The Innovation Portfolio

January 2024
Fact Sheet

Investment Objective

The Innovation portfolios aims to provide exposure to the disruptive thematic innovation themes.

Investment Approach

The strategies are directed to achieve their investment objectives by primarily managing a focused but appropriately diversified portfolio of suitable instruments. The investment process combines quantitative equity sectoral allocation techniques with tactical sector and stock allocation analysis in determining its preferred asset class exposure and potential thematic tilts. Given the currency diversification required, the portfolios may have concentrated exposures to certain currencies and/or regions.

Top Holdings

Sector Allocation

Portfolio Information

Portfolio Manager:Sasfin Securities
Launch Date:31/12/2015
Regulation 28:No
Management FeeSliding Scale
Fund Benchmark:Russell Small Cap Complete GrowthTR

Investment Growth


1 Month 3 Months YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years Inception
The Innovation Portfolio -3.0% 18.7% -2.9% 10.0% -8.9% 11.3% 17.8%
Russell Small Cap Complete Growth TR -1.1% 21.2% -1.1% 19.1% -4.8% 11.2% 11.9%

Risk Profile

  Low Low-Mod Mod Mod-High High
  1-3 years 3+ years 3-5 years 5+ years 7+ years
  • This portfolio has a high exposure to equities and therefore tends to be more volatile than most other portfolios.
  • Expected potential long-term returns are high, but the risk of potential capital losses is high as well, especially over shorter periods.
  • Where the asset allocation contained in this fact sheet reflects offshore exposure, the portfolio is exposed to currency risks.
  • Therefore, it is suitable for long-term investment horizons.



Monthly Returns

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
2024 -3.0 -3.0
2023 12.5 -1.0 4.4 -2.1 4.2 4.9 3.0 -4.6 -6.8 -8.5 13.0 8.2 27.5
2022 -13.1 -0.2 0.2 -13.6 -1.2 -6.0 10.1 -2.1 -9.7 3.7 4.5 -7.2 -31.7
2021 9.9 -5.8 -4.4 2.3 -1.3 8.9 -3.1 0.9 -7.5 6.5 -3.8 -2.4 -1.7
2020 -1.2 -2.4 -12.2 17.1 7.1 8.5 9.7 4.5 -1.9 2.7 17.3 10.2 71.8
2019 11.2 10.0 0.9 1.6 -4.7 6.2 2.5 -1.5 -6.6 7.2 4.0 -0.5 32.9
2018 5.9 -4.7 -1.4 -0.3 9.8 1.2 1.0 11.5 0.1 -14.0 2.0 -10.3 -2.0
2017 4.6 7.9 3.2 4.3 9.2 -0.3 7.6 1.9 6.2 1.4 1.7 0.3 59.4
2016 -9.0 2.1 6.5 1.1 4.3 -0.2 4.1 9.6 6.0 -4.6 5.7 -0.2 26.7

Risk Measures

The Innovation PortfolioRussell Small Cap Complete Growth TR
Std. Deviation 22.7% 22.0%
Sharpe Ratio 0.6 0.4
Sortino Ratio 1.2 0.8
Max Drawdown (Monthly) -39.3% -40.8%
Best Month 17.3% 19.2%
Worst Month -14.0% -17.5%
Gain/Loss Ratio 1.8 1.6
Value at Risk -10.3 -11.0

Note: All risk measures shown are annualized.

Information & Disclosures

Alpha - Excess return over benchmark.
Beta - Systematic measure of sensitivity risk with respect to a given benchmark.
Max Drawdown - Measures largest peak-to-trough decline before a new peak is achieved.
Sharpe Ratio - Calculated by dividing a fund's excess returns over the risk-free rate by its standard deviation. The higher the Sharpe ratio, the better the fund's historical risk-adjusted performance.
Standard deviation - A statistical measurement of dispersion about an average. The higher the standard deviation, the wider the range, implyng greater volatility.
Sortino Ratio - A variation of the Sharpe ratio. Differentiates harmful volatility by using downside deviation, measuring the return to volatility caused by negative returns.
Value at Risk (VaR) - is a statistical measure of the risk of loss for investments. The potential loss in value of a traded portfolio over a defined period of time for a given confidence level.
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