InvestSMART Portfolio Update - October 2017

The InvestSMART International Equities and Core Growth portfolios turn three this month

With the InvestSMART Core Growth and International Equities Portfolios turning three, it is a good opportunity to review our longer-term performance and see how we’ve gone in delivering on our objectives.

Programmatically analysing the asset allocation of over 8,000 managed funds in Australia, provides us with information to actively manage the asset allocation within our portfolios with the objective of delivering returns in line with them, but at a lower cost.

Through the use of ETFs and select individual securities we construct portfolios aimed at providing investors the ability to diversify their portfolios and achieve their long term investment objectives via simple low cost investment solutions.

 

Core Growth

The Core Growth Portfolio forms part of our “diversified” investment offering, with an asset allocation weighted toward generating returns with more of a growth focus.

This sees an asset allocation of roughly 65-75% growth orientated assets (equities & property) and 25-35% income orientated assets (interest income & cash).

It is pleasing to note that over the long term, our strategy is performing in line with stated expectations. That is, we are tracking our benchmark by the difference in our fee while also outperforming our peers.

 

International Equities

The International Equities Portfolio provides investors exposure to a range of global equity markets at a cost of only 0.77%. This compares well to other actively managed funds, where fees are generally 1.50% or higher plus performance fees.

Again, over the longer term we are performing roughly in line with our peers, however, the margin between the benchmark and our portfolio is slightly wider than we would like. This is the result of an under allocation to the US over the period when compared to our benchmark in favour of aligning closer to the regional allocation of our peer group.

 

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InvestSMART Core Growth Portfolio

 

The InvestSMART Core Growth Portfolio produced a return of 2.85% (after fees) during October.

The iShares S&P500 ETF (IVV) was the best performing security for the month up 4.86%.

The estimated yield on the portfolio is currently 2.90%.

Since inception, the portfolio has returned 7.86% per annum (after fees).

 

Performance to 31 October 2017

1 Month

3 Months

6 Months

1 Year

2 Years

3 Years

SI (p.a)

InvestSMART Core Growth

2.85%

4.24%

2.77%

13.11%

6.38%

7.31%

7.86%

Morningstar Aus Msec Growth TR AUD

2.87%

4.64%

3.23%

12.49%

7.05%

8.09%

8.58%

Excess to Benchmark

-0.02%

-0.40%

-0.46%

0.63%

-0.67%

-0.78%

-0.72%

RBA Cash Rate 3%

0.37%

1.13%

2.27%

4.59%

4.76%

4.95%

4.95%

Excess to Objective

2.48%

3.11%

0.50%

8.52%

1.62%

2.36%

2.91%

Figure 2: Portfolio Performance after fees

Source: InvestSMART

 

 

InvestSMART Diversified Income Portfolio

 

The InvestSMART Diversified Income Portfolio produced a return of 1.85% (after fees) during October.

The iShares Core S&P/ASX200 ETF (IOZ) was the best performing security for the month up 4.09%.

The estimated yield on the portfolio is currently 3.30%.

Since inception, the portfolio has returned 4.52% per annum (after fees).

 

Performance to 31 October 2017

1 Month

3 Months

6 Months

1 Year

2 Years

SI (p.a)

InvestSMART Diversified Income

1.85%

2.04%

1.01%

6.26%

4.94%

4.52%

Morningstar Aus Msec Moderate TR AUD

1.54%

2.34%

2.06%

6.08%

4.65%

5.00%

Excess to Benchmark

0.31%

-0.30%

-1.05%

0.18%

0.29%

-0.48%

RBA Cash Rate 1%

0.21%

0.63%

1.26%

2.53%

2.69%

2.83%

Excess to Objective

1.65%

1.42%

-0.25%

3.73%

2.25%

1.69%

Figure 3: Portfolio Performance after fees

Source: InvestSMART

 

 

InvestSMART Interest Income Portfolio

 

The InvestSMART Interest Income Portfolio produced a return of 0.40% (after fees) during October.

The iShares Core Composite Bond ETF (IAF) was the best performing security for the month, up 0.82%.

The estimated yield on the portfolio is currently 2.41%.

Since inception, the portfolio has returned 2.20% per annum (after fees).

 

Performance to 31 October 2017

1 Month

3 Months

6 Months

1 Year

SI (p.a)

InvestSMART Interest Income

0.40%

0.47%

0.99%

1.26%

2.20%

Bloomberg AusBond Composite 0 Y TR AUD

1.09%

0.77%

1.28%

1.64%

3.34%

Excess to Benchmark

-0.69%

-0.30%

-0.29%

-0.38%

-1.14%

Figure 4: Portfolio Performance after fees

Source: InvestSMART

 

 

InvestSMART Diversified Property & Infrastructure Portfolio

 

The InvestSMART Diversified Property & Infrastructure Portfolio produced a return of 1.60% (after fees) during October.

AGL Energy Limited (AGL) was the best performing security for the month up 8.11% while Westfield Corp (WFD) was worst performing at -0.89%.

The estimated yield on the portfolio is currently 3.20%.

Since inception, the portfolio has returned 4.78% per annum (after fees).

 

Performance to 31 October 2017

1 Month

3 Months

6 Months

1 Year

SI (p.a)

InvestSMART Diversified Property & Infrastructure Portfolio

1.60%

1.65%

-4.73%

3.73%

4.78%

A Composite Index

2.39%

2.23%

-3.82%

6.00%

6.61%

Excess to Benchmark

-0.80%

-0.58%

-0.90%

-2.28%

-1.83%

Figure 5: Portfolio Performance after fees

Source: InvestSMART

 

 

InvestSMART International Equities Portfolio

 

The InvestSMART International Equities Portfolio produced a return of 4.52% (after fees) during October.

The iShares Asia 50 ETF (IAA) was the best performing security for the month up 8.70%.

The estimated yield on the portfolio is currently 2.02%.

Since inception, the portfolio has returned 11.97% per annum (after fees).

 

Performance to 31 October 2017

1 Month

3 Months

6 Months

1 Year

2 Years

3 Years

SI (p.a)

InvestSMART International Equities

4.52%

8.30%

6.78%

20.70%

6.47%

11.14%

11.97%

MSCI World Ex Australia NR AUD

4.28%

8.74%

6.97%

22.00%

7.43%

13.37%

14.21%

Excess to Benchmark

0.24%

-0.45%

-0.19%

-1.30%

-0.96%

-2.23%

-2.24%

Figure 6: Portfolio Performance after fees

Source: InvestSMART

 

 

InvestSMART Hybrid Income Portfolio

 

The InvestSMART Hybrid Income Portfolio produced a return of 0.75% (after fees) during October.

NAB Convertible Preference Shares II (NABPB) was the best performing security for the month up 1.46% while the Macquarie Group Capital Notes 2 (MQGPB) was worst performing at -0.09%.

The estimated Gross Running Yield (incl. of franking) is currently 5.2% while the Yield to Maturity (incl. of franking) is 4.9%.

Since inception, the portfolio has returned 1.88% per annum (after fees).

 

Performance to 31 October 2017

1 Month

3 Months

SI (p.a)

InvestSMART Hybrid Income

0.75%

1.77%

1.88%

RBA Cash Rate 3%

0.37%

1.13%

1.51%

Excess to Benchmark

0.38%

0.64%

0.37%

Figure 7: Portfolio Performance after fees

Source: InvestSMART

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