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Devon Funds goes global

Devon Funds, which has primarily been an Australasian fund manager has launched two global funds with a sustainable focus. 

Wednesday, April 13th 2022, 6:00AM 2 Comments

The new PIE offerings are the Devon Global Sustainability Fund and the Devon Global Impact Bond Fund. The two new funds will be managed by Wellington Management, a leading global investment management firm with more than US$1.4 trillion in assets under management.

Wellington was, many years ago, a key underlying manager for some of the NZ Funds Managements offerings. The firm is a market leader in sustainable investment offerings.

The Devon Global Sustainability Fund aims to deliver long-term total returns in excess of the MSCI All Country World index in NZD (50% hedged) by investing in a selective portfolio of global equities managed by Wellington Management.

It seeks to invest in companies globally that generate high return on capital relative to their peers, and whose management teams and boards display exemplary stewardship to sustain those returns over time. Wellington define stewardship as how companies balance the interests of all stakeholders in the pursuit of profits and how they incorporate material environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities in their corporate strategy.

The fund adopts a highly selective approach in investing in typically 35-45 stocks, relying on Wellington Management’s own internal ESG research. Wellington actively engage investee companies, holding those in charge to account and encouraging companies to commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 in alignment with the Paris Agreement.

The Devon Global Impact Bond Fund aims to deliver long-term total returns in excess of the Bloomberg Global Aggregate index in NZD (100% hedged) by investing in a diverse portfolio of global bonds managed by Wellington Management.

It seeks to understand the world’s social and environmental problems and to identify and invest primarily in debt issued by companies and organisations that they believe are addressing these needs in a differentiated way through their core products, services and projects.

Through the Fund’s investments, it aims to improve access to, and the quality of, basic life essentials, reduce inequality and mitigate the effects of climate change. High impact issuers are selected with each investment’s level of impact measured and quantified.

Devon Funds managing director Slade Robertson said the new funds will further strengthen Devon’s sustainability offering.

"Wellington Management have a deep investment team with robust investment processes, and a strong track record.  They have a rigorous approach to ESG investing which is a strong fit with Devon’s own responsible investing framework."

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On 12 April 2022 at 2:41 pm Graeme33 said:
Fees 1.2% pa...not competitive really ...Graeme Adams
On 13 April 2022 at 11:52 am Another AFA said:
Cheaper than Nikko Disruptive Fund, Platinum and Magellan Global..... maybe more competitive than you think @Graeme Adams.

Certainly not the cheapest, but not outrageous either. Want to see outrageous, check out the Booster multiasset fund fees (Shocking!!)

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