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The Martin Currie Australia Equity Income strategy seeks to provide a growing income stream by investing in a diversified benchmark-unaware portfolio of high-quality, income-paying securities.

Our income approach is premised on the philosophy that high-quality companies that have solid earnings can sustain dividends, match rises in the cost of living and are likely to be less volatile than the wider equity market. These are key attributes of what we like to call a ‘sufficient income for life’. Our approach also aims to extract the full benefit of franking credits and maximise after tax income for 0% tax payers.

Our focus on a ‘sufficient income for life’ has resulted in an Australian equity portfolio that looks very differently to both traditional equities and other income-focused approaches.

We have over 10 years of experience in managing income strategies through very varied market cycles, including the COVID-19 impacted 2020, and we believe this shows that our unique methodologies can provide investors with a portfolio with the attributes of ‘sufficient income for life’.

We believe that there are few peer strategies available in the market that address income in the way that the Martin Currie Australia Equity Income strategy can.

Key Information

To provide an after-tax yield above the S&P/ASX 200 Index yield and to provide income stream growth above inflation

Portfolio characteristics Australia Equity Income
Objective Income
Asset Class Equities
Style Income / Quality
Investable Universe Australian listed securities
Benchmark Benchmark unaware
Market capitalisation All cap
Country limit N/A
Sector limit Absolute 22%
Security limit Absolute 6%
Number of stocks Typically 45
Portfolio turnover Typically 25% p.a.
Forecast tracking error We do not target tracking error but total risk outcome is typically 90% of the market.
Inception  22 May 2010

  • "The old view of the behaviour of retirees is that when they retire they automatically become more risk adverse and should move away from growth-style assets and more towards defensive assets.  We do not agree."

Why Invest in Australia Equity Income

Not all equities are created equal for income

We have put the ‘sufficient income for life’ needs of clients at the heart of the product design for the Martin Currie Australia Equity Income strategy


Growing income stream

Our benchmark unaware portfolio construction helps to avoids income shocks, hedge against rising inflation, and improve capital growth without the use of costly derivatives


More appropriate risk profile for income investors

Maximising income and reducing the concentration in Australian equities is much more important than benchmark relative alpha and tracking-error risk measures

Investment Team

The Equity Income strategy is co-managed by Reece Birtles and Michael Slack.

The strategy benefits from the close collaboration and deep industry expertise of wider Martin Currie Australia investment team and the broader Martin Currie global investment floor.

Reece Birtles

Reece Birtles, CFA

Job title
Chief Investment Officer, Australia
Michael Slack

Michael Slack, CFA

Job title
Head of Australian Equity Research

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