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At close 27-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.
Accommodative monetary policy, made possible by still-weak energy and commodity prices, continued to support Asian equities in February.
In February, we sold Singapore Post after the stock had a solid run and as the dividend yield no longer appeared attractive.
In corporate news, Standard Chartered announced a sweeping overhaul at the top. Bill Winters will replace Peter Sands as CEO in June. Group executive director Jaspal Bindra will step down this year and chairman John Peace will follow suit in 2016. New independent directors will also be brought on board. We believe these changes should strengthen the bank and position it well for an emerging markets recovery.
On the earnings front, most of our holdings reported results that met or exceeded expectations, including SingTel.
However, quarterly results for the three Singapore banks OCBC, UOB and DBS missed expectations slightly, with growth slowing in tandem with higher provisions. Nevertheless, asset quality remained resilient, with limited exposure to the energy and commodities segment.
Elsewhere, HSBC’s profits were hurt by lower margins and fee income as well as fines for infractions under the previous management’s watch. While the bank still has some housekeeping to complete, we remain confident of its valuable global franchise and management. In Australia, QBE Insurance’s second-half results signalled a clearer turnaround in its business, with management delivering on its strategy to reduce earnings volatility and improve capital positions. Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton reported resilient results despite a challenging pricing environment. With solid free cash flow generation, Rio Tinto announced a higher-than-expected share buyback and a 12% increase in full-year dividend. BHP Billiton also maintained a progressive dividend policy.
Deflationary threats have come to the fore, exacerbated by weaker commodity and energy prices in recent months. We maintain the view that cheaper oil and commodities is a good thing as it helps lower costs for consumers and businesses alike. Central banks are likely to continue with more easing measures to spur growth, and this should be supportive of asset prices in the medium term. At the time of writing, India surprised with a second rate cut this year. Conversely, the expected normalisation of Federal Reserve monetary policy and the US dollar’s strength could prove a significant dampener for Asia. In addition, localised headwinds have surfaced. Across Asia, elevated household debt might negate the positive effects of cheaper oil and commodities, while exports will continue to be weighed down by the Chinese slowdown. However, cost cuts and capital preservation in a period of weak demand should boost margins and place well-run companies in good stead for a cyclical upturn.
Source: Monthly Factsheet Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited