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Overview

The Martin Currie Global Urban Population Megatrend strategy aims to provide for investors looking for a a total return driven by a consistent and growing income stream.

The strategy invests in a diversified portfolio of quality listed Real Asset securities including REITs, infrastructure, and utilities, from developed and emerging countries.

Our approach is premised on the philosophy that the performance of Real Assets is driven by their unique leverage to the multi-decade megatrend opportunity of urban population growth.

Our key thesis is that as urban population grows, so too will demand for Real Assets to service everyday needs. With a growing demand, coupled with the nondiscretionary nature of the services provided, Real Assets often have strong pricing power, proven cash flows, and the ability to grow income distributions regardless of the economic cycle. Given these attractive characteristics, real assets are generally less volatile than the wider equity market or sector-specific strategies and have a lower correlation with the returns of other asset classes.

While the global megatrend of urban population growth is enduring and is expected to hold well into the future, not all countries and cities are growing, and some are in fact going backwards. Our approach is to invest where Real Asset demand growth is underpinned by a naturally growing customer base, avoiding low growth regions like Japan where population declines become an investment headwind. As such we focus on select target countries, regions and cities with the most attractive demographic growth.

Key Information

Earn a pre-tax yield income yield above the MSCI AC World Index yield

Portfolio characteristics Global Urban Population Megatrend
Objective Income / Long-Term Growth
Asset Class Listed Real Assets
Style Income
Investable Universe Global listed Real Asset securities
Benchmark No formal benchmark
Market capitalisation All cap
Country limit Max country weight 40%
Sector limit Unconstrained
Security limit Absolute 8% and Max 40% in securities >5%
Number of stocks Typically 40
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  July 2020

  • "As urban populations grow, the demand for the essential services that listed Real Assets provide rises, and helps to grow dividends irrespective of the business cycle."

Why Invest in Global Urban Population Megatrend

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Attractive total returns by capturing income

We have put client income needs at the heart of the product design for the Martin Currie Global Urban Population Megatrend strategy

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Income from Real Assets can grow with urbanisation

As tangible every day-use building blocks of the economy, Real Assets are driven by demographic themes rather than the business or economic cycle. As urban populations grow, the demand for Real Assets increase, helping to grow dividends

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Investments that are highly exposed to key demographic themes

By focusing on high growth target cities and regions, investments into Real Assets tap into future defining, urban population megatrend


Investment Team

Martin Currie’s suite of Real Income strategies are managed by the experienced Martin Currie Australia Real Asset team.

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.

Daniel Fitzgerald

Daniel Fitzgerald, CFA

Job title
Portfolio Manager, Real Assets
Experience
23 years
Ashton Reid

Ashton Reid, CFA

Job title
Portfolio Manager, Real Assets
Experience
32 years
Andrew Chambers

Andrew Chambers

Job title
Portfolio Manager, Real Assets
Experience
29 years

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