VIP Climate Sustainability Portfolio

Invest in companies reducing their impact on climate change.

The portfolio invests in 20 to 40 Australian equities listed on the ASX, with a guide to the proportionate investment in large, medium, small, and micro capitalisation found in the Australian Stock Exchange. This portfolio suits investors seeking long term capital growth, moderate income with franking, and willing to invest for the minimum investment timeframe.

The portfolio is designed for people who wish to have their wealth invested in companies that are aware and acting on their responsibility to participate in ensuring that the effects of climate change are reduced, ensuring a sustainable future for the wider Australian and international community.

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Portfolio Company Size Allocation

frequently asked questions

This portfolio can be invested any company on the Australian Stock Exchange that passes our screening and research process. This means at any time you will be invested in some of Australia’s largest companies to smaller companies that provide products and services contributing to the transition to a green economy. Unlike most other investment managers at any point in time as a client you will be able to use your login to see what you are invested in.

Being an active manager at times when volatility is high and it is required to protect investor capital the frequency of trading can become very high potentially a couple times a week, but in normal market environments trading on a portfolio wide level occurs quarterly. Albeit in mind that throughout each quarter positions can be introduced, eliminated, increased, or reduced as the investment committee decides.

When investing in Value Investment Partners, investors are able to see their direct investments at any time through our portal. If these investments include managed funds, the holdings within these managed funds will usually be able to be provided at request, although this is at the discretion of the underlying fund manager.

We believe that giving investors exposure to companies who are considering the long-term potential impacts of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks to their businesses and their industry group is part of long-term capital protection and risk management. Because many ESG risks pose material threats to the future of a business’s profitability but have a low probability of eventuating, we believe that seriously considering these risks as part of managing tail risk exposure of our investments.

This product has ESG risk considerations built into its mandate. That means all underlying investments need to pass a strict screening process and ESG qualitative research on top of the quantitative and qualitative analysis employed to identify the long term growth prospects of an investment.

Further, this product as a very strict environment environment mandate built into it. Through market research we recognised that many clients associate ‘ethical investments’ with the environment and being invested in companies that are doing their fair share on environmental sustainability. Often that is not the case leading to our development of a ‘pure-play’ environment sustainability investment product. 

This portfolio does include share dividends in it’s distribution, which are reinvested in the portfolio when it is rebalanced. While the level of franking will fluctuate depending on what securities are held, as franking credits are only given to the associated revenue and tax earned and paid in Australia. Resulting in the overall portfolio is not fully franked.

There are three main components of the costs associated with an investment such as this. 

The first being your management fee which is 1.32% (including GST) per annum calculated daily on the portfolio value. That is the simplest cost unchanged throughout the year and applied the same on every dollar of your portfolio.

The second is your administration fee and this is a tiered cost depending on the total value of the portfolio/s you have with VIP but is capped at $2,100 per annum. Details on the different fee categories for administration can be found in the Investment Option Document and/or Members Guide.

The third major cost component is brokerage and this is a moderately variable part of your total annual cost. In market environments that are highly volatile and require more frequent portfolio changes to protect capital, brokerage costs may be higher. In normal market environments portfolio turnover is constantly considered by the portfolio manager to optimise the trade off between high frequency of trading eroding outperformance and maximising client returns. Although there is a moderate variability in the brokerage costs it is a small part of the three major components of the total annual cost of the investment.

Volatility is managed constantly within the portfolio. This is achieved firstly by diversifying the holdings effectively in order to minimise company-specific risk. Diversification also extends to asset classes, where a combination of growth and defensive assets make up the portfolio to ensure clients always have exposure to a performing asset class in any market condition.

Value Investment Partners is not a hedge fund and does not take hedging positions with derivative contracts. Derivatives are financial instruments that derive their value is based on an underlying security, such as a stock. This portfolio does not directly use derivatives. 

When markets suffer declining price Value Investment Partners has successfully demonstrated our ability to reduce losses by investing in traditionally defensive assets that perform well relative to others in negative market environments. These assets include but are not limited to; cash, bonds, US dollars, gold, and consumer staples companies.

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