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Investec Global Quality Equity Income Fund

The Investec Global Quality Equity Income Fund provides a differentiated approach to income investing. A long-term approach which has been proven since it was launched in 2007.

Fund highlights

  • Focus on Quality companies – world leaders with long-term sustainable businesses maintained through high barriers to entry and competitive advantages.
  • Seeks strong sustainable dividend growth and above market dividend yield – companies generating sustainably high levels of free cashflow to drive future dividend growth.
  • Reduced uncertainty in an uncertain world– very downside aware with historically smaller drawdowns in falling markets, the Fund has provided attractive long-term total returns with lower volatility.


Excellent track record with low volatility since inception

The Fund has an excellent track record and has achieved very attractive risk-return characteristics over the long-term.

Figure 1: Risk vs. return since March 2007, in USD

Reduced uncertainty in an uncertain world

The Fund has a proven track record of outperformance in falling markets, dampening drawdowns for investors. Equally, the Fund has historically kept up with rising equity markets, resulting in attractive long-term outperformance.

Figure 2: Average rolling 12 month performance, in USD

Calendar (and Index**) year returns: 2018: -8.3% (-9.4%) 2017: 17.6% (24.0%); 2016: 1.9% (7.9%); 2015: 8.0% (-2.4%); 2014: 3.8% (4.2%)

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results, losses may be made.

Source for figure 1 and 2: Investec Asset Management: 30 September 2019. Performance is net of fees (NAV based, including ongoing charges, excluding initial charges), gross income reinvested, in USD.
*Since inception: 30 March 2007.
**Comparative index changed from MSCI World NR to MSCI AC World NR on 1 October 2011.
Performance is based on the primary share class of the Fund and would be lower on share classes with higher applicable charges.
Quartile ranking within GIFS Global Equity Income sector.


Superior dividend growth

Avoiding capital-intensive sectors such as utilities and natural resources, we focus on capital-light Quality companies that have the potential to pay a growing and sustainable dividend to investors.

Figure 3: Dividend received from US$100, invested in 1984

No representation is being made that any investment will or is likely to achieve profits or losses similar to those achieved in the past, or that significant losses will be avoided.

Source: Investec Asset Management, FactSet, 31.12.18. This is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold a particular security. The specific companies discussed herein are included to demonstrate the overall effect of compounding at the stock level, we compared a typical high quality health care company, with a fairly typical high growth cyclical mining company, and a fairly typical bond proxy utility company. The returns from different companies within these sectors will be different, with some better and some worse performers, but we think that these examples illustrate the point we are trying to make.

Learn more about Quality companies for growth and Income

General risks

The value of investments, and any income generated from them, can fall as well as rise. Where charges are taken from capital, this may constrain future growth.

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. If any currency differs from the investor's home currency, returns may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations.

Investment objectives and performance targets may not necessarily be achieved, losses may be made.

Specific risks: Concentrated portfolio: The portfolio invests in a relatively small number of individual holdings. This may mean wider fluctuations in value than more broadly invested portfolios. Currency exchange: Changes in the relative values of different currencies may adversely affect the value of investments and any related income. Derivatives: The use of derivatives is not intended to increase the overall level of risk. However, the use of derivatives may still lead to large changes in value and includes the potential for large financial loss. A counterparty to a derivative transaction may fail to meet its obligations which may also lead to a financial loss. Equity investment: The value of equities (e.g. shares) and equity-related investments may vary according to company profits and future prospects as well as more general market factors. In the event of a company default (e.g. insolvency), the owners of their equity rank last in terms of any financial payment from that company.

Clyde Rossouw

Portfolio Manager

Abrie Pretorius

Portfolio Manager

Important information

All information is as at 30.09.19, unless otherwise stated.

Performance is based on the Guernsey B Global Opportunity Equity Fund that was launched on 30.03.07 and then merged on 03.12.10 into the newly launched GSF Global Opportunity Equity Fund in order to make the strategy more accessible to a broader range of investors. On 16.07.15 the Fund changed its name to Global Quality Equity Income Fund and its investment objective was clarified to reflect its above average income profile as well as long-term capital focus. Performance is based on the primary share class of the fund and would be lower on share classes with higher applicable charges.

Fund ratings may be provided by independent rating agencies based on a range of investment criteria, and do not constitute investment advice by Investec Asset Management. For a full description of the ratings please see

Indices are shown for illustrative purposes only, are unmanaged and do not take into account market conditions or the costs associated with investing. Further, the manager’s strategy may deploy investment techniques and instruments not used to generate Index performance. For this reason, the performance of the manager and the Indices are not directly comparable. 

MSCI data is sourced from MSCI Inc. MSCI makes no express or implied warranties or representations and shall have no liability whatsoever with respect to any MSCI data contained herein. The MSCI data may not be further redistributed or used as a basis for other indices or any securities or financial products. This report is not approved, endorsed, reviewed or produced by MSCI. None of the MSCI data is intended to constitute investment advice or a recommendation to make (or refrain from making) any kind of investment decision and may not be relied on as such.

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