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Eurozone Equity Fund
Fund Snapshot
Launch Date 01/02/2002
Fund Manager BMO Global Asset Management
Risk Rating Risk Rating 6
Fund Type Asset Class Regional Equity Regional Equity
Diversification Diversification 2
Stocks & Holdings 41
Regions Covered Regions Covered 1
Fund Size €26.5m*
Latest Bid Price €2.589 
Price Date 20/11/2017 

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Fund Summary
The Eurozone Equity Fund (formerly the European Equity Fund) invests in stocks listed in Eurozone markets. As an equity fund, this fund has a potentially high return but also a high risk profile given the risks inherent in investing in equities. The fund can be volatile over short to medium term periods. The underlying benchmark is the Dow Jones Eurostoxx index.

Market Commentary
Market review

As represented by the Euro Stoxx NR Index in euros, European ex-UK equity markets returned 4.5%. Eurozone economic data remained positive, with unemployment falling to an eight-year low and various surveys pointing to strength in the manufacturing sector. Data showed the eurozone economy expanded by 0.6% during the second quarter versus 0.5% in the prior quarter, its fastest pace of growth in six years. Eurozone inflation rose faster than expected in August as energy prices recovered, accelerating to 1.5% versus July's 1.3% reading. Angela Merkel's Christian Democrat party emerged as the largest party in Germany's federal elections, but polled less well than forecast, leaving Merkel facing difficult negotiations to form a coalition. In terms of country performance, Italy (9.8%) and Portugal (9.0%) were among the best-performing markets, while Finland (-0.21%) and Spain (0.66%) lagged.

Activity

During the period, the main purchases comprised Spanish property developer Neinor and Brenntag, a chemicals distribution group. The fund manager also sold their holdings in communications agency Publicis Groupe, global nutrition group Glanbia, and Plastic Omnium, a manufacturer of plastics.

Performance

The fund underperformed its benchmark (3.3% vs 4.5%) mainly because of stock selection. The three worst-performing stocks in the portfolio were textiles company Lenzing, due to weak sentiment towards the sector; Publicis Groupe, hurt by concerns about its market position; and no-frills carrier Ryanair, which cancelled thousands of flights due to a scheduling error. Among the best performers were ASML Holding, which benefited from ongoing capital investment, and Deutsche Post, helped by operational and financial efficiencies. German automotive manufacturer Continental also contributed, boosted by its driver assistance business. (30 Sept 2017)

Management Charge
0.75% pa of fund assets. Please refer to policy conditions for policy charges.

Geographical Split as at 30/09/2017

Top 10 Stocks as at 30/09/2017

Holding Country Weighting %
SAP SE Germany 4.61%
Bayer AG Germany 4.56%
Allianz SE Germany 4.14%
ING Groep NV Netherlands 3.63%
ASML Holding NV Netherlands 3.59%
Unilever NV Cert. of shs United Kingdom 3.52%
AXA SA France 3.25%
Schneider Electric SE France 3.22%
Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. Italy 3.20%
Air Liquide SA France 3.16%

This fund should be considered as being a medium-long term investment. Access to your investment in this fund may in periods of adverse investment conditions be restricted for up to one month. Asset Information source: BMO Global Asset Management, unless otherwise stated. Performance figures are as per 'price date'. * Fund size refers to assets under management in underlying fund.

The returns shown include the reinvestment of net income and are net of trading costs and management fees but before other insurance contract charges and as such do not represent the returns on insurance contracts linked to these funds. Details of all charges for a particular product are available on request.

The information in this document does not constitute investment advice. It does not take into account the investment objectives, financial position or needs of any particular investor. Before making an investment decision, you should consult suitably qualified and independent investment, taxation, and regulatory advisors to discuss your specific situation and investment objectives. The investment strategies and risk profiles outlined in this document may not be suitable for your specific investment needs.

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  1. Performance Fees: The growth of the Insight Currency fund will be subject to a 20% monthly performance fee which only applies when the growth rate exceeds 7% p.a. The Market Neutral Equity fund will be subject to a performance fee of 10% of any growth achieved above cash returns (specifically 3-month EURIBID).
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