Legg Mason’s Martin Currie Real Income fund ticks the metrics for high performance in a less volatile environment relative to fund size over three and five-year periods.
Money Management analysed the performance and volatility of funds in the Australian equities sector to find those in the top quartile for both metrics.
The data from FE Analytics showed the Fund, which predominantly invests in listed real estate asset securities such as A-REITs, utility and infrastructure securities, maintained a consistent, strong performance over both 3 and 5 year periods and kept volatility steady.
Legg Mason’s Martin Currie Real Income A fund was the top performer, with returns of 9.44 per cent cumulatively over 3 years, and a volatility of 9.64 per cent relative to its $612 million fund size.
Portfolio manager, Ashton Reid, said the nature of the fund is not pegged to the business cycle, providing more predictable free cash flow and dividends.
“The typically long-term nature of their cash flows also offers protection during market downturns, as well as upside growth potential from population growth,” he said.
Reid said demand for these assets was typically driven by population growth, which is in-turn reinforced by control of supply.
“The ability to raise prices over time provides protection against inflation,” he said. “This means that they typically have a low beta versus the broader equity market...