Investing beyond China: India, Japan, Southeast Asia and more (Fund Digest August 2023)
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Investing beyond China: India, Japan, Southeast Asia and more (Fund Digest August 2023)

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15 Aug

This article spotlights select funds on our investment funds list. Given the fund screening process and the varying frequency at which different types of data for each fund are updated, there may be a delay of about one month between when the data becomes available and the release date of the article.

Want to invest in high-quality companies in Southeast Asia, India, Japan and Europe?

We’re excited to introduce four new funds on Endowus Fund Smart — managed by fund managers Barings, PineBridge, Goldman Sachs, and AllianzGI.

The Barings ASEAN Frontiers Equity Fund seeks long-term capital growth primarily through investment in a diversified portfolio of ASEAN companies which could include Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

The PineBridge India Equity Fund attempts to provide long-term capital appreciation by investing in equity and equity-related securities of companies listed on stock exchanges in India or closely related to the economic development and growth of India. The fund may use financial derivative instruments  for hedging purposes only.

The Goldman Sachs Japan Equity Partners Portfolio Fund seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation (over 3-5 years) by investing primarily in equities of Japanese companies. The portfolio may also use financial derivative instruments as part of its investment policy or for hedging purposes.

The AllianzGI Europe Equity Growth Fund aims at long-term capital growth by investing in equity markets in Europe with a focus on growth stocks. At least 70% of sub-fund assets are invested in equities of companies that are exposed or connected to equity markets in Europe, with a focus on growth stocks. Less than 30% of sub-fund assets may be invested in equities other than the above.

ASEAN equities

Barings ASEAN Frontiers Equity Fund


The fund provides investors exposure to a portfolio of high quality Southeast Asian companies through fundamental bottom-up stock selection and a disciplined portfolio construction process. Focusing on the ASEAN region, the lead portfolio manager is experienced with more than 20 years of investment experience and is supported by a co-portfolio manager and a centralised research team from the Asia Ex-Japan team of 7 investment professionals.

The fund adopts a Growth-At-Reasonable-Price (GARP) investment philosophy focusing on a fundamentally-driven and bottom-up stock selection process that has been the main driver of outperformance.

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Indian equities

PineBridge India Equity Fund


The fund provides equity exposure to companies listed on stock exchanges in India or closely related to the economic development and growth of India. It adopts a high-conviction approach with a concentrated basket of 30-40 stocks.

It is managed by veteran portfolio manager Elizabeth Soon, the Head of Asia ex-Japan Equities with over 30 years of investing experience. She works closely with and is further supported by Pinebridge’s on-the-ground Indian team.

The fund’s equity research process, also known as Lifecycle Categorization Research , is a framework that unlocks alpha opportunities by capturing the dynamic nature of a company’s growth outlook beyond market-consensus views.

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Japanese equities

Goldman Sachs Japan Equity Partners Portfolio Fund

ISIN: LU2405385399 (USD), LU2475587056 (HKD)

The fund offers investors exposure to a concentrated portfolio (25-40 stocks) of high-quality Japanese listed companies that provide an attractive and sustained growth in the long term. It focuses on companies that are exposed to long-term structural growth trends (e.g. factory automation, health technology), allowing them to be more resilient against economic cycles in Japan.

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European equities

AllianzGI Europe Equity Growth Fund

ISIN:LU0857590862 (USD)

The fund adopts a quality tilted approach in offering equity exposure to a broad universe of European companies that display strong growth characteristics. It is managed by Allianz’s Global Growth team’s Chief Investment Officer Thorsten Winkelmann since 2008 and is a part of Allianz’s core European offering with over 26 billion euros in assets.

The fund’s go-anywhere approach allows the team flexibility to scour the entire European landscape for attractive growth opportunities, resulting in high active share of 70-75% relative to the growth-style benchmark.

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Funds for Hong Kong Professional Investors (PIs) only

We also have a broad selection of institutional-grade PI-only funds.

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*Annualised returns are calculated based on the returns of the target share class, and the oldest share class of the fund where the target share class is younger than three years. Three-year returns are based on the period from August 2020 to July 2023 unless otherwise stated. Returns are translated into USD (except for non-USD funds) and are net of fund-level fees. 

**Where a fund or portfolio has both Hong Kong dollar (HKD) and US dollar (USD) share classes, the fees of the USD share class are shown. Total portfolio and fund-level fees include fund total fund-level fees.

***Endowus does not charge a preliminary sales charge or any other additional fees, other than the all-in Endowus Fee.


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