Ethical Conservative Balanced Fund
Please note, the Ethical Diversified Fund has now been renamed the Ethical Conservative Balanced Fund.
Income, growth and diversification
One of the advantages of the Uniting Financial Services Ethical Conservative Balanced Fund (“Ethical Conservative Balanced Fund”) is that you receive both an income stream, as well as capital growth over time. These are delivered within a robust ethical framework, with the aim of maximising returns and managing risk. The Ethical Conservative Balanced Fund is a more diversified investment option than alternatives such as buying an investment property. While still delivering an income stream, it also provides access to specialised investment classes typically not available to smaller investors. This approach aims to provide a total return over the medium to long term by the cash rate plus 2-3% pa, over a rolling 5 year period.
Distributions paid quarterly or reinvested at your choice
- Minimum investment of $500,000, or such lesser amount as agreed with the Trustee
- Recommended timeframe is 3 to 5 years
- Distributions are calculated quarterly
- No entry or exit fees
- Statements issued quarterly
Direct your investment
Distributions can be reinvested as additional units in the Fund or directed to a bank account of your choice, which is handy for maintaining a regular cash flow. Further, additional monies can be added to the investment, and provided monies are received by the last business day of the month, the unit price for that month will be given.
Access your money early
While the Ethical Conservative Balanced Fund is designed as a medium to longer term investment (three to five years), you are able to access your funds if your circumstances change. If you do need to access your money, three months’ notice of withdrawal is required.
The Information Document for the Ethical Conservative Balanced Fund dated 13th January 2017 is issued by The Uniting Church (NSW) Trust Association Limited ACN 000 022 480 (“Trustee”, “UCTAL”) trading as Uniting Financial Services (“UFS”). The Information Document for the Ethical Conservative Balanced Fund has not been, and is not required to be, issued in the form of a product disclosure statement or lodged with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (“ASIC”) under the Corporations Act (“Act”). The Ethical Conservative Balanced Fund has not been, and is not required to be, registered as a managed investment scheme under the Act. Neither the Fund, any interest in the Fund, the Trustee, this document or any offer contained in this document or in relation to the Fund has been approved or examined by ASIC. Investments are designed for investors who wish to promote religious and charitable purposes and for whom profit considerations are not of primary importance in their decision to invest. Investors may be unable to get some or all of their money back when the investor expects or at all and the investment is not comparable to investments with banks, finance companies or fund managers. The Ethical Conservative Balanced Fund is available only to wholesale/sophisticated investors.
The Ethical Conservative Balanced Fund is designed for investors looking for a higher return investment option than short term interest rates offer. The Ethical Conservative Balanced Fund seeks to optimise and a steady income returns over the long term (3 to 5 years) by investing in a range of asset classes and securities: (i) that are assessed to have above average prospects of performing well over relevant time periods, and (ii) that comply with the Ethical and ESG Policy (“Ethical Policy”) of the Uniting Church of Australia Synod of NSW & ACT. The Ethical Conservative Balanced Fund aims to deliver total return (income and capital growth) after costs and before tax of 2%-3% above the RBA’s official cash rate on a rolling 5 year basis. The Fund has selected multiple investment managers whose styles are aligned with this objective. These managers may include UFS as an in-house manager.
Benefits of investing in the Ethical Conservative Balanced Fund
The Fund provides investors with access to a diversified portfolio which is actively and ethically managed. It offers the potential of relatively stable, risk adjusted returns above cash. It achieves this through the use of active management of both the asset allocation and of individual asset classes, within a robust risk management framework.
Ethical management is undertaken in accordance with the Ethical and ESG Investment Policy of the Uniting Church in Australia Synod of NSW & ACT. The policy is to avoid making investments which encourage or profit from activities which create goods or services that have unacceptable harmful effects on people or the environment which cannot be avoided by prudent, practical controls. This involves both screening out certain activities that are excluded under the Ethical and ESG Investment Policy and intentionally seeking investments that have positive environmental or social impacts, while delivering returns consistent with the overall objectives of the Fund.
Risk management strategies assist the Fund by seeking to minimise investment losses in potentially adverse investment environments. Risk is managed primarily through diversification, hedging and active asset allocation and security selection. Risk management does not guarantee that losses will not occur.
Diversification is achieved through:
- constructing a portfolio made up of several different asset classes such as shares, credit, cash, fixed income, property, infrastructure and alternative assets, in both Australian and international markets; and
- management within each asset class with appropriate diversification across sectors and the number of individual exposures, limits on individual risks and cross-correlations of expected performance outcomes.
Active asset allocation involves intentionally reweighting the Fund’s portfolio across the range of asset classes in order to take advantage of opportunities arising from market movements and mispricing, with the aim of maintaining a portfolio relevant to the current investment environment.
Minimum suggested investment timeframe
The minimum suggested investment timeframe for the Ethical Conservative Balanced Fund is 3 to 5 years. What this means is that over shorter periods the return of the Fund will often be below the objective, but that there is a reasonable expectation that over 3 to 5 years, it will be attained. That outcome is not guaranteed, however. The minimum suggested timeframe is a general guide only and the Trustee does not guarantee that the performance objective will be achieved over any 3 to 5 year period.
Uniting Financial Services is the overall manager of the Ethical Conservative Balanced Fund, as well as the in-house manager for Australian Commercial Mortgages, Australian Fixed Income and Cash. The Australian Commercial Mortgages portfolio is an apportionment of UFS’s larger commercial mortgages portfolio. The allocation of this portfolio to the Fund is based on the asset allocation ranges as specified in the Information Document.
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