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At close 03-Mar-2015Ord
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The objective of Aberdeen Asian Income Fund Limited is to provide investors with a total return primarily through investing in Asian Pacific securities, including those with an above-average yield. The Company does not expect, at least initially, to have any significant Japanese exposure.
In this webcast, Flavia Cheong gives an update on a wide range of subjects including the Trust’s performance, the geographic and sectoral positioning of the portfolio for the Trust.
A wave of monetary policy easing buoyed Asian stock markets in January, as central banks in India and Singapore as well as their counterparts in Europe, Turkey and Canada moved to boost economic growth. Paring gains was Switzerland’s decision to end its cap on the franc against the euro, which caused global risk aversion to spike, albeit briefly.
In January, we pared the positions in United Overseas Bank, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, POS Malaysia, China Mobile and DFCC Bank bonds. Proceeds were used to top up Yingde Gases bonds.
In portfolio-related news, Keppel made an offer to privatise its 55%-owned property subsidiary Keppel Land. We view the opportunistic move, at a time when valuations are depressed, as a bid to diversify from the relatively weak offshore and marine (O&M) sector. That said, the conglomerate, whose full-year results met expectations, continued to grow its O&M business with contract wins despite the sector’s challenging outlook. Additionally, the infrastructure division continued to be streamlined. We remain sanguine about the group’s prospects as it aims to bolster its three core businesses amid the tough operating backdrop. Standard Chartered will exit its underperforming cash equity, equity research and equity capital markets businesses, cutting about 200 jobs in Asia. It also closed its Swiss private banking business. We view these as logical steps in the lender’s plans to save US$400 million this year and better align its resources to its core strategy.
Most signs point to a potentially looser policy environment in the medium term. Recent patchy US economic data could ease pressure on the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates by the first half of 2015. Murky outlooks for growth and inflation in both Europe and Japan could also precipitate more stimulus by the ECB and Bank of Japan, although we feel this would only soften the political will for crucial reforms. In China, authorities have reiterated their desire to pursue quality growth while maintaining an appropriate rate of expansion, an oblique reference to tougher times ahead, albeit cushioned by more targeted easing measures. Such rhetoric is likely to continue driving markets despite still-weak economic data. On the other hand, further shocks in the oil and currency markets could upend the uptrend. We are of the view, however, that lower oil prices are a good thing for Asia on the whole as it helps reduce costs for businesses and consumers alike, which should ultimately boost spending and induce investment. For now, earnings growth is likely to remain muted but companies with financial muscle and prudent management should be well placed to ride the region’s recovery over the long term.
Source: Monthly Factsheet Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited