Adopting a two-pronged approach can be a viable solution in today’s challenging market environment. Here’s how you can make it work for you.
Today’s investors face a multitude of new challenges, from volatility to the increasing wealth- eroding powers of inflation. To overcome these challenges, you need a pragmatic approach. Finding strategies that not only yield capital appreciation but also provide a reliable income stream can be a game-changer. The rise in interest rates has made fixed income more attractive than they have been in the past years. Investors can now earn attractive yield on fixed income as it presents an opportunity to lock in yields in case rates fall. With the right approach, you can maximise returns and safeguard against market volatility. Lucky for you, these strategies already exist!
Income Investing Strategy has emerged as a powerful solution that offers the best of both worlds, providing income benefit and potential capital gains from the portfolio of income investing funds. Their versatility makes them well-suited for a wide range of investors, from retirees seeking a reliable income source, individuals looking to supplement their income or for those with a lower risk tolerance who wish to balance their portfolios as part of the core portfolio.
Reliable Income Stream: It’s an investment strategy that provides consistent dividends or interest payments, these strategies offer a steady flow of income that can be beneficial for individuals seeking regular cash flow to meet their financial goals. A regular income stream can also serve as a psychological and financial buffer against making rash decisions. Income generating assets – like bonds or dividend stocks – tending to be lowly correlated with other investments, such as growth stocks.
Potential for Capital Appreciation: While income investing strategies prioritise generating income, there is still potential for capital appreciation by investing into shares as the shares may appreciate in price in the long run.
Stability and Risk Management: Income investing strategies often include investments in more stable assets such as dividend paying stocks, bonds, or real estate investment trusts (REITs). These investments tend to be less volatile compared to growth-focused strategies, providing a level of stability and reducing the overall risk of the portfolio.
Before you jump into the research rabbit hole, we got you. We’ve done the legwork and prepared an innovative solution - the aptly named Income Investing Portfolio. This portfolio comprises four distinct pillars, each offering unique characteristics and benefits.
** Portfolio allocation is for illustration purpose only. Final allocation is subjected to investors’ risk profile and assessment.
Past performances are not an indicative of the future or likely performance and should not be construed as such. Investors are advised that investments are subject to investment risk and that there can be no guarantee that any investment objectives will be achieved. Investment involves risks and investor should conduct their own assessment before investing and seek professional advice, where necessary.
Core Pillar - Provide Consistent Monthly Income Distribution from Mixed Assets
The Core pillar is the cornerstone of RHB Bank's Income Investing Portfolio, anchored by the TA Total Return Income Fund. The fund manager aims to pay out 5% annual distribution from its NAV (Net Asset Value) on monthly basis. The fund invests into a diversified global portfolio of both equity and fixed income and actively allocate between asset classes and geographical (via Collective Investment Schemes) to capture quality opportunities with the aim to respond to uncertainties and to achieve regular income.
Stabiliser Pillar - Provide a Safety Net Against Unfavourable Currency Market Movement
The Stabiliser Pillar is designed to provide stability in volatile markets. It shields investors from currency risks. These funds are primarily invested in Malaysia’s fixed income assets denominated in MYR.
|Fund||Lipper Leader Score* (Consistent Return Overall)|
|Maybank Malaysia Income-i||5|
|Principal Lifetime Bond||4|
Source: Lipper Investment Manager as of October 2023
*The Lipper Rating for Consistent Return identifies a fund that has provided relatively superior consistency and risk-adjusted returns when compared to a group of similar funds. Funds which achieve high ratings for Consistent Return may be the best fit for investors who value a fund's year-to-year consistency relative to other funds in a particular peer group. Investors are cautioned that some peer groups are inherently more volatile than others, and even Lipper Leaders for Consistent Return in the most volatile groups may not be well suited to shorter-term goals or less risk-tolerant investors. (Source: Lipperleaders.com).
The top 20% of funds receive a rating of ‘5’, the next 20% of funds receive a rating of ‘4’, the middle 20% of funds receive a rating of ‘3’, the next 20% of funds receive a rating of ‘2’, the lowest 20% of funds receive a rating of ‘1’ (Source: Lipperleaders.com)
Diversifier Pillar - Provide Diversified Source of Income Distribution
The Diversifier Pillar allows investors to diversify the source of income distribution by investing into fixed income funds across various geographical regions, These funds are strategically diversified into Global, Asian, US or China fixed income markets.
|Fund||Lipper Category||Primary Bond Exposure|
|Affin Hwang World Series -
Global Income Fund
|AHAM Select Bond||Bond Asia Pacific||Global (Asian Focus)|
|RHB China Bond Fund||Bond Asia Pacific||China|
|RHB American Income Fund||Bond Global||US|
Source: Lipper Investment Manager and Fund Fact Sheets as of October 2023
Booster Pillar - Potential Capital Appreciation from Exposure into Equity investment.
The Booster Pillar allow investors to allocate into funds with equity exposure. Funds in this pillar can be conservative, balance mixed assets or equity funds with 30% to 100% exposure into equity. These funds also offer periodic income distribution, if any.
|Fund||Lipper Category||Primary Equity Exposure|
|Principal Asia Pacific
Dynamic Income Fund
|Absolute Return||Up to 100%|
|AHAM Select Dividend Fund||Equity Malaysia Income||Up to 100%|
|AHAM Select Income Fund||Mixed Asset MYR
|Up to 30%|
Source: Lipper Investment Manager and Fund Fact Sheets as of October 2023
Based on your needs, goals and risk appetite, you can allocate your investments accordingly to these four pillars. Your Relationship Manager can help you assess your approach. Here are some tips to get the ball rolling:
Income Focus: Investors seeking a consistent income stream should focus on the Core and Stabiliser Pillars. A significant portion of the portfolio can be allocated to the TA Total Return Income Fund.
Capital Gains: Investors willing to take on more risk for potential higher capital gains may consider allocating a portion of their portfolio to the Booster Pillar.
It's important to note that each investor's financial situation and goals are unique and some of the funds are only applicable to high net worth individual. It is advisable to consult with your Relationship Manager to determine which approach aligns best with your specific goals and risk tolerance.
Get in touch with your Relationship Manager today to discuss your options!