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ASEAN Growth Fund
(An investment fund option for the Affuence Max, Affuence Max Gold and
Affuence Builder Series variable life insurance products of The Manufacturers Life
Insurance Co. (Phils.), Inc.)
Investment Objective
The objective of this Fund is to generate long-term capital growth through investments in equity and equity-related securities of companies
incorporated in countries which are members of ASEAN as well as companies incorporated outside ASEAN but with material exposure to
ASEAN markets. The Fund may hold cash and fixed income instruments for liquidity management purposes.
Fund Information
Why ASEAN markets
We know the ASEAN markets well: With presence in the
key ASEAN-6
and Greater China markets, we have in-depth
knowledge and understanding of the region.
An under-appreciated side of Asia: ASEAN markets,
predominantly represented by Indonesia, the Philippines,
Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, present growth and
return opportunities are yet to be fully appreciated by the
investment community.
Big market, young consumers: With close to half the
population of China, Southeast Asias population of
approximately 600 million constitutes a huge market with a
perceived steadily increasing purchasing power. Observed
rising income and high savings rates in the region highlight
the potential to convert into investments and consumption.
Top Ten Holdings
Country Allocation*
Sector Allocation*
Due to rounding, the total of Sector and Country Allocations may not equal to 100%.
* Investor should not base on this material alone to make investment decisions &
should read the offering documents for details, including risk factors, changes and
features of products.
Performance Returns (28 February 2014)
Inception date
26 November 2012
Fund size
US$43.38 million
Investment Fund Manager (the Manager)
Manulife Asset Management (Hong Kong) Limited
Base currency
Management fee
2.25% per annum (of which 0.9% will go to the Manager)
Price (NAV/unit)
MSCI South East Asia Small Cap Index
# ASEAN-6 includes Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and
ASEAN Growth Fund
(net of management fees)
1M 3M YTD 1Y Since
Fund Return
(%) 6.35 1.96 5.38 -8.62 3.90
Benchmark Return
(%) 6.14 0.57 3.54 -15.08 -3.61
Country Sector Holding
Suntec Real Estate Investment Trust Singapore Financials 3.50
Raffles Medical Group Ltd Singapore Health Care 3.35
M1 Limited Singapore
SATS Ltd Singapore Industrials 3.17
PetroVietnam Drilling & Well
Services JSC
Vietnam Energy 3.03
Perdana Petroleum Bhd. Malaysia Energy 2.90
GT Capital Holdings, Inc. Philippines Financials 2.78
Petrovietnam Gas JSC Vietnam Utilities 2.73
PT Total Bangun Persada Tbk Indonesia Industrials 2.70
PT Ciputra Development Tbk Indonesia Financials 2.53
Consumer discretionary
Consumer staples
Telecommunication services
Health care
Information Technology
Portfolio Benchmark
0.0 0.0
Indonesia Malaysia Philippines Singapore Thailand Vietnam Cash
Market Review
The MSCI South East Asia Small Cap Index (benchmark) surged 5.92% (USD terms) in February. Across the region, all
South East Asian markets posted positive returns with notable variance. Among the benchmark constituents, the best
performing market was Indonesia (up 14.99%), while the worst performing market was Singapore (up 2.86%).
In South East Asia, the recovery in developed markets improved the exports and trade balance for select countries in the
region. Indonesia recorded trade surplus for the third month, mostly driven by improving exports growth. In addition, the
nations Q4 2013 current account to GDP ratio came in at -2.0%, better than -3.8% in Q3 2013, while inflation increased
marginally to 4.2% in January from 4.1% in December. In the Philippines, the trade deficit narrowed from US$ 944
million to US$ 695 million in December, while the exports growth remained resilient at 15.8% y-o-y in December. In
Thailand, the 2013 fourth-quarter GDP growth slowed to 0.6% y-o-y, on the back of low business and consumer
sentiment due to the prolonged political uncertainty. In Malaysia, the 2013 fourth-quarter GDP increased by 5.1% y-o-y,
while the trade surplus remained largely steady at MYR 9.5 billion in December.
During the month, we selectively took profits in Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines as these markets have performed
well. We continue to rebalance our exposure in Thailand by selling stocks whose fundamentals have deteriorated and by
buying stocks whose values have become compelling following the selloff amid political stalemate in the country. We have
also selectively added exposure to Malaysia as we were able to find names that meet our growth and valuation criteria.
The regions equity markets have re-gained interest from global investors as the ASEAN markets are getting better in
terms of investment sentiment and stability. We remain invested in Vietnam equity market as valuation is relatively
inexpensive, dividend yield is attractive and the macro environment continues to improve. The political tension in
Thailand is showing signs of easing and we may look for opportunities in the market going forward.
Looking forward, we will continue to focus on fundamental research and invest in carefully selected companies with
strong management, niche products, leading market share and clear growth catalysts. Any unjustified weakness is seen
as an opportunity to buy.
The Asean Growth Fund is an investment fund option for The Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. (Phils.), Inc.s Affuence Max, Affuence Max Gold and Affuence Builder Series, and
is managed by Manulife Asset Management (Hong Kong) Limited.
The Investment Funds (Funds) mentioned in this document are specifc to variable life insurance contracts and are not considered mutual funds. Yields depend on interest and
foreign exchange rate levels, both of which may fuctuate. Other factors that affect yield include changes in the credit standing of the issuers and changes in the value of the
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associated with the variable life policy.
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