Asia Pacific

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

Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)Fund Size (M)Yield (%)
AXA Rosenberg Asia Pacific Ex Japan Z Acc35.8341.2755.24210.922.04Buy
Aberdeen Asia Pacific Equity I Acc33.3135.1444.941,274.251.30Buy
Aberdeen Asia Pacific & Japan Equity I Acc31.5241.1451.92138.491.10Buy
Aberdeen Global Asian Local Currency Short Duration Bond R2 GBP15.0628.7424.98173.342.80Buy
Aberdeen Global Asia Pacific Equity R2 GBP33.4635.2444.783,383.821.20Buy
Aberdeen Global Asian Smaller Companies R2 GBP25.5329.0146.461,812.611.50Buy
Alquity Asia R GBP25.28--50.27-Buy
Alquity Asia Y GBP30.19--50.27-Buy
Baillie Gifford Developed Asia Pacific B Acc26.3269.5590.76121.341.00Buy
Baillie Gifford Pacific B Acc35.3348.2777.23269.830.50Buy
Baring ASEAN Frontiers I Acc Nav GBP24.1435.7643.37453.60-Buy
Baring Eastern Trust I Acc GBP32.2070.3477.1858.90-Buy
BlackRock Asia D Acc41.4655.43-52.050.87Buy
BlackRock GF Asian Growth Leaders D2RF GBP43.0783.20-1,980.81-Buy
BlackRock Pacific ex Japan Equity Tracker D Acc34.1840.3660.021,202.772.67Buy
CF Canlife Asia Pacific C Acc GBP33.0426.7340.30126.711.12Buy
CF Ruffer Pacific C Acc13.4538.9379.27333.260.99Buy
CF Ruffer Pacific O Acc13.1037.6276.60333.261.11Buy
F&C Pacific Growth 2 Acc38.8458.9466.6764.321.30Buy
Fidelity Asia W Acc37.5266.1077.352,368.57-Buy

Investment Trusts

Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)DiscountNAV
Aberdeen Asian Income Ord27.5524.6239.47--Buy
Aberdeen New India Investment Trust PLC Ord 25P37.0497.74118.23-11.18491.98Buy
Aberdeen Asian Smaller Companies Investment Trust PLC Ord 25p26.8827.0550.17-12.621,170.79Buy
Aberdeen Asian Smaller Companies Investment Trust PLC Convertible Unsecured Loan Stock 201916.7520.57---Buy
Aberdeen New Dawn Investment Trust PLC Ord 5p39.6735.1448.28-12.55244.70Buy
Aberdeen New Thai Investment Trust PLC Ord 25p29.4345.6678.26-14.56610.68Buy
Alpha Real Trust Limited32.34131.9089.13--Buy
Aseana Properties Ltd18.1827.6120.93--Buy
Edinburgh Dragon Trust plc Ord 20p36.5438.6949.53-11.57383.35Buy
Fidelity Asian Values PLC Ord49.7795.76121.47-3.31409.83Buy
Fidelity Asian Values PLC Sub Shs 0.001P-----Buy
Fidelity China Special Situations Plc41.1199.64165.66-13.75225.28Buy
Henderson Far East Income Ltd Ord35.0241.4666.032.15356.10Buy
India Capital Growth51.45121.45155.40-19.28113.51Buy
Invesco Asia Trust plc39.0466.8893.30-13.08297.10Buy
JP Morgan Asian IT plc Ord 25P46.4960.5572.21-10.05341.03Buy
JP Morgan Chinese IT plc36.4656.6682.56-14.03261.73Buy
JP Morgan Indian IT plc39.2096.84114.22-10.26797.30Buy
Macau Property Opportunities50.77-27.6571.54-30.46245.00Buy
Martin Currie Asia Unconstrained Trust37.2854.1461.36-11.02420.74Buy

ETFs

Name6 Months (%)1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)CurrencySector
DB X-Trackers MSCI AC Asia Ex Japan Index UCITS ETF 1C GBP4.1435.0049.5757.39GBXEquity - Asia Pacific ex JapanBuy
DB X-Trackers MSCI Pacific Ex Japan Index UCITS ETF (DR) 1C GBP7.0333.5938.3262.56GBXEquity - Asia Pacific ex JapanBuy
HSBC MSCI EM Far East GBP3.9337.2747.4846.12GBXEquity - Asia Pacific ex JapanBuy
HSBC MSCI Indonesia GBP-2.4432.6238.9125.49GBXEquity - Asia Pacific Single CountryBuy
HSBC MSCI Korea GBP9.3837.1336.8742.65GBXEquity - KoreaBuy
HSBC MSCI Pacific Ex Japan GBP4.4730.2535.0259.38GBXEquity - Asia Pacific ex JapanBuy
Lyxor UCITS ETF MSCI Indonesia C GBP-2.0133.6639.05-GBXEquity - Asia Pacific Single CountryBuy
Lyxor UCITS ETF MSCI AC Asia Pacific Ex Japan C GBP4.1233.9743.30-GBXEquity - Asia Pacific ex JapanBuy
SPDR MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF GBP4.4037.2551.8656.57GBPEquity - Emerging MarketsBuy
SPDR S&P Pan Asia Dividend Aristrocrats UCITS ETF GBP0.9527.7657.32-GBPEquity - Asia Pacific inc JapanBuy
SSGA SPDR Citi Asia Local Government Bond UCITS ETF GBP-7.2911.9129.99-GBPFixed Int - Asia PacificBuy
UBS ETF - MSCI Pacific (ex Japan) UCITS ETF (USD) A Dis GBP4.6030.6035.87-GBXEquity - Asia Pacific ex JapanBuy
Vanguard FTSE Developed Asia Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF GBP6.0832.7837.76-GBPEquity - Asia Pacific ex JapanBuy
iShares Asia Property Yield UCITS ETF GBP-2.2419.9652.3072.00GBPProperty - AsiaBuy
iShares Asia Pacific Dividend UCITS ETF GBP2.4432.7829.7549.83GBPEquity - Asia Pacific inc JapanBuy
iShares Core MSCI Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF Acc GBP4.6930.6636.3260.03GBXEquity - Asia Pacific ex JapanBuy
iShares Emerging Asia Local Government Bond UCITS ETF GBP-7.2612.0331.7532.64GBPFixed Int - Emerging MarketsBuy
iShares MSCI AC Far East ex-Japan SmallCap UCITS ETF GBP1.2823.8630.7651.99GBPEquity - Asia Pacific ex JapanBuy
iShares MSCI Korea UCITS ETF Acc GBP9.0337.0637.5144.39GBXEquity - KoreaBuy
iShares MSCI Korea UCITS ETF Inc GBP9.7037.8037.6145.41GBPEquity - KoreaBuy

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