Environmental, Social and Governance Report

FSSA’s latest Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report covers our ESG activities over the 2023 calendar year. The report highlights our ongoing engagement with companies within our focus areas. 

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Why Asia and Emerging Markets?

The fastest growth and some of the highest level of innovation is happening in Asian and Emerging Market economies. 

With this progress comes a burgeoning middle class with a propensity to consume and levels of company formation reminiscent of the US in the early 20th century.

But it’s also a complex market, requiring deep insight, local knowledge and a questioning, sometimes contrarian perspective to ensure opportunities are interrogated with a view to long-term success. 

It’s that different perspective that gives FSSA Investment Managers an edge.

Our high-conviction strategies

Our range of Asia Pacific strategies cover small, mid and large-cap companies. The portfolios are invested in quality companies that we believe have long-term, sustainable growth drivers and should benefit from Asia’s structural tailwinds. 

Our Global Emerging Markets strategies cover developing and frontier markets companies and are biased towards mid-cap companies that have the potential to grow much larger over time. We tend to favour dominant franchises operating in industries with long-term structural tailwinds. 

Why FSSA Investment Managers?

At FSSA Investment Managers we believe that to consider the future, you need to understand the past. We believe that preserving capital is the most important aspect of growing it. And we believe that looking at things differently is more important than looking at things too closely. With this distinct perspective, we look to invest in good people running good businesses who can deliver sustainable, long term growth. 

1988 team established

Our history reflects our long-term approach; we look for quality companies that we can buy and hold over time.

Absolute return mind-set

Our investment approach focuses on generating absolute returns for our clients. With every investment we make, we look at the potential downside and not just upside.

20+ investment professionals

Our team of specialists conduct fundamental analysis to find quality companies at sensible prices.

ESG fully integrated

Environmental, social and governance as an analysis is fully integrated into our investment process since the team’s establishment.

What are the risks?

Although all investments carry risk, the level of risk is dependent on the type of investment strategy and the underlying investments.  Generally, the higher the potential return of an investment, the greater the risk.

The risks of investing in global emerging markets strategies include:

Company risk

Investment in equities is exposed to risks due to changes in that company or its business environment.

Currency risk

For investments in international assets, which have currency exposure, there is potential for adverse movements in exchange rates to reduce their Australian dollar value.  

Emerging market risk

Emerging markets tend to be more sensitive to economic and political conditions than developed markets. Other factors include greater liquidity risk, restrictions on investment or transfer of assets, failed/delayed settlement and difficulties valuing securities. 

Equities risk

Equity securities are subject to changes in value, and their values may be more volatile than those of other asset classes.

As with any investment, there are no guarantees on the value of the investment or the income generated from it.  Investors may get back less than the original amount invested. For a full description of the terms of investment and the risks, please see the Product Disclosure Statement for each fund.

If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of our funds for your investment needs, please seek financial advice.

Our latest thinking

As investors focused on quality, one can easily “fall in love” with an investment and be too forgiving in certain situations, potentially missing important warning signs or sell signals. One question that we frequently get relates to a common behavioural bias for quality investors: how do we balance admiration for a company without becoming too complacent?
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In response to the recent client interest around China’s stock market and the challenging performance year-to-date, we had a conversation with Martin Lau, managing partner and lead portfolio manager to a number of Asia Pacific and Greater China equity strategies.
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