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AXA WF Framlington Talents Global
Last NAV 113.3100 USD as of 30/03/20
The Sub-Fund seeks to achieve long term capital growth measured in Euro by investing in equities and equity related securities issued by international companies of all capitalisations displaying entrepreneurial characteristics.
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The risk category is calculated using historical performance data and may not be a reliable indicator of the Sub-Fund's future risk profile. The risk category shown is not guaranteed and may shift over time. The lowest category does not mean risk free.
Why is this Fund in this category?
Fund manager comment : 29/02/20
Global markets took a plunge at the end of the period, which was among the fastest and deepest correction since the Great Financial Crisis on the news that the newly identified strain of coronavirus Covid-19 emanating from China was spreading fast globally, in particular in countries such as Japan, South Korea, Italy, Iran and the West Coast of the USA. The World Health Organization is getting closer to call this viral outbreak a pandemic and the rhetoric has moved from ‘if’ to ‘when’ it will spread globally. Given the high infectivity rate, the virus is expecting to potentially spread fast and impact business activity as well as consumer spending. Mortality rate remains relatively low (estimated at 2-2.5%) but still 4-5 times higher than regular seasonal flu. Scientific observers are monitoring how the virus behaves (when temperature rise, whether patients get reinfected, etc.). Efforts to bring a new vaccine are accelerating but it is estimated it will take months before it is available. In this context, quality and growth stocks outperformed the broader market while cyclicals and small caps underperformed. Regionally, China held up remarkably well and finished the month higher (as investors expect the worse is behind us when it comes to China) while Western Europe and Japan under-performed on growing virus-related fears and the USA performed broadly in-line with the index. In terms of sectors, the energy sector was hit severely, down double-digit, as energy consumption slumped particularly in China and could come under further pressure in coming months. Materials, industrials and financials were also seen as the most exposed sectors in a scenario of a severe economic slowdown. On the other hand, communication services, real estate, healthcare and technology were seen as more resilient to a future economic shock. In terms of performance, the Fund outperformed the global index. Our top performers for the month included communication holdings Softbank (following the long expected Sprint/T-Mobile merger deal approval), Chinese video game maker Tencent (benefiting from Chinese people being home bound), Chinese online platform Alibaba, Fidelity National Information Services (after providing a solid 2020 outlook and increased synergy targets), IPG Photonics (given encouraging stabilisation signs and a broadening opportunity set over the medium term), Fedex (on the announcement of an initial and selective combination of the Express and Ground businesses to reduce costs) and healthcare firm Roche (given its diagnostics business positioning and potential role in virus testing). Detractors to performance included a number of stocks in the consumer staples sector such as Anheuser-Busch Inbev (which reduced its growth and profit outlook), Godrej Consumer Products in India (which continued to report weak sales trends in a context of a slowing Indian economy) and Kose (given its cosmetics sales are largely reliant on Chinese tourist demand), Jazz Pharmaceuticals (following higher spending in its new small-cell lung cancer drug launch), email security provider Proofpoint, financials Credicorp (on disappointing results and the slowing Peruvian economy) and US asset manager Blackrock (given the equity market sell-off). We made some changes to the portfolio at the start of the period. We initiated a position in dominant CRM technology platform Salesforce.com, which is led by founder Marc Benioff, who owns over 3% of the company (valued at over $150bn). We did not make any further change to the portfolio over the rest of the period as we believe the market moved into a panic mode and are monitoring the situation closely from company-specific updates on the impact of coronavirus to broader country-level policy responses.
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|First NAV date||30/04/04|
|Asset class||FRAMLINGTON EQUITIES|
|Legal authority||Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier|
|Fund Manager||Anne TOLMUNEN|
|Investment team||MT Framlington Thematic Equity|
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