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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 January 2020)

68.3%

Benchmark ASPI cumulative growth since inception (Till end January 2020)

8.27%

Fund CAGR since inception (Till end January 2020)

6.78%

Benchmark CAGR since inception (Till end January 2020)

1.01%

  GENERAL FACTS

Inception Date

February 2012

Fund Size (End January 2020)

LKR 325.37 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

Global equity markets started the new year with a positive sentiment after enjoying the good returns in 2019. This was expected to continue with favourable news on the signing of a phase one US-China trade deal and continuation of central banks accommodative policies during 2020 as well. But the optimism faded away quickly as tension between US-Iran escalated. Albeit this was de-escalated swiftly in later part of the month, the concern over the outbreak of Coronavirus brought down the equity markets around world. The negative sentiment spread to the Colombo bourse too which fell 3.25% (ASPI) for the month despite another round of tax cuts announced by government focusing on business corporates. Statutory corporate tax rates brought down to 24% from 28% . A special concessionary rate of 14% was introduced to exports, tourism, construction, healthcare and agro-processing. Manufacturing sector corporate tax rate also cut to 18%. Banking and Finance companies are released from debt repayment levy which was 7% of Value addition (VAT base) in addition to the 4% drop in corporate tax rate. However concern over possible impact of coronavirus on economic activities have weighted markets down. Against this backdrop, the fund dropped 3.13% for the month, compared to the benchmark ASPI return of -3.25%. Peoples Leasing, Tokyo Cement were the top contributors to the negative performance of the fund. We continue to keep our focus on medium term when selecting stocks to the portfolio based on our investment philosophy. The current core holdings of our portfolio are deeply undervalued and therefore we continue to hold them and rebalance only with changes to the investment thesis.

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 January 2020)

119.77%

Benchmark cumulative growth since inception (Till end January 2020)

8.59%

Fund CAGR since inception (Till end January 2020)

10.44%

  GENERAL FACTS

Inception Date

February 2012

Fund Size (End January 2020)

LKR 5643.22 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

In an unexpected move Central Bank decided to reduce benchmark policy interest rates by 50 basis points during its January review. While reinforcing further downward adjustment in bank lending rates to bolster economic growth, the monetary board has taken comfort from the lowered global economic growth projections, inflation projections at desired range and a so far resilient external account. Based on our observations a noticeable shift in the business & economic activity is yet to occur. While private sector credit has been increasing moderately MOM, still demand seems largely confined. December credit growth has been significantly driven by increased state borrowings. The lack of credit demand could be expected to cushion market liquidity position in the short term, thus low interest rate environment. Unless we see sudden changes in private sector credit demand or sharp increase in import demand.. Recovery in economic growth has been echoed as the foremost priority by the Central Bank, thus monetary policy would be accommodative during 1H and likely to continue to 2H2020 as well. What we feel requires monitoring is the pace of credit recovery, potential pressure on exchange rate and also how successfully government could secure its financing requirements.

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.