Strategy highlights

  • Disciplined and sustainable approach, combining the use of global investment themes with buy and sell yield criteria
  • Unconstrained, flexible, concentrated portfolio with long-term focus to capture returns via real and sustainable dividends
  • Harnessing time, consistency of process, and the compounding power of dividends with Asian growth

Our philosophy and process

The strategy is conviction-based with no sector constraints, and invests primarily in the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan.
A constantly evolving and forward-looking approach seeks to anticipate change, manage risk, and identify opportunities.

The strategy seeks high-quality companies offering attractive and sustainable dividend yields, underpinned by strong cash generation. It employs a valuation screen to help portfolios in their aim to achieve a dividend yield above that of the index.
Material and relevant ESG risks, issues and opportunities are considered as part of the investment process.

Every time we consider a security or look at an industry or country, it’s in the context of what’s happening across the world. We believe the investment landscape is shaped over the long term by some key trends, and we use a range of global investment themes to capture these.

Investment team

Our Asian Equity Income strategy is managed by an experienced team. Our investment team of research analysts and portfolio managers works together across regions and sectors, helping to ensure that our investment process is highly flexible. Guided by our global investment themes, the team works together to identify opportunities and risks through research and debate.

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Strategy profile


The strategy seeks to outperform the FTSE AW Asia Pacific ex Japan index by more than 2% per annum over rolling 5-year periods by achieving income and capital growth from a portfolio comprised of companies that must yield at least 85% of the performance benchmark yield, which are predominantly from Asia Pacific markets, including Australia and New Zealand, but excluding Japan.

Performance benchmark

FTSE All World Asia-Pacific ex Japan

Typical number of equity holdings

40 to 70

Yield discipline

Every new holding must have a prospective yield of at least 85% of the yield achieved by the comparative index. Any holding whose prospective yield falls below a 40% discount to the yield achieved by the index will be sold. On account of liquidity, it may not be possible to dispose of an entire holding immediately.

Strategy size

£0.9bn (as at 30 June 2022)

Strategy inception

Composite inception: 1 September 2005

Strategy available through pooled UK vehicle

BNY Mellon Asian Income Fund

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UK Inst Asian Equity Income strategy factsheet

Strategy factsheet

Performance and commentary for the last quarter.

RI report Asian Equity Income Strategy

Responsible investment report

Stewardship activities (voting and engagement) for the last quarter and ESG metrics.

Your capital may be at risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the original amount invested.

Newton will make investment decisions that are not based solely on ESG considerations. Other attributes of an investment may outweigh ESG considerations when making investment decisions. The way that ESG considerations are assessed may vary depending on the asset class and strategy involved. The research team performs ESG quality reviews on equity securities prior to their addition to Newton’s research recommended list (RRL). ESG quality reviews are not performed for all fixed income securities. The portfolio managers may purchase equity securities that are not included on the RRL and which do not have ESG quality reviews. Not all securities held by Newton’s strategies have an ESG quality review completed prior to investment, although since 2020 it has been a requirement for all (single name) equity securities to have an ESG quality review before they are purchased for the first time.

Key investment risks

  • Objective/performance risk: There is no guarantee that the strategy will achieve its objectives.
  • Currency risk: This strategy invests in international markets which means it is exposed to changes in currency rates which could affect the value of the strategy.
  • Geographic concentration risk: The strategy primarily invests in a single market which may have a significant impact on the value of the strategy.
  • Derivatives risk: Derivatives are highly sensitive to changes in the value of the asset from which their value is derived. A small movement in the value of the underlying asset can cause a large movement in the value of the derivative. This can increase the sizes of losses and gains, causing the value of your investment to fluctuate. When using derivatives, the strategy can lose significantly more than the amount it has invested in derivatives.
  • Emerging markets risk: Emerging Markets have additional risks due to less-developed market practices.
  • Liquidity risk: The strategy may not always find another party willing to purchase an asset that the strategy wants to sell which could impact the strategy’s ability to sell the asset or to sell the asset at its current value.
  • Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect and/or the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect (‘Stock Connect’) risk: The strategy may invest in China A shares through Stock Connect programmes. These may be subject to regulatory changes and quota limitations. An operational constraint such as a suspension in trading could negatively affect the strategy‘s ability to achieve its investment objective.
  • High yield companies risk: Companies with high-dividend rates are at a greater risk of not being able to meet these payments and are more sensitive to interest rate risk.
  • Concentration risk: A fall in the value of a single investment may have a significant impact on the value of the strategy because it typically invests in a limited number of investments.
  • Counterparty risk: The insolvency of any institutions providing services such as custody of assets or acting as a counterparty to derivatives or other contractual arrangements, may expose the strategy to financial loss.