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Australian and global markets continued to climb in December, with the ASX 200 increasing by 4.4% for the month, and 11.8% for the calendar year.
This was a strong finish to the year, with the index delivering annual returns of 2.6% and 5.6% for the two previous years. The Affluence Investment Fund increased by 1.1% in December resulting in a 10.7% return for the calendar year.
It was a mixed month again for our underlying managers. It was the large cap shares that continued rising and a number of small and mid cap companies had difficulties. Our best performing investments were the Bronte Amalthea Fund (up 6.1%), Phoenix Opportunities Fund (up 5.6%), Cromwell Riverpark Trust (up 7.4%) and Auscap Australia Long Short Fund (up 4.0%). Our only significant detractor was one of our long short funds (down 9.7%). The remainder of investments were relatively stable.
In December we increased our position in the Alexander Credit Opportunities Fund. We also made one new investment – the India Avenue Equity Fund. We have been looking for some additional emerging market exposure and like the growth potential and demographics of India. India Avenue is effectively a fund of funds, with the manager appointing 3 investment management firms in India to run the portfolio. We are optimistic that this investment will produce good long term returns, however we expect a few bumps along the way, and it will only have a small allocation in the Fund.
At the end of December, the Affluence Investment Fund held investments in 24 unlisted funds representing 57% of the total portfolio. The Affluence LIC Fund accounted for 21% of the total portfolio, and provided exposure to 20 LIC’s. We held investments in 6 other listed entities which represented 7% of the total portfolio, with the remaining 15% held in cash.
We have changed the way we present our performance this month. A lot of investors ask what portion of our total return is made up of income distributions versus capital growth, and going forward we will show this apportionment.
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We are continuing to work on converting the Fund to retail so it will be available to all investors. We are hopeful this will be available in the next couple of months.
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