Category: Open Ended Investment Company
The Share Class is a share class of a Fund which aims to achieve a return on your investment, through a combination of capital growth and income on the Fund’s assets, which reflects the return of the S&P 500 Minimum Volatility Index, the Fund’s benchmark index. The Share Class, via the Fund, invests in equity securities (e.g. shares) that, so far as possible and practicable, make up the benchmark index. The benchmark index aims to reflect the performance characteristics of a subset of securities within the S&P 500 Index (“Parent Index”) with the lowest absolute volatility of returns, subject to risk diversification. The constituents of the benchmark index are selected using a minimum volatility strategy which selects securities from the Parent Index based on estimates of the risk profile and expected volatility of each constituent and the correlation between all constituents in the Parent Index. Volatility of returns measures the movements in the daily price of the constituents over a period of time. The Parent Index measures the performance of the large-cap sector (i.e. companies with large market capitalisation) within the United States market. As the Parent Index includes a significant portion of the total value of the market, it also represents the market. Companies in the Parent Index are considered leading companies in leading industries. Market capitalisation is the share price of the company multiplied by the number of shares issued. Companies are included in the benchmark index based on a free float market capitalisation weighted basis. Free float means that only shares available to international investors rather than all of a company’s issued shares are used in calculating the benchmark index. Free float market capitalisation is the share price of a company multiplied by the number of shares available to international investors. The Fund uses optimising techniques to achieve a similar return to its benchmark index. These techniques may include the strategic selection of certain securities that make up the benchmark index or other securities which provide similar performance to certain constituent securities. These may also include the use of financial derivative instruments (FDIs) (i.e. investments the prices of which are based on one or more underlying assets). FDIs may be used for direct investment purposes. The use of FDIs is expected to be limited for this Share Class. The Fund may also engage in short-term secured lending of its investments to certain eligible third parties to generate additional income to off-set the costs of the Fund. Recommendation: This Fund is suitable for medium to long term investment, though the Fund may also be suitable for shorter term exposure to the Index. Your shares will be accumulating shares (i.e. income will be included in their value). Your shares will be denominated in US Dollar, the Fund's base currency.