at times could be low especially if faced with volatility due to external developments.

This liquidity situation may inhibit the Fund's ability to obtain shares in quantity without having a marked effect on the shares' market price and may further prevent the Fund from being able to liquidate a position at the prevailing market price.

The GUARDIAN ACUITY MONEY MARKET FUND is an open ended unit trust fund that invests in investment grade (Rated BBB- or Above) fixed income securities maturing within 365 days.

NOTE :

Current yield is calculated based on average unit prices of past seven days and it is variable and subject to change

Current yield is based on past performance of the funds and the past performance of the fund should not be taken as indicative of its future performance.

Fund Facts

  Performance

Fund cumulative growth since inception (Till end October 2019)

114.8%

Benchmark cumulative growth since inception (Till end October 2019)

8.47%

Fund CAGR since inception (Till end October 2019)

10.47%

  GENERAL FACTS

Inception Date

February 2012

Fund Size (End October 2019)

LKR 6333.43 Million

Investment Objective

To maximize fund yield at a relatively low risk level

Minimum Investment

LKR 1,000

Trustee

Deutsche Bank

  FEE STRUCTURE

Management Fee

0.60% per annum

Trustee Fee

0.15% per annum

To understand the current status of the Fund, refer to the latest Fact Sheet.

COMMENTARY BY FUND MANAGER, CRISHANI PERERA

The central banks continuous efforts to bring down the market lending rates was seen taking effect with the banks being given clear timelines to drop their lending rates by end December 2019. Despite the gradual downward adjustment in lending rates we have not seen a considerable movement in credit demand or banks appetite for lending in the current economic environment. We feel that the broader economy is awaiting more clarity on the future economic direction to make their investment decisions. We could only expect the momentum to gather after the conclusion of elections. As we discussed in our September review, small to mid-sized banks were seeing offering attractive deposit rates following the removal of deposit rate caps applicable for banks. This led to several banks offering a premium to finance company deposit rates in selected tenors. This resulted in strain even amongst the larger NBFI deposit base. Consequently the ceiling rates applicable for NBFIs were re-visited by the Central Bank during mid-October effecting a 100 bps increase across the tenors. Looking forward on interest rates, the positives continue in the immediate term with the muted demand side, CBSLs accommodative policy underlined by global softening and favorable external sector momentum. However post-election interest rate behavior would largely depend on the outcome of the election, the subsequent unfolding of policy actions and fiscal discipline. We expect potential pressures arising from an expanding fiscal deficit and possible deterioration in the BOP balances.

INVESTMENT STRATEGY

INVESTMENT STRATEGY

RISKS OF INVESTING IN THE FUND

The ability of the Fund to achieve its investment objectives will depend on the interest rate environment and the performance of the economy.

dividend paid and Unit price of the Fund can increase as well as decrease depending on interest rate fluctuations in the market.

The Fund is subject to interest rate risk, liquidity risk and default risk.

Interest Rate Risk - Changes to interest rates will cause the market values of the instruments in the portfolio to fluctuate which will have a direct bearing on the Unit price of the Fund.

Liquidity Risk - Liquidity risk is the ease at which an instrument can be sold without a significant change in value. The Fund will have a limited exposure to liquidity risk as a result of a higher exposure to more liquid government securities.

Default Risk - Default risk arises from the inability of the debt issuer to meet timely principal and interest payments.

The Guardian Acuity Money Market Gilt Fund is an open ended unit trust fund that invests in government securities maturing within 365 days.

Fund Facts

  Performance

Fund cumulative growth since inception (Till end November 2018)

34.61%

Benchmark cumulative growth since inception (Till end November 2018)

33.23%

Fund CAGR since inception (Till end November 2018)

8.39%

  GENERAL FACTS

Inception Date

February 2015

Fund Size (End November 2018)

LKR 247.35 Million

Investment Objective

To provide a secure annual income by investing in a portfolio of government securities maturing within 365 days

Minimum Investment

LKR 1,000

Trustee

Deutsche Bank

  FEE STRUCTURE

Management Fee

0.60% per annum

Trustee & Custodian Fee

0.2% per annum

To understand the current status of the Fund, refer to the latest Fact Sheet.

COMMENTARY BY FUND MANAGER, CRISHANI PERERA

An upward movement in T bill rates was seen in November with the one year Treasury bill rate increasing to 11.20% from 10.39% % in the previous month. A sharp increase in weighted average prime lending rate (AWPLR) was seen during the month reflecting a drop in private sector credit demand. AWPLR decrease to 12.03% from 12.82% in last month.

RISKS OF INVESTING IN THE FUND

The ability of the Fund to achieve its investment objectives will depend on the interest rate environment and the performance of the economy.

The dividend paid and Unit price of the Fund can increase as well as decrease depending on interest rate fluctuations in the market.

The Fund is subject to interest rate risk and liquidity risk.

Interest Rate Risk - Changes to interest rates will cause the market values of the instruments in the portfolio to accrue interest at varying rates, which will have a direct bearing on the Unit price of the Fund.

Liquidity Risk - Liquidity risk is the ease at which an instrument can be sold without a significant change in value.

The Fund will have a negligible exposure to liquidity risk as a result of a full exposure being to liquid government securities.

Get In Touch with our Investment Advisors

+94 11 2039 386

Operational Support

+94 11 2 449 500

General Contact

No: 61, Janadhipathi Mawatha,
Colombo 01, Sri Lanka.