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Indexed World Equity
Fund Snapshot
Launch Date 03/04/2013
Fund Manager State Street Global Advisors
Risk Rating Risk Rating 5
Fund Type Asset Class Global Equity Global Equity
Diversification Diversification 4
Stocks & Holdings 1660
Regions Covered Regions Covered 5
Fund Size $3777M*
Latest Bid Price €1.5545 
Price Date 22/09/2017 

Fund Performance

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Fund Summary
The objective of this fund is to provide broad exposure to International Equity markets. It does so by aiming to track the performance of underlying indices rather than by active management. The fund is currently aiming to track the MSCI World Index through an SSgA managed fund, but may elect to track other appropriate indices. The fund is expected to achieve strong returns in the longer term based on the performance of equity markets. This fund is also expected to be more volatile than a mixed asset fund given the higher equity content and is suited to a longer term investment horizon.

Market Commentary
The second quarter of 2017 delivered largely positive returns for investors in risk assets, as the economic and political landscape became more favourable amid strengthening data and diminishing concerns about the rise of anti-EU populism. Equity markets, in general, continued their strong run over the quarter with emerging markets (EM) again outperforming: the MSCI Developed Market Index advanced 4.2% in US dollar terms, with the MSCI Emerging Market Index up 6.4%. Strength in EM occurred despite further political turmoil in Brazil, while the announcement by MSCI on 21st June that it would include China A shares in its benchmark EM index did help bolster returns.

Data out of the eurozone was generally positive with first-quarter GDP growth reported at 0.6%, suggesting that growth can at least match last year's 1.8% number. Forward-looking indicators, such as the Markit Composite Purchasing Manager Index (PMI), suggest there is reasonable momentum in the region, while steady improvements in the labour market and solid retail sales data are also supportive. There is little evidence that inflation is likely to break higher with the most recent CPI readings at 1.3% and 1.1% for headline and core respectively. The eurozone's main stock markets had a flattish second quarter with Germany's DAX Index up 0.1% and France's CAC 40 Index flat, while the Euro Stoxx 600 gained 1.2%. The main stories were centred on Italy, Spain and Greece, with bank bailouts the main news in the first two and the latest round of bailout funds being approved by eurozone governments for Greece. On the back of this, Greece's ASE Index advanced 23.7%, while Italy's FTSE MIB Index was up 0.5% and Spain's IBEX 35 Index was down 0.2%.

US economic data was generally strong, although Q1 GDP growth was a disappointing 2.1% annualised. However, the jobs market remains strong, with the unemployment rate now down to 4.3%, consumer confidence is high and the forward-looking survey data from the Institute of Supply Managers suggest that both the manufacturing and services sectors are expanding strongly. Data out of the eurozone was generally positive with first-quarter GDP growth reported at 0.6%, suggesting that growth can at least match last year's 1.8% number. UK data has held up well despite expectations that Brexit would weigh on the economy. First-quarter GDP growth was weak (only up 0.2%), but the labour market and forward-looking indicators suggest that there is still economic momentum. The Japanese economy continues to grow at modest rates (0.3% in the first quarter). And despite ongoing labour market strength (the unemployment rate is at 3.1%), inflation remains quiescent with the headline rate at 0.4% and core at -0.2%. The Nikkei 225 Index recovered from a poor start to 2017, posting a 6.0% gain in Q2.

(30th June 2017)

Additional Information

Management Charge
0.65% pa of fund assets. Please refer to policy conditions for policy charges.

Geographical Split as at 30/06/2017

County Fund Benchmark (MSCI World)
United States 59.35 59.33%
Japan 8.57 8.71%
United Kingdom 6.47 6.57%
Other 6.55 6.07%
France 3.86 3.91%
Germany 3.46 3.53%
Canada 3.51 3.51%
Switzerland 3.11 3.16%
Australia 2.57 2.62%
Hong Kong 1.27 1.30%
Spain 1.28 1.29%

Sector Split as at 30/06/2017

Sector Fund (%) Benchmark (%)
Financials 18 18.01%
Information Technology 15.67 15.65%
Healthcare 12.57 12.55%
Consumer Discretionary 12.33 12.32%
Industrials 11.51 11.51%
Consumer Staples 9.68 9.67%
Energy 6.04 6.04%
Materials 4.88 4.90%
Real Estate 3.21 3.21%
Utilities 3.16 3.19%
Telecommunication 2.95 2.95%

Top 10 Stocks as at 30/06/2017

Holding Fund (%)
APPLE INC 2.05%
MICROSOFT CORP 1.38%
AMAZON.COM INC 1.07%
JOHNSON & JOHNSON 0.98%
FACEBOOK INC-A 0.97%
EXXON MOBIL CORP 0.91%
JPMORGAN CHASE 0.89%
ALPHABET INC-CL C 0.77%
AALPHABET INC-CL A 0.75%
NESTLE 0.74%

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: Asset Information source: SSgA, unless otherwise stated. State Street Global Advisors Ireland Limited is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. 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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