Introduction to Asia Pacific
Asia Pacific funds will aim to harness the growth of companies in the Asia Pacific region. In general, funds will either include or exclude Japan, but will almost certainly include the larger developed stock markets of Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, plus the developing markets of India, China, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines. Taiwan and South Korea are defined as both emerging and developed by different ratings providers.
Among the major indices in the region are the Hang Seng in Hong Kong, which will also hold a lot of China-based companies, the Shanghai Composite, the Strait Times index in Singapore and the S&P CNX Nifty in India. Each index has different characteristics. For example, the Australian markets are commodity-focused and as such may rise and fall with the commodities cycle. The Hang Seng is broader, offering the greatest diversity in the region.
As there are many emerging markets within the Asia Pacific region, Asian markets will tend to do better in a climate of rising global growth. Increasingly, markets in the region are dependent on the growth of China. Previously Asia Pacific would have been seen as a 'growth' investment, but fund managers are increasingly offering income strategies as a dividend culture develops across the region.
The tax treatment of investments is subject to tax law and HMRC practice which are subject to change. The value of investments may be affected by exchange rate movements where the underlying investments are not denominated in Pounds Sterling.
OEICs and Unit Trusts
OEICs and Unit Trusts
|Name||6 Months (%)||1 Year (%)||3 Years (%)||5 Years (%)||Currency||Sector|
|HSBC MSCI EM Far East GBP||-2.81||14.64||27.20||52.82||GBX||Equity - Asia Pacific ex Japan||Buy|
|HSBC MSCI Indonesia GBP||-5.74||-5.61||14.13||-4.13||GBX||Equity - Asia Pacific Single Country||Buy|
|HSBC MSCI Korea GBP||-2.80||13.87||39.20||56.38||GBX||Equity - Korea||Buy|
|HSBC MSCI Malaysia NAV GBP||10.92||12.32||7.10||-||GBP||Equity - Asia Pacific Single Country||Buy|
|HSBC MSCI Pacific Ex Japan GBP||-3.15||1.38||21.22||27.16||GBX||Equity - Asia Pacific ex Japan||Buy|
|HSBC MSCI Taiwan NAV GBP||-5.88||5.12||31.04||68.05||GBP||Equity - Asia Pacific Single Country||Buy|
|HSBC MSCI AC Far East Exjapan UCITS ETF NAV GBP||-1.68||14.52||27.39||-||GBP||Equity - Asia Pacific ex Japan||Buy|
|LYXOR MSCI Pacific Ex Japan UCITS ETF D USD GBP||-4.89||-2.22||-||-||GBX||Equity - Asia Pacific ex Japan||Buy|
|Lyxor ETF Thailand (SET50 Net TR) C Cap USD||16.52||33.24||-||20.01||USD||Equity - Asia Pacific Single Country||Buy|
|Lyxor UCITS ETF MSCI Malaysia USD||17.97||22.68||-1.98||-6.28||USD||Equity - Asia Pacific Single Country||Buy|
|Lyxor UCITS ETF MSCI Taiwan GBP||-6.94||3.28||28.36||-||GBX||Equity - Asia Pacific Single Country||Buy|
|Lyxor UCITS ETF MSCI Indonesia C GBP||-5.55||-5.38||14.79||-||GBX||Equity - Asia Pacific Single Country||Buy|
|SPDR MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF GBP||-2.42||13.36||27.76||58.78||GBP||Equity - Emerging Markets||Buy|
|SPDR S&P Pan Asia Dividend Aristrocrats UCITS ETF GBP||-3.40||4.45||23.67||-||GBP||Equity - Asia Pacific inc Japan||Buy|
|Smartshares NZ Mid Cap||-1.90||17.58||46.98||100.21||NZD||Equity - Asia Pacific Single Country||Buy|
|UBS ETF - MSCI Pacific Socially Responsible UCITS ETF (USD) A Dis GBP||-3.01||3.14||22.65||38.86||GBX||Equity - Asia Pacific inc Japan||Buy|
|UBS ETF - MSCI Pacific (ex Japan) UCITS ETF (USD) A Dis GBP||-3.33||1.36||21.52||27.28||GBX||Equity - Asia Pacific ex Japan||Buy|
|Vanguard FTSE Developed Asia Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF GBP||-2.97||5.91||28.29||-||GBP||Equity - Asia Pacific ex Japan||Buy|
|Xtrackers FTSE Vietnam Swap UCITS ETF 1C GBP||27.62||37.98||44.37||69.27||GBP||Equity - Asia Pacific Single Country||Buy|
|Xtrackers II USD Asia ex Japan Corporate Bond UCITS ETF 1D USD||-5.15||-2.55||-||-||USD||Fixed Int - USD Corporate Bond||Buy|
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