Fund in Focus: Capital Group Global Equity Fund (Canada)

Fund in Focus: Capital Group Global Equity Fund (Canada)

Growth tilt could be near-term headwind


Launched in 1931 in Los Angeles, California, the low-key Capital Group has been around for a long time, today managing $1.7 trillion globally. Capital Group Global Equity Fund (Canada) is its FundGrade A+® Award-winning Canadian global equity offering. Like other Capital Group funds, it uses a multi-manager approach, sourcing different managers with distinct styles, overseen by the firm’s Portfolio Coordinating Group.

Capital Group also uses a performance-based compensation scheme placing great emphasis on the longer-term performance, reducing the incentive for managers to take unnecessary risks for short-term gains.

This approach has served investors well. The fund’s 10-year average annual compounded rate of return was 11.4% to Aug. 31, which is roughly in line with the MSCI World Index, but handily outpacing the peer group at 8.5%. And the fund has regularly posted above-average returns over the past 10 calendar years.

At the end of August, it had a growth tilt, with an overweight in information technology, consumer discretionary, and healthcare, and an underweight to energy, utilities, and real estate. Valuation numbers are a bit rich relative to the benchmark, but this is offset by higher growth rates, both on a historic and forward-looking basis.

The portfolio is very well diversified, with more than 230 positions, and the top 10 making up 14% of the portfolio. Top equity holdings at Aug. 31 included pan-Asian life insurer AIA Group Ltd. (HKG: 1299), Danish power company Oersted A/S (CPX: ORSTED), semiconductor foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. (TPE: 2330), Swiss financial services firm Temenos Group AG (SWX: TEMN), and U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp. (NSD: MSFT).

Portfolio turnover is modest, averaging around 30% annually, which reinforces the fund’s long-term outlook and approach.

About half the fund is invested in U.S. stocks, 18% in Europe ex-U.K., and 6% in the U.K. The fund can also invest in emerging markets, and at the end of October it held approximately 10% in emerging markets (EM). With the growth tilt and EM exposure, volatility has been slightly above average. The fund has also felt a lot of the market downside.

Looking ahead, the growth tilt may be a near-term headwind as the market leadership moves towards more value type names. However, given the long tenure of the management team combined with the consistency of the process, I expect that the longer-term numbers will continue to be above average.

This can be an excellent core global equity holding for most investors with a long-term time horizon. However, those worried about short-term mark-to-market losses in periods of uncertainty may want to look at alternatives that provide better downside protection.

Capital Group Global Equity Fund (Canada)
Fund company: Capital International Asset Management
Fund type: Global Equity
FundGrade: B
Style: Large-Cap Blend
Risk level: Medium
Load status: Optional
RRSP/RRIF suitability: Good
Managers: Carl Kawaja since November 2002; Dina Perry since November 2002; Leo Hee since December 2016
MER: 1.93%
Fund code: CIF843 (Front-end load)
Minimum Investment: $500

Dave Paterson, CFA, is a money manager and an expert on investment fund research and due diligence on a variety of investment products.

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