SOUTH AFRICA – Sanlam Investment Management (SIM), an investment company, has recently launched the SIM Flexible Income Fund, a retail unit trust targeted at investors with a one- to two-year time horizon.
“A more flexible income fund offers more diversification benefits to clients and, as a result, the potential for better overall long-term results,” Melville du Plessis, Portfolio Manager for the SIM Flexible Income Fund, said.
“Locking yourself into fixed deposits, for example, can be very inflexible, with little options of taking advantage of market opportunities through asset reallocation down the line.
“The last few months have shown how dramatically things can change with associated asset allocation changes which can be made. Being able to fully take advantage of these opportunities is an exciting proposition for clients.”
Du Plessis said that the multi-asset income fund seeks returns through tactical asset allocation and high conviction bets across the income-yielding universe.
“We are able to invest in assets with a large investable universe to select from. This includes everything as stipulated in the ASISA South African – Multi Asset – Income category guidelines, including government and corporate bonds, money market instruments, preference shares, convertible securities, listed property, equity exposure as well as international assets,” he said.
He said that local bonds have delivered good performance over the past few years, despite the volatile financial market and economic environment. However, the valuations still look particularly attractive and they still feature quite strongly in the portfolio holdings.
“However, we have the flexibility to change this at a moment’s notice, should things change materially, while the allocation to attractively priced local assets are optimised with the blend of international assets which offer diversification benefits and act as a natural hedge or ‘shock absorber’ for when the unexpected happens – which seems to be the case more frequently these days.”
Du Plessis added that investment decisions on the fund will be made by in line with all other Funds in the core range of funds.
The fund will also be managed with the firm’s ‘Pragmatic Value’ investment philosophy, while benefiting from the vast benefits associated with the SIM fixed interest processes and the entire fixed interest team. The fund opened to investors from April 1, 2022.
The new fund can be accessed as a tax-free investment and has a competitive management fee.