SBI Mutual Fund announced the launch of SBI International Access – US Equity FoF, an open-ended Fund of Fund scheme that would invest in mutual fund scheme/ETFs that invest in US markets. The underlying scheme of investment would be Amundi Funds – US Pioneer Fund, with an investment process that fully integrates ESG (Environment, Social Governance) ethos.
The new scheme, SBI International Access – US Equity FoF, offers an opportunity to an Indian investor to invest in Indian currency (INR), which in turn will convert in USD, and would invest in underlying Amundi Funds – US Pioneer Fund from a fund house which has a long track record of over 93 years of employing a responsible investing framework.
The investment team of the underlying scheme, Amundi Funds – US Pioneer Fund comprises of Lead Portfolio Manager Mr Jeff Kripke, Associate Portfolio Manager, Mr James S. Yu, under overall guidance of Mr John Carey and Mr Craig Sterling, assesses the sustainability of a business from a competitive, financial, and ESG perspective, and invests in companies that are providers of technology (Growth stocks) and aggressive adopters of technology (Value stocks), thus pursuing secular themes in Growth and Value Universes.
Amundi Funds – US Pioneer Fund, (domiciled in Luxembourg) benchmarks with S&P 500 Index, has an AUM of $2.5 billion as of January 31, 2021. The fund house also has long track record and history, having launched this fund in 1928 by legendary investor Mr Philip L Carret, Founder of Pioneer Investments (now Amundi Pioneer) also known as Father of Value Investing.
The Top 10 holdings (as of January 31, 2021) are Microsoft, Apple, Alphabet, Amazon.com, Visa, Analog Devices, International Flavours and Fragrances, Elanco Animal Health, Mastercard and Schlumberger. The top 5 sectors in which the scheme is invested in are Information Technology, Consumer Discretionary, Health Care, Financials, and Industrials.
Mr. Vinay M. Tonse, MD & CEO, said: “SBI International Access – US Equity FoF is the first international offering from our fund house and gives an opportunity to investors to get an exposure to the well diversified US Market, which has the largest market capitalization and is a core component of major global indices. The investment process for the fund, integrates ESG in every step of the process. This scheme will provide an international diversification to individual portfolio and allow investors the opportunity to invest in themes not available in the Indian market.’’
Mr. D P Singh, Chief Business Officer, said: “The NFO is designed as a solution to help investors gain by investing outside India, the fund also has a dedicated ESG team with proven track record of long-term wealth creation. The fund is suitable for HNI’s, Seasoned Investors apart from the young investors who would like an international exposure to their portfolio’’.
“With this fund of fund, we add one more offering and continue to explore new markets for our brand and investors.” Mr. Singh added.
The minimum investment required is of INR 5000. SBIMF has offered Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Semi- Annual, Annual SIP facility to invest in the FoF scheme. The Fund Manager for the SBI International Access – US Equity FoF is Mr. Mohit Jain.