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JPMorgan Multi-Asset Trust

Last update 04 September 2019

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Investment objective

To generate income and achieve capital growth, whilst seeking to maintain lower levels of portfolio volatility than traditional equity portfolios by adopting a multi-asset strategy.

As at:

30/08/2019

Group/Investment

JPMorgan Multi-Asset OrdJPMorgan Multi-Asset Ord

Ticker

MATE

Management Company

JP Morgan Asset Management (UK) Ltd

Manager Name

Gareth Witcomb;Katy Thorneycroft;

Association of Investment Companies (AIC) Sector

Flexible Investment

12 Mo Yield

3.83%

Dividend Distribution Frequency

Quarterly

Latest Market Capitalisation

£80,844,527.11

Latest Net Gearing (Cum Fair)

99%

Latest Ongoing Charge Ex Perf Fee

1.07%

Turnover Ratio

58.07%

Shares Outstanding

86,096,408

(Discount)/Premium (Cum Fair)

-10.8%

Daily Closing Price

0.94p

Source: Morningstar

The JPMorgan Multi Asset Trust (MATE) aims to achieve an annualised return of 6% p.a. over the market cycle by investing across various asset classes, principally equities, bonds and infrastructure. Returns are expected to be derived from both income and capital growth, with a target of 4% income yield and 2% capital growth.

The managers, Katy Thorneycroft and Gareth Witcomb, draw on the extensive resources at JPM to build a portfolio that can achieve these targeted returns within the defined volatility range. They aim for volatility to be two thirds that of global equity markets. Using their internal Long-Term Capital Market Assumptions (LTCMA), JPMorgan expect this to result in an annualised portfolio volatility of between 8-12% over the longer term. Realised volatility has been even lower than this, while the return targets have been met.

Katy and Gareth utilise the wide Multi-Asset Solutions research capabilities at JPMorgan, with significant input from both qualitative and quantitative teams. Their starting point is a strategic asset allocation framework, founded on the LTCMA which provides 10-15 year estimates of risk, return and correlations between over 50 asset classes. Over the shorter term, they apply an active asset allocation overlay, adjusting their exposure in line with the team’s latest macro thinking.

Presently the trust is yielding 4.3%. It has paid a quarterly dividend of 1p per share in line with target since launch. By our calculations, the dividend is covered by the current portfolio yield; the portfolio is being managed with both income and capital appreciation in mind, but the managers would aim for dividends to be covered on an ongoing basis from income.

MATE currently trades on a discount of 9.6%; whilst the trust has a short track record, having only launched in March 2018, this is substantially lower than has ordinarily been the case, with the trust having on average traded on a discount of 6.3%.

There is presently no gearing in place on the trust, beyond some small amounts incurred through the use of derivative products to better manage risk and relative market exposures.

Find out how the trust yields 4.3%

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