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NAV on 2021/09/17
NAV on 2021/09/16 137.3354
52 week high on 2020/12/31 138.0969
52 week low on 2021/04/01 135.4976
Total Expense Ratio on 2021/06/30 0.87
Total Expense Ratio (performance fee) on 2021/06/30 0
Incl Dividends
1 month change 0.4% 0.4%
3 month change 0.13% 1.3%
6 month change 0.29% 2.66%
1 year change 0.27% 5.25%
5 year change 0.02% 7.73%
10 year change -0.12% 7.32%
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  • Sectoral allocations
Derivatives 1.31 0.00%
Fixed Interest 4818.05 8.60%
Gilt 2.72 0.00%
Liquid Assets 30.59 0.05%
Money Market 1311.34 2.34%
SA Bonds 49872.05 89.00%
  • Top five holdings
U-SBKIMM 4818.05 8.6%
MONEYMARK 907.90 1.62%
MM-02MONTH 403.43 0.72%
AIRNAM04 2.72 0%
FUTURES M 1.31 0%
  • Performance against peers
  • Fund data  
Management company:
STANLIB Collective Investments (RF) (Pty) Limited
Formation date:
ISIN code:
Short name:
South African--Interest Bearing--Short Term
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  • Fund management  
Henk Viljoen
Henk started his career in 1984 as a bursary student at the marketing division of Telkom, moving to the treasury division after one year. Henk became an economist at Senbank in 1986, before rejoining the treasury environment in 1989 at Senbank. Henk joined Liberty Asset Management in 1990 and assumed responsibility for STANLIB's cash and fixed-interest teams in 2000. Henk is regarded as one of the best fixed-interest managers in the country due to his consistent performance in respect of STANLIB's Bond and Income Funds.
Victor Mphaphuli
Victor joined SCMB Treasury in 1996 as a trainee dealer in the foreign exchange markets and later moved to Nedcor Investment Bank as a capital markets dealer. In early 2001, he joined Libam's fixed interest team as a capital markets dealer and assistant to Henk Viljoen.
Sylvester Kobo

  • Fund manager's comment

STANLIB Income Fund - Dec 19

2020/03/02 00:00:00
Fund review
The STANLIB Income Fund continued to deliver good performance for the quarter, bringing the one-year return to 9.8%. The fund’s modified duration moved from 0.36 years to 0.56 years for the portfolio to benefit from expected interest rate cuts. Credit spreads generally moved sideways during the quarter. Inflows into the fund continued throughout the third quarter, with the fund size increasing from R41.3 billion to end the quarter at R44.6 billion.
Market overview
Ongoing global trade tensions continued to affect confidence negatively in Q3 2019, putting further strain on emerging market assets. The rand was on the back foot, losing about 6% against the dollar, while the 10-year benchmark government bond was almost 20 basis points weaker at the end of the quarter. The global backdrop still remains supportive for emerging market bonds due to an increasing number of negative-yielding bonds in developed markets and lower-trending inflation globally. The US Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time since the financial crisis, indicating that these are midcycle cuts to provide “insurance” against weaker growth rather than a longer-term policy change.
The Fed’s cuts have encouraged emerging market central banks, including the SARB, which are facing declining inflation and slowing growth, to follow suit. This provides further support for emerging market yields to perform well despite the volatility driven by the US/China trade war. SA’s headline inflation moderated to a low of 4% y/y in the quarter, and is expected to average 4.2% for the year. The SA government issued a eurobond that was over-subscribed, raising $5 billion instead of the $4 billion that was planned initially. This will go a long way towards improving the government’s funding requirements ahead of the MTBPS late in October. There has been some compression in the yield curve as the government is not considering any more switch auctions for this calendar year, which eases pressure in the ultra-long end of the curve with issuances.
At a conference held in SA in September, Moody’s stated that SA’s fiscal deterioration over the past decade has been in line with the median Baa3 countries. This improves SA’s prospects of avoiding a downgrade, with the worst-case scenario being an outlook change from stable to negative. Moody’s sees the structure of SA’s debt as having lower refinancing risk than its peers. The South African CDS spread is trading wider than comparable peers that are already in junk territory, meaning that the markets have already priced in a downgrade to junk status. A reprieve by Moody’s would give SA an opportunity to produce a credible economic restructuring plan to deal with its persistent fiscal slippage and stimulate economic growth prospects. If there is no downgrade, this will be positive for the bond market.
Looking ahead
With survey data in the US and eurozone continuing to indicate a slowdown in growth, coupled with dim growth prospects locally and inflation firmly inside the target range, local bonds are still expected to offer attractive returns given their compelling real yields in comparison to peers. The wider currency and credit risk premiums built into bond prices are expected to gradually unwind after the October MTBPS and Moody’s rating announcements. Globally, the ECB will resume its open-ended quantitative easing programme in the fourth quarter and the Fed is expected to continue cutting interest rates to manage the slowdown in the US economy. This leaves room for the SARB to cut rates in November.
  • Fund focus and objective  
The STANLIB Income Fund's primary objective is a reasonable level of current income and maximum stability for capital invested.
Securities normally to be included in the portfolio will consist of fixed income securities embracing non equity securities, stock, financially sound preference shares, debenture stock, debenture bonds and unsecured notes to be acquired at fair market prices.
The weighted average maturity of this portfolio may not exceed 2 years. This portfolio may not have any direct and/or indirect foreign exposure.

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