Asia investment trust NAV and share price continue strong annual rise (LON:FAS)

Asia investment trust, Fidelity Asian Values PLC (LON:FAS) monthly factsheet for July 2023.

The Trust’s NAV rose 11.4% during the 12-month period ended 31 July 2023, outperforming its reference index which rose by 7.5%. The Trust’s share price rose 17.3% over the same period.

Stock selection was the key contributor to the Trust’s relative performance, particularly in China, Indonesia and India. Meanwhile, being underweight in Taiwan and South Korea held back the relative performance as Taiwan and South Korean equities were supported by the strong performance of several stocks in the technology sector. From a sector perspective, selections within health care, financials and energy added value. The Trust is managed with an absolute return focus, agnostic of the index, with a bias towards high quality and value stocks.

Given this approach, stock selection was the key contributor to the Trust’s relative performance. Of late, investors have been rotating out of growth stocks and into value names in the Asian small cap space, which has aided performance. This trend should continue as small cap value stocks remain at a significant discount to small cap growth stocks in Asia. Nitin Bajaj, the Portfolio Manager, continues to believe that owning good businesses, run by competent managements at attractive prices is the most time-tested way to make money in the stock market.

Overall, the Trust was overweight consumer discretionary, financials, consumer staples and energy. At a country level, it was overweight China, Australia and Indonesia.

Fidelity Asian Values Plc (LON:FAS) provides shareholders with a differentiated equity exposure to Asian Markets. Asia is the world’s fastest-growing economic region and the trust looks to capitalise on this by finding good businesses, run by good people and buying them at a good price.

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