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Insync invests in a concentrated portfolio of high quality companies that possess long 'runways' of future growth benefitting from Megatrends. Megatrends are multiyear structural and disruptive changes that transform the way we live our daily lives and result from a convergence of different underlying trends including innovation, politics, demographics, social attitudes and lifestyles. They provide important tailwinds to individual stocks and sectors, that reside within them. Insync believe this delivers exponential earnings growth ahead of market expectations.
Insync screens the universe of 40,000 listed global companies to just 150 that it views as superior. This includes profitability, balance sheet performance, shareholder focus and valuations. 20-40 companies are then chosen for the portfolio. These reflect the best outcomes from further analysis using a proprietary DCF valuation, implied growth modelling, and free cash flow yield; alongside management, competitor, and industry scrutiny.
The Fund may hold some cash (maximum of 5%), derivatives, currency contracts for hedging purposes, and American and/or Global Depository Receipts. It is however, for all intents and purposes, a 'long-only' fund, remaining fully invested irrespective of market cycles.
The Insync Global Quality Equity Fund has a track record of 12 years and 4 months and has outperformed the Global Equity Index since inception in October 2009, providing investors with an annualised return of 14.13% compared with the index's return of 11.99% over the same period.
On a calendar year basis, the fund has experienced a negative annual return on 2 occasions in the 12 years and 4 months since the start of its track record. Over the past 12 months, the fund's largest drawdown was -6.94% vs the index's -3.04%, and since inception in October 2009 the fund's largest drawdown was -12.64% vs the index's maximum drawdown over the same period of -13.59%. The fund's maximum drawdown began in September 2018 and lasted 7 months, reaching its lowest point during December 2018. The fund had completely recovered its losses by April 2019.
The Manager has delivered these returns with 1.16% more volatility than the index, contributing to a Sharpe ratio which has only fallen below 1 once over the past five years and which currently sits at 1.04 since inception. The fund has provided positive monthly returns 82% of the time in rising markets and 22% of the time during periods of market decline, contributing to an up-capture ratio since inception of 83% and a down-capture ratio of 77%.