Stewart Investors Worldwide Leaders Sustainability Fund Class I Acc USD

Investment objective and policy

The Fund aims to achieve capital growth over the long term (at least five years).

The Fund mainly invests in shares of large and mid-sized companies around the world. These companies generally have a total stock market value of at least US$3 billion. The Fund may invest in both developed and emerging market countries. Emerging market countries are those which are not classified as developed markets by MSCI or FTSE, or which are categorised by the World Bank as middle or low-income, or which are not members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The Fund may invest in any industry. The Fund invests in shares of high quality companies which are positioned to benefit from, and contribute to, the sustainable development of the countries in which they operate. Investment decisions around high quality companies are based on three key points: (i) Quality of management. (ii) Quality of the company including its social usefulness, their environmental impacts and efficiency and responsible business practices. (iii) Quality of the company's finances and their financial performance. Sustainability is a key part of the approach. The Fund may invest up to 10% in other funds. The Fund may use derivatives to reduce risk or to manage the Fund more efficiently.

Fund information (as at 31/03/2021)

Fund launch date 03 August 1999
Share class launch date 11 February 2000
Fund size (US$m) 47.0
Benchmark MSCI AC World Net Index*
Number of holdings 38
Fund manager(s) David Gait/Nick Edgerton
Minimum investment US$1000/US$500 subsequent
Initial charge 0%^
Ongoing charges^^ 1.41%
Share type Accumulation
Sedol 0139380
ISIN IE0008368304
Research rating** Morningstar®:Silver

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Performance

Discrete annual performance (% in USD) to 31/03/2021

Period 12 months to 31/03/21 12 months to 31/03/20 12 months to 31/03/19 12 months to 31/03/18 12 months to 31/03/17
Fund return 41.3 -7.7 1.0 13.4 8.9
Benchmark return 54.6 -11.3 3.1 15.4 15.7

Discrete annual performance (% in USD) to 31/03/2021

Fund return

12 months to 31/03/21
41.3
12 months to 31/03/20
-7.7
12 months to 31/03/19
1.0
12 months to 31/03/18
13.4
12 months to 31/03/17
8.9

Benchmark return

12 months to 31/03/21
54.6
12 months to 31/03/20
-11.3
12 months to 31/03/19
3.1
12 months to 31/03/18
15.4
12 months to 31/03/17
15.7

Cumulative performance (% in USD) to 31/03/2021

Period 3 months 6 months 1 year 3 years 5 years 10 years Since launch
Fund return 0.8 14.6 41.3 31.7 62.6 127.2 59.5
Benchmark return 4.6 19.9 54.6 41.4 88.8 163.0 241.9

Cumulative performance (% in USD) to 31/03/2021

Fund return

3 months
0.8
6 months
14.6
1 year
41.3
3 years
31.7
5 years
62.6
10 years
127.2
Since launch
59.5

Benchmark return

3 months
4.6
6 months
19.9
1 year
54.6
3 years
41.4
5 years
88.8
10 years
163.0
Since launch
241.9

These figures refer to the past. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. For investors based in countries with currencies other than USD, the return may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations. 

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Holdings and breakdowns as at 31/03/2021

Top ten holdings

Stock name % Stock name %
Fortinet 6.5 Unicharm 4.0
Mahindra & Mahindra 4.5 CSL 3.3
Tata Consultancy Services 4.3 Synopsys 3.3
Hoya 4.2 Coloplast 3.1
Nestle 4.2 Costco 3.1

Top ten holdings

Fortinet

%
6.5
Stock name
Unicharm
%
4.0

Mahindra & Mahindra

%
4.5
Stock name
CSL
%
3.3

Tata Consultancy Services

%
4.3
Stock name
Synopsys
%
3.3

Hoya

%
4.2
Stock name
Coloplast
%
3.1

Nestle

%
4.2
Stock name
Costco
%
3.1

Sector breakdown

Country breakdown

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Literature

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Risk and reward profile

The synthetic risk reward indicator (the SRRI) rating is not a measure of the risk of you losing your investment but describes how much the value of the Fund went up and down in the past.

The SRRI rating is based on historical data which may not be a reliable indication of the future risks and rewards of the Fund. We cannot guarantee that the rating of the Fund will remain the same: it may change over time.

Even the lowest rating 1 does not mean a risk free investment.

On a scale of 1 (less risky) to 7 (more risky), this Fund has a rating of 5 due to its past performance and the nature of its investments. Shares with a rating of 5 might have a higher risk, but also higher returns. Risk is taken in order to make a higher potential return; the more risk a fund takes, the higher the potential return but the greater the risk of loss.

The value of investments and any income from them may go down as well as up and is not guaranteed. Investors may get back significantly less than the original amount invested.

The Fund may also experience the following risks:

Emerging market risk: Emerging markets tend to be more sensitive to economic and political conditions than developed markets. Other factors include greater liquidity risk, restrictions on investment or transfer of assets, failed/delayed settlement and difficulties valuing securities.

Currency risk: The Fund invests in assets which are denominated in other currencies; changes in exchange rates will affect the value of the Fund and could create losses. Currency control decisions made by governments could affect the value of the Fund's investments and could cause the Fund to defer or suspend redemptions of its shares.

Concentration risk: The Fund invests in a relatively small number of companies which may be riskier than a Fund that invests in a large number of companies. 

For further information on risks, please refer to the Risk Factors section in the Company prospectus.

Investment should be made on the basis of the Prospectus and Key Investor Information Document. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of any of our funds for your investment needs, please seek independent financial advice.

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Important information

 

These figures refer to the past. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. For investors based in countries with currencies other than USD, the return may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations.

All performance data for the Stewart Investors Worldwide Leaders Sustainability Fund Class I (Accumulation) USD as at 31 March 2021. Source for fund - Lipper IM / Stewart Investors. Performance data is calculated on a net basis by deducting fees incurred at fund level (e.g. the management fee and other fund expenses), save that it does not take account of initial charges or switching fees (if any). Income reinvested is included on a net of tax basis. Source for benchmark - MSCI, income reinvested net of tax. Since inception performance figures have been calculated from 11 February 2000.

* The benchmark changed from MSCI World Index to MSCI All Countries World Index Free on 24/02/2014. The benchmark of the Fund changed from MSCI AC World Index Gross to MSCI AC World Index Net with effect from 1 February 2019. This change has been reflected in the calculation of the benchmark performance.

^ An initial charge of up to 5% may be levied in certain circumstances, including on regular savings plans and may be remitted as commission to an intermediary.

^^ The ongoing charge figure (OCF) is calculated on the same basis as for the Key Investor Information Document and represents the charges you will pay over a year for as long as you hold your investment and may vary from year to year. The OCF is made up of the annual management charge and additional expenses, but excludes portfolio transaction costs. For further information about charges and costs please visit https://www.firstsentierinvestors.com/uk/en/private/charges-overview.html.

** This does not constitute an investment recommendation and is not indicative of future results. Methodology available on rating provider's website.

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