The fund aims to provide a combination of capital growth and income that is higher than the Japanese smaller companies stockmarket over any five-year period.
Investment policy and strategy
Core investment: At least 80% of the fund is invested in the shares of companies that are based, or do most of their business, in Japan. Smaller companies are defined as the bottom half in terms of total market capitalisation of all publicly listed companies in Japan. The fund is concentrated and usually holds shares in fewer than 50 companies.
Other investments: The fund may invest in other funds (including funds managed by M&G) and cash or assets that can be turned into cash quickly.
Derivatives: The fund may use derivatives to reduce the risks and costs of managing the fund.
Strategy in brief: The fund employs a disciplined approach to analyse and select each company. The strategy aims to benefit from the rise and fall of stock prices. The investment manager invests in companies whose shares are deemed to be undervalued because investors do not always assess investments rationally.
The investment manager seeks to profit from such behavioural biases.
Benchmark: Russell Nomura Mid-Small Cap Net Return Index
The benchmark is a comparator against which the fund’s performance can be measured. It is a net return index which includes dividends after the deduction of withholding taxes. The index has been chosen as the fund’s benchmark as it best reflects the scope of the fund’s investment policy. The benchmark is used solely to measure the fund’s performance and does not constrain the fund's portfolio construction.
The fund is actively managed.The investment manager has complete freedom in choosing which investments to buy, hold and sell in the fund. The fund’s holdings may deviate significantly from the benchmark’s constituents.
For unhedged and currency hedged share classes, the benchmark is shown in the share class currency.
You can find more information about the objective and investment policy of the fund in the Prospectus.
Risks associated with the fund
The value and income from the fund's assets will go down as well as up. This will cause the value of your investment to fall as well as rise. There is no guarantee that the fund will achieve its objective and you may get back less than you originally invested.
The fund can be exposed to different currencies. Movements in currency exchange rates may adversely affect the value of your investment.
The fund invests in shares of smaller companies which may be less liquid and more volatile in price than shares of larger companies.
The fund holds a small number of investments, and therefore a fall in the value of a single investment may have a greater impact than if it held a larger number of investments.
The hedging process seeks to minimise, but cannot eliminate, the effect of movements in exchange rates on the performance of the hedged share class. Hedging also limits the ability to gain from favourable movements in exchange rates.
In exceptional circumstances where assets cannot be fairly valued, or have to be sold at a large discount to raise cash, we may temporarily suspend the fund in the best interest of all investors.
The fund could lose money if a counterparty with which it does business becomes unwilling or unable to repay money owed to the fund.
Further details of the risks that apply to the fund can be found in the fund's Prospectus.
The fund invests mainly in company shares and is therefore likely to experience larger price fluctuations than funds that invest in bonds and/or cash.
The performance webpage for this fund is currently being reconfigured. In the interim, for performance information, please refer to the latest Fund Factsheet which can be found in the Literature section.