HE SAYS, SHE SAYS
The perennial debate of active versus passive investing has been bubbling away for years. Proponents of active investing argue that these funds tend to outperform the benchmark as their aim is to seek alpha, which comes at a higher cost. On the other hand, advocates of passive investing contend that these funds are much cheaper, as they only aim to replicate beta. Indeed, Exchange-traded Funds (ETFs) have been growing popularity over the past decade, attracting record inflows in the first half of 2021.
That said, there are always two sides to a story. We believe that both strategies have a place in portfolio construction, and diversification is crucial for investors who want to get exposure to the best opportunities globally.
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BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
Here at Lion Global Investors, having a local heritage as well as parentage, we design our solutions for Singaporean investors, and with Singaporean investors in mind. Our All Seasons Fund was the brainchild of our CEO, Gerard Lee. His mission was simple – to promote low-cost investing because there are simply too many layers of fees that deter general mass market from investing.
This is made more relevant in today’s digital economy, where simple and affordable investing is of priority. To this end, our total expense ratio is being capped at 0.5% p.a., vs most other active funds at 1.5%. One reason why we are able to lower our Total Expense Ratio (TER) is our ability to leverage our size to lower the costs from underlying Lion Global Investors’ funds that we invest in.
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NUMBERS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS
This is an illustration to show you the difference in investment returns with a TER of 0.5% vs 1.5%, holding all things equal. Investment firm, Morningstar has showed that TERs are a predictor of future fund funds. In fact, the cheapest-quintile funds were three times as likely to succeed as the priciest quintile. Bottom line – one way to earn higher investment returns is to pay lower fees. Hence the old adage goes, every cent counts.
- Investment Amount: $100,000
- Annual Returns: 5% p.a.
- Period: 20 years
1Global ETFs draw record inflows in first half of 2021 – Reuters
2The Best Predictor of Future Fund Performance – CBS News
*Total Expense Ratio (TER) s the sum of various identified operating expenses charged on an ongoing basis to the fund’s assets as a percentage of the fund’s average net asset value calculated over a 12-month period at the close of the annual and semi-annual financial statements of the fund. A 5% p.a. rate of return is based on an investment into a 50% Equity and 50% Bond portfolio on the assumption that equity returns 8% p.a. and bonds return 2% p.a. and is not indicative of the expected return of the LionGlobal All Seasons Fund (Growth) / (Standard). Past performance, as well as any prediction, projection, or forecast on the economy, securities market, or the economic trends of the markets are not necessarily indicative of the future or likely performance of the funds. TER of 1.5% p.a. is based on Morningstar Benchmark Global Flexible Allocation as of 31 December 2019.
COME RAIN OR SHINE
Our All Seasons Funds (Standard and Growth) – as its name clearly suggests – aim to help investors better weather all seasons of volatility. It is a globally diversified strategy that provides access to opportunities via both active and passive instruments with 2 underlying asset classes (equities and fixed income) and across 8 strategies.
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TWO FLAVORS – TAKE YOUR PICK
It provides two options from different risk profiles – a Standard portfolio where there is a greater allocation on fixed income or bonds, as well as a Growth portfolio where there is a greater allocation on equities. These portfolios are rebalanced every month to maintain its intended allocations, as well as to reflect changes in the market dynamics, and the global economic outlook. On the back of Singaporean investors’ hunt for yield in this low interest rate environment, we have also recently introduced the monthly share class distribution (3% p.a.).
Source: Lion Global Investors, as of 31 August 2021. Opinions and estimates constitute our judgment and along with other portfolio data, are subject to change without notice.
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