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Mutual Fund Top Trumps: Asia ex-Japan equities – 23 November 2023

This week FSA presents a quick comparison of two Asia ex-Japan equities products: the Matthews Asia Small Companies fund and the Templeton Asian Smaller Companies fund.
Source: FE Fundinfo. All relevant fund data converted to US dollars for comparative purposes. Performance, alpha and volatility are annualised over three years with data as reported at the end of last month. Information ratio (IR) aims to measure a portfolio manager’s consistent ability to generate excess returns relative to a benchmark. The higher the IR, the more consistent the manager is.

Based on the popular 80s card game, each week we select an asset class and use FE Fundinfo data to compare two funds based on their three-year performance, assets under management, alpha, volatility, ongoing charges and information ratio to decide who is the Top Trump.

This week the Matthews Asia Small Companies fund ties 3-3 with the Templeton Asian Smaller Companies fund.

Matthews Asia Small Companies fund

The fund seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation, using a bottom-up, fundamental investment philosophy.

Top 10 holdings:

Bandhan Bank (7.2%)
Shriram Finance (6.7%)
Legend Biotech (5.0%)
Full Truck Alliance (4.2%)
Hugel (3.8%)
Airtac International (2.8%)
Finolex Cables (2.6%)
Phoenix Mills (2.5%)
Zhihu (2.3%)
Silergy (2.3%)

Templeton Asian Smaller Companies fund

The fund aims to increase the value of its investments over the medium to long term through an actively managed investment strategy.

Top 10 holdings:

Bajaj Holdings and Investment (6.4%)
Federal Bank (4.4%)
Novatek Microelectronics (3.9%)
FPT (3.6%)
Synnex Technology (3.5%)
International Container Terminal Services (3.4%)
Dalmia Bharat (3.2%)
Zomato (2.7%)
Makemytrip (2.7%)
Poya International (2.5%)

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