Trojan Ethical Fund

The investment objective of the Trojan Ethical Fund is to provide capital growth (net of fees), ahead of inflation (UK Retail Prices Index), over the longer term (5 to 7 years).  

The Trojan Ethical Fund is a multi-asset fund which seeks to deliver a similar profile of returns to the Trojan Fund. The policy is to invest globally in government and public securities (such as sovereign debt and treasury bills), corporate bonds, equities and equity-related securities, private equity, precious metals, cash, cash equivalents and deposits.  The Fund’s asset allocation will be broadly in line with that of the Trojan Fund but assets will be invested subject to ethical exclusion criteria. A document setting out the fund’s ethical exclusion criteria is available here

In addition to the O share class referred to on this page, S Classes are also available. Please contact us for more information.

'O' Share Class Price 21/01/2022
Accumulation Shares
Income Shares
126.87p
Fund Size
£557m

December 2021

Your Fund returned +0.9% during the month compared to +4.7% for the FTSE All-Share Index (TR).

Over the calendar year 2021, your Fund returned 10.1% compared to 18.3% for the FTSE All Share Index.  The Fund’s return was achieved with less than 50% equity exposure throughout the year. 

Careful equity selection continued to drive returns with the strongest contribution to performance coming from Alphabet (+67%) and Microsoft (+54%).  Both companies continued to deliver strong revenue and profit growth.  Despite these robust returns, Microsoft ended the year on a similar price to earnings valuation# to the start of the year, while Alphabet’s price to earnings valuation fell. Nestlé performed strongly during the year with a total return of (+23%).

American Express (+38%) was a strong contributor to returns as the share price performance reflected increased consumer spending, a rebound in worldwide travel and entertainment spend from depressed levels seen in 2020 and a more favourable backdrop for consumer credit conditions as expected write-downs failed to materialise.

Gold (-3%) also failed to shine in 2021.  Its performance must be seen in the context of a strongly rising equity market, as well as two very strong years for the gold price, rising from just over $1200 start-2019 to over $2000 in August 2020.  We believe gold will continue to offer unique protection against fiat currency debasement.

Elsewhere in the portfolio, our choice of Index-Linked over conventional bonds proved propitious.  Nominal yields* rose but this was more than offset by future inflation expectations rising.  As a result, our index-linked bonds contributed positively. 

As we ended the year, November’s inflation figures made uncomfortable reading.  UK RPI reached +7.1% (year over year), the highest since 1991, while the US CPI was +6.8%, a level not seen since 1982.  We remain firmly in an era of financial repression and negative real interest rates**.  We do not necessarily expect these inflationary forces to be transitory and expect the investment environment to become more challenging as a result.


*A bond's nominal yield, depicted as a percentage, is calculated by dividing all the annual interest payments by the face, or par, value of the bond.
**Where the rate of interest is below the rate of inflation.
#Price to earnings is calculated by dividing the company’s share price by its earnings per share.

Performance is calculated on a total return basis, net of fees, in sterling terms.

Source: Lipper, Link Fund Solutions Limited. 

Total Return 22/03/2019
Since Launch
31/12/2020
1 Year
30/06/2021
6 Months
Trojan Ethical O Acc +30.9% +10.1% +5.3%
UK Retail Price Index +10.3% +6.4% +3.4%
FTSE All-Share TR +17.3% +18.3% +6.5%
Bank of England Base Rate +0.9% +0.1% +0.1%
Discrete Calendar Annual Returns (%) 2019 2020 2021
Trojan Ethical O Acc +7.2% +10.9% +10.1%

Performance is calculated on a total return basis, net of fees, in sterling terms.

Source: Lipper, Link Fund Solutions Limited. Since Launch (29/03/2019) to 30 November 2021.

Risk Analysis Since Launch (31/05/2001) Trojan Ethical O Acc FTSE All-Share TR
Total Return +30.9% +17.3%
Max Drawdown -8.9% -35.3%
Best Month +4.6% +12.7%
Worst Month -2.0% -15.1%
Positive Months +69.7% +63.6%
Annualised Volatility +5.4% +16.3%

Performance is calculated on a total return basis, net of fees, in sterling terms.

Maximum Drawdown measures the worst investment period

Annualised Volatility is measured by the annualised standard deviation of the monthly returns 

Source: Lipper, Link Fund Solutions Limited.  

Top 10 holdings (excluding government bonds) Fund %
Invesco Physical Gold 8.0
Microsoft 5.7
Alphabet 5.4
Visa 4.3
WisdomTree Physical Gold 2.9
Nestlé 2.9
Medtronic 2.8
Unilever 2.7
American Express 2.5
Mastercard 2.1
Total Top 10 39.1
6 Other Equity holdings 8.9
Index Linked Bonds 27.7
UK T-Bills 17.1
Cash 7.1
Total 100.0

 

Past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance. The value of a fund and any income from it may go down as well as up and investors may get back less than they invested. Changes in rates of exchange may cause the value of investments to go up or down. Returns may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations. This data is provided for information only and should not be reproduced, published or disseminated in any manner. Although Troy considers the data to be reliable, no warranty is given as to its accuracy or completeness. Any comparisons against indices are for illustrative purposes only. In line with the Fund’s prospectus, the Fund is authorised to invest in transferable securities and money market instruments issued or guaranteed by an EEA state, one or more local authorities, a third country, or a public international body to which one or more EEA states belong.  The Investment Manager would only consider investing more than 35% of the Fund’s assets in UK or US government issued transferable securities or approved money market instruments. 

 

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