Our Investment Philosophy

A long-term view

Our investment philosophy is that of the long term. All strategic decisions we take are with the goal of maximising the interests of all stakeholders in a consistent and sustainable manner. We think of investments in real terms. In other words, returns need to be in excess of inflation to be of any long-term benefit to the investor. To achieve inflation-beating returns over the long term, we embrace and manage risk. Be it risk in asset classes, geographies, currencies, styles and skills.

We actively seek opportunity

Investment markets are generally efficient over time. However they are often mispriced during the investment cycle. It is during these periods of mispriced assets that opportunity arises for skilled action to provide value

We manage risk

At Seed we believe that skilled and experienced managers are able to disproportionally reduce the down side risk associated with markets while capturing some of the upside. The overall result is a reduced market risk to the portfolio over time but not necessarily the returns on offer. We also recognise that portfolio risk can be reduced by applying diversification principles of blending investment asset classes, styles, geographies, currencies and manager skills.

Our Investment Process

Seed follows a disciplined investment process:

We carry out manager research and selection using a combination of industry and proprietary analytical tools, which we couple with extensive manager experience. Our goal: to build both a quantitative and qualitative profile for each manager portfolio researched and/or selected. In terms of construction – including Strategic Asset Allocation – we use tried and tested global asset valuation models. We also perform a thorough correlation analysis of:
  • Asset classes
  • Manager investment styles
  • Actual portfolio performance
 

Seed Funds

Seed currently manages four unit trust funds, adopting a multi-manager investment approach.

Seed Income Prescient Fund

The Fund aims to generate STEFI Call + 1% pa over rolling 1 year periods and avoid negative returns over any 6 month period.

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Seed Stable Prescient Fund

The Fund aims to generate CPI + 4% pa over rolling 3 year periods and avoid negative returns over any 1 year period.

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Seed Balanced Prescient Fund

The Fund aims to generate CPI + 6% pa over rolling 5 year periods and avoid negative returns over any 3 year period.

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Seed Global Fund

The Fund aims to generate a return of Libor + 3% pa over rolling 5 year periods and avoid negative returns over any 3 year period.

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