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First State Dividend Advantage SGD

Ranked 8 out of 424 in - Asia Pacific Excluding Japan over 12 months
All calculations are in USD unless stated

Managed by

Richard Jones

Richard Jones is a director of First State Stewart Asia, part of First State Investments. Richard has more than 27 years of investment experience in Asia, focused on both company research and portfolio management. He joined the FSSA team in January 2010 and is based in Hong Kong. Richard is the lead manager of the First State Asia Innovation Fund, the First State Asian Growth Fund and the First State Singapore and Malaysia Fund. He is also responsible for managing a number of Asia Pacific Leaders portfolios on behalf of key client segregated accounts. Richard graduated from the London School of Economics with a first class degree in Economics (Government).

Martin Lau

Having graduated from Cambridge University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters in Engineering, Martin Lau has progressed from a somewhat industrious education to Investment Fund Management and now has over 10 years experience in the industry. Born in Hong Kong in 1972, Lau started his investment career in 1995 at BZW in London as part of their risk management team. He subsequently spent six years with Invesco as a fund manager responsible for the greater China funds, Smaller Companies fund and regional portfolios. Lau currently manages a range of China and Asia funds for First State. He describes his investment style for many of the funds he runs as bottom up stock selection with strong macro overlay. He also focuses heavily on quality, growth and price. A keen badminton player, Lau also enjoys playing tennis, walking and going to the cinema.


The investment objective of the First State Dividend Advantage is to provide investors with regular distributions and long-term growth from high dividend yielding equity investments focused in the Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan). The investment policy of the Sub-Fund is to invest all or substantially all of its assets in the First State Asian Equity Plus Fund, a sub-fund under the Dublin registered umbrella fund known as First State Global Umbrella Fund plc. The Underlying Sub-Fund invests primarily in securities in the Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan).

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Asia Pacific Excluding Japan over : 30/11/2017 - 30/11/2018

Total Return

Quarterly Performance

to 30/09/2018 Annual Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
2018 1.2% -1.1% 0.0%
2017 36.5% 11.3% 7.5% 4.8% 8.9%
2016 1.7% 0.9% 2.9% 5.0% -6.7%
2015 -2.9% 7.1% -2.2% -10.7% 3.8%
2014 13.5% 1.1% 8.1% 2.7% 1.0%
2013 4.1% 3.8% -5.7% 3.7% 2.6%
2012 24.4% 10.5% -3.1% 13.1% 2.7%
2011 -10.3% -2.1% 3.5% -13.9% 2.9%
2010 21.8% 1.5% -3.5% 19.0% 4.5%
2009 56.7% -2.8% 29.8% 18.5% 4.7%
2008 -38.6% -5.3% -4.7% -18.8% -16.2%
2007 35.1% 5.4% 15.0% 10.5% 0.8%
2006 30.0% 8.5% -1.8% 5.9% 15.2%
2005 19.0% 2.9% 3.5% 7.2% 4.2%

Month by Month Performance

Returns Vs Risk

Registered For Sale In

  1. Singapore

Fund Info

  • Launch date20/12/2004
  • Share Class size2,526Mn
  • Base currencySGD
  • ISIN SG9999002083

Purchase Info

  • Min. initial investment1,000
  • Min. regular additional investment100


  • Annual management1.50%
  • Initial investment5.00%

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Performance is for the period shown (month end to month end, bid/bid, gross income reinvested, calculated in USD).