Forsyth Barr Premium Yield Fund
The fund aims to achieve positive long-term returns by investing in selected New Zealand and international fixed interest assets, subject to the risks associated with investments in fixed interest markets. Typically, the fund is close to fully invested in New Zealand fixed interest assets.
AS AT 6 Aug 2020
Month End Unit Price
As at 30 Jun 2020
The June quarter was a simpler affair for fixed interest investors when compared to the previous quarter.
Indeed, returns for the Forsyth Barr Premium Yield Fund were positive for the June quarter as compared to March’s negative quarterly returns.
Interestingly enough, the fund’s key investment themes where unchanged over the last six months -
- an overinvestment in long-dated New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency bonds (NZLGFA)
- exposures to senior / unsubordinated fixed interest securities listed on the NZX debt market.
Synchronised and aggressive international monetary and fiscal policies have driven the yields on global government bonds lower, igniting investor desire to purchase higher yielding non-government bonds - benefitting the fund’s investments in NZLGAF bonds (which we consider to be a New Zealand Government bond proxy) and fixed interest securities listed on the NZX.
We intend to continue to hold the securities currently in the fund, on the basis of our analysis which is that these securities will continue to pay scheduled interest coupons and principal at maturity. Simply put, we are confident in the on-going government and government agency responses and the actions of the boards and senior management of the companies we have invested in. While it won’t be business as usual, as New Zealand enters a sharp and deep recession over the remainder of this year, we continue to see the need for a portfolio of preferred securities that pay regular income.
Furthermore, we see the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s May Monetary Policy Statement as the official licence to maintain the twin thrust of local monetary policy: an Official Cash Rate of 0.25% and Quantitative Easing, via the Large Scale Asset Purchase programme.
To us, the RBNZ has made clear its intentions to lower interest rates across the local economy and to keep them low for an extended period of time
Our elected and appointed officials have done a remarkable job in their initial response to COVID-19.
Over the June quarter the RBNZ actively continued with its mandate to keep our financial system functioning – we back the biggest and most successful investor in town to get the job done!
As at 30 Jun 2020
|ANZ transactional bank account||11.47%|
|New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency Ltd 14/04/2033 3.50%||7.78%|
|New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency Ltd 15/04/2027 4.50%||5.70%|
|New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency Ltd 15/04/2025 2.75%||3.57%|
|Bank of New Zealand Subordinated Note 17/12/2025 5.314%||3.51%|
|Housing New Zealand 2.97% 12/06/2023||2.76%|
|Vector Ltd 14/03/2024 4.996%||2.46%|
|Housing New Zealand 3.36% 12/06/2025||2.35%|
|New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency Ltd 15/05/2021 6.00%||2.29%|
|Housing New Zealand 3.42% 18/10/2028||1.92%|
|Major holdings as % of total portfolio||43.81%|
|Total portfolio holdings||74|
As at 30 Jun 2020
|1 Month||3 Months||1 Year||3 Years*||Since commenced operation*|
|Net Fund Return||1 Month 0.22%||3 Months 3.26%||1 Year 3.56%||3 Years* 3.72%||Since commenced operation* 4.13%|
|Gross Fund Return||1 Month 0.38%||3 Months 4.77%||1 Year 5.83%||3 Years* 6.04%||Since commenced operation* 6.79%|
|S&P/NZX Investment Grade Corporate Bond Index||1 Month 0.20%||3 Months 3.47%||1 Year 5.84%||3 Years* 5.78%||Since commenced operation* 6.57%|
The unit prices shown do not take into account any adjustment for PIE tax.
Net Fund Returns are calculated after deduction of fund charges, trading expenses and accrued tax for a New Zealand resident paying individual tax at the highest Prescribed Investor Rate (28%). Gross Fund Returns are calculated before deduction of taxes and fund charges but after deduction of trading expenses. Market index returns do not have any deductions for fund charges, trading expenses or tax.
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As at 30 June 2020
This document tells you how the Forsyth Barr Premium Yield Fund has performed and what fees were charged. The document will help you to compare the fund with other funds.
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The risk indicator is rated from 1 (low) to 7 (high). The rating reflects how much the value of the relevant fund’s assets goes up and down (volatility). A higher risk generally means higher potential returns over time, but more ups and downs along the way. The risk indicator is based on the returns data for the five years to 30 June 2020. See more information about the risks of investing in the Product Disclosure Statement.
Target investment mix
|Cash and cash equivalents||5.00%|
|New Zealand fixed interest||90.00%|
|International fixed interest||5.00%|
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