Henderson Far East Income aims to provide shareholders with a growing total annual dividend per share, as well as capital appreciation, from a diversified portfolio of investments in the Asia-Pacific region. The fund is classified by the AIC in the Asia Pacific – Income sector and, while it does not have a benchmark, sees the Asia Pacific ex-Japan index and the MSCI Asia Pacific ex-Japan High Dividend Yield index as appropriate performance comparators.
Henderson Far East Income (HFEL) continues to reward its investors with a high, rising and fully covered income from a relatively concentrated (c 45 holdings) portfolio of stocks from across the Asia Pacific region. Managers Mike Kerley and Sat Duhra see good opportunities in banks and materials stocks, both of which are set to benefit from the expected economic recovery as the region and the wider world look ahead to life after the pandemic stage of COVID-19. Although recent returns have been relatively muted (given large gains in areas such as Australian banks, which the managers felt were unattractive from an income perspective), Kerley sees strong earnings growth expectations for the region as eminently achievable, which should support further dividend growth.
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|Mike Kerley||Fund manager|