Maple-Brown Abbott launches Asia dividends fund

DividendsAustralian boutique Maple-Brown Abbot has unveiled an Asian equities fund focused on the dividends market. The Asian Dividend Growth fund will focus on Asian ex-Japan companies deemed to offer sustainable and growing income, stated the firm. It aims to offer a total return over a five year period and a dividend yield in excess of the MSCI All Countries Asia ex-Japan Net Index. “For the past few years we have been observing an increased focus by management teams in Asia to optimise returns to shareholders, with dividends playing a significant role,” said Geoff Bazzan, head of Asia Pacific equities and co-portfolio manager for the fund.  “By focusing on those companies with both the ability and intention to pay and sustain an attractive dividend profile, we believe we can offer a portfolio capable of delivering an attractive total return through the cycle with risk characteristics that are superior to that of the regional benchmark,” he added. © 2021 funds global asia

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