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 20/05/2022
Accumulation Shares
Income Shares
124.94p
Fund Size
£681m (30/04/22)

April 2022

Your Fund returned -0.4%% during the month compared to +0.3% for the FTSE All-Share Index (TR).

The subdued returns above belie a high level of volatility.  The UK stock market remains supported by a high exposure to energy and commodities, but elsewhere the picture is less benign.  The MSCI World Index was down -8.3% and the Nasdaq Composite fell -13.2% in local currency during April.  Investors are struggling to reconcile a world of high historical valuations and tightening monetary conditions.  The stimulus put in place just over two years ago, in the teeth of the pandemic, is being reversed.  Moreover, inflationary pressures are looking less transitory by the day, with the tragic events in Ukraine prolonging those forces further into 2022 and beyond.  Inflation’s corrosive effects on savings are being felt across asset classes.

During April, several companies held in the Fund reported financial results for the first three months of 2022. Understandably, these results were particularly scrutinised to understand how companies are coping with higher inflation and volatile trading conditions.

The Fund’s consumer staples holdings reported reassuring revenue growth, with price rises largely offsetting cost inflation. As an example, Procter and Gamble reported +5% price growth combined with +3% volume growth. The price growth, together with continued volume growth, demonstrates the value that consumers continue to see in P&G’s premium-priced products.

Our technology holdings also continued to deliver exceptional growth as the world digitises further. Microsoft, a company held in the Fund since inception, reported revenue growth of +18% in the quarter, well ahead of their cost growth. The company’s progress was broad-based, as Microsoft Office 365 revenue grew +17%, while the cloud infrastructure business grew +46%.

There is a chance that the exceptional rates of growth at these companies could slow due to factors outside of their control. As discount rates rise, we continue to have a keen eye on valuations and corporates’ ability to offset inflationary pressures. Our view is that the Fund’s franchises are sufficiently strong to adapt to changing market conditions and continue to grow their businesses over the coming years. We are mindful of exuberance in parts of the market and aim to avoid the risk of overpaying.

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
30/04/2021
1 Year
31/10/2021
6 Months
Trojan Ethical O Acc +30.4% +6.3% +1.4%
UK Retail Price Index +13.5% +7.4% +3.7%
FTSE All-Share TR +18.3% +8.7% +3.1%
Bank of England Base Rate +1.1% +0.2% +0.2%
Discrete Calendar Annual Returns (%) 2019 2020 2021 2022
Trojan Ethical O Acc +7.2% +10.9% +10.1% -0.4%

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 April 2022.

Risk Analysis Since Launch (31/05/2001) Trojan Ethical O Acc FTSE All-Share TR
Total Return +30.4% +18.3%
Max Drawdown -8.9% -35.3%
Best Month +4.6% +12.7%
Worst Month -2.1% -15.1%
Positive Months +67.6% +62.2%
Annualised Volatility +5.4% +15.4%

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 8.5
Microsoft 5.1
Alphabet 4.3
Visa 4.3
WisdomTree Physical Gold 3.3
Medtronic 3.0
American Express 2.7
Unilever 2.4
Nestlé 2.3
Mastercard 2.2
Total Top 10 38.1
6 Other Equity holdings 8.8
Index Linked Bonds 34.7
UK T-Bills 15.6
Cash 2.8
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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