Fidelity Asian Values share price and NAV rise 7% in CY2023 (LON:FAS)

Fidelity Asian Values plc (LON:FAS) has announced its monthly summary for December 2023.

Portfolio Manager Commentary

The Trust’s NAV rose 7.0% during the 12-month period ended 31 December 2023, underperforming its reference index which rose by 14.7%. The Trust’s share price rose 7.1% over the same period.

Stock selection was the key contributor to the Trust’s relative performance. Our investment process leads us to take contrarian positions in undervalued businesses. We have been finding a lot of such opportunities in China, where heighted perception of risks has led to a sharp decline in stock prices. But despite attractive valuations China continues to underperform and drag down the Trust’s relative returns versus the index. On the other hand, an underweight in Taiwan also held back relative returns. From a sector perspective, selections within energy and utilities added value. The Trust is managed with an absolute return focus, completely agnostic of the index, with a bias towards high quality and value stocks.

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