The Company currently conducts its affairs so that its shares can be recommended by IFAs to ordinary retail investors in accordance with the FCA's rules in relation to non-mainstream investment products and intends to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The Company's shares are excluded from the FCA's restrictions which apply to non-mainstream investment products because they are shares in an investment trust.
Mr Brief has worked in investment management since 1979. He was Chief Investment Officer of BAE Systems Pension Fund Investment Management Limited from 2001 to 2011, having previously been Chief Investment Officer at both TRW (Lucas) and Courtaulds Pension Scheme. He was formerly an independent adviser to the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme, Rio Tinto Pension Schemes, and J Sainsbury Pension Scheme.
Ms Hitch has worked in the financial services industry since the early 1980s, mostly with the HSBC group. Her experience includes Head of Wealth Portfolio Management at HSBC Global Asset Management (UK) Ltd. with investment management responsibility for their flagship multi asset retail funds. Prior roles took her to various locations including Hong Kong. Ms Hitch is a non-executive director of Aberdeen Standard Equity Income Trust plc and Chairman of CQS New City High Yield Ltd.
Mr Holt is a non-executive director of North Midland Construction plc. He was CFO of Low & Bonar PLC, an international performance materials group from 2010 until 2017 and was Group Finance Director of Vp plc from 2004 to 2010. Prior to 2004, he held a number of senior financial positions with Rolls-Royce Group plc in the UK, the USA and Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and an associate member of The Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Ms MacAulay is a non-executive director of JPMorgan Multi-Asset Trust plc, Fidelity Japan Trust plc and Aberdeen New Thai Investment Trust plc. She is also a Trustee of Glendower School Trust, an educational charitable Trust. She was formerly a director of Baring Asset Management (Asia) Ltd, head of Asian equities at Kleinwort Benson Investment Management and Eagle Star Investment Management.
Mr Cainey is an experienced business consultant, public policy advisor, speaker and writer. He is currently a Senior Partner of Asiability, an Associate Fellow of Chatham House, a Senior Fellow of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and a Senior Adviser of Lumen Capital Investors. He previously held roles with the Boston Consulting Group, Booz & Company and Tony Blair Associates. During the course of his career he spent over 15 year in Asia, including China, Korea and Singapore.
Past performance is not a guide to future performance and may not be repeated. The value of investments and the income from them may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.
Investors in the emerging markets and Asia should be aware that this involves a high degree of risk and should be seen as long term in nature.Less developed markets are generally less well regulated than the UK, they may be less liquid and may have less reliable arrangements for trading and settlement of the underlying holdings.
The Company holds investments denominated in currencies other than sterling, investors should note that exchange rates may cause the value of these investments, and the income from them, to rise or fall.
The Company invests in smaller companies that may be less liquid than in larger companies and price swings may therefore be greater than investment companies that invest in larger companies.
The Company may borrow money to invest in further investments, this is known as gearing. Gearing will increase returns if the value of the investments purchased increase in value by more than the cost of borrowing, or reduce returns if they fail to do so.
Investments such as warrants, participation certificates, guaranteed bonds, etc. will expose the fund to the risk of the issuer of these instruments defaulting on paying the capital back to the Company
The fund can use derivatives to protect the capital value of the portfolio and reduce volatility, or for efficient portfolio management.