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After a very strong July, the ASX 200 Accumulation Index decreased by 1.6% in August. In comparison the Affluence Investment Fund increased by 1.1%, with 16 of our 23 unlisted funds resulting in an increase.
The best returning funds for the month were the Microequities Deep Value Microcap Fund which increased an impressive 8.5%, and the Wenthworth Williamson Fund Fund up 4.4%. We also profited from our small investment in Seven West preference shares. These are listed hybrid instruments which we think of as a fixed interest investment. We acquired these for well over a 10% gross yield, and they closed up 15% for the month after management announced a partial buy back of these securities.
During August we re-structured the LIC component of the fund. Instead of the Fund owning the LIC’s directly, it now holds units in the Affluence LIC Fund. The Affluence LIC Fund is a separate fund which we manage, and invests exclusively in LIC’s. This has allowed us to consolidate all LIC holdings in one fund, and gives us the ability to manage this portfolio more intensely and will hopefully provide more opportunities in the future. We have also changed our Portfolio Summary reporting to show the LIC Fund as its own category.
New investments for the month included increasing our holdings in a number of our existing investments (Phoenix Opportunities Fund, Cromwell Direct Property Fund, Cromwell Riverpark Trust, and the Alexander Credit Opportunities Fund). We also made two new investments, in the Terra Capital Natural Resource Fund and the Auscap Australian Equities Long Short Fund.
The Terra Capital Natural Resources Fund invests in a portfolio of small and mid-cap (less than $500 million) mining and energy equities, and is index and industry agnostic. The fund targets companies in the lowest quartile of the cost curve. This is a specialised investing with limited professional coverage, and their results since inception in June 2010 have been outstanding. We were lucky to find them, as the previous resources fund we invested in was closed a couple of months ago.
The Auscap Long Short Australian Equities Fund has an absolute return mandate, and quite unconstrained investment limits. They generally invest in the ASX 200 and focus on fundamental long and short positions, while utilizing a multi-strategy approach to take advantage of shorter term market opportunities to increase returns. While they can position their portfolio between net long and net short, they generally run 50-60% net long with a 150-200% gross exposure.
At the end of August, the Affluence Investment Fund held investments in 23 unlisted funds representing 60% of the total portfolio. The Affluence LIC Fund accounted for 20% of the total portfolio, and provided exposure to 21 LIC’s. We held investments in 5 other listed entities which represented 5% of the total portfolio, with the remaining 15% held in cash.
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