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AMP Australian Share
Quarterly Investment Option Update
30 September 2015
Aim and Strategy
Aim and strategy: To provide a total return (income and capital growth) after costs and before tax, above the S&P/ASX 200
Accumulation Index on a rolling 12 month basis.
The portfolio uses a number of diverse styles including Enhanced Index, Core, Quant, Value and Sustainable Alpha styles to
invest. The Enhanced Index approach takes on slightly higher levels of risk, relative to benchmark, than an indexed investment.
The Core style is based on the belief that a key driver of share value is a company’s ability to grow earnings. The Quant style
uses a number of quantitative techniques to target pricing anomalies across a large number of shares using a highly disciplined
investment process. The Value approach aims to identify companies that are currently undervalued in the belief that they will offer
better returns. The Sustainable Alpha approach addresses environmental, social and governance issues as part of the financial
assessment of companies.
Investment style: Multi-style
Investment Option Performance
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Investment Option Overview
Product name
Investment category
AMP Flexible Lifetime Super
AMP Flexible Super - Retirement account
Suggested investment
5-7 years
AMP Flexible Super - Super account
Flexible Lifetime - Allocated Pension
Flexible Lifetime - Term Pension
Flexible Lifetime Investment
Asset Allocation
Benchmark Range (%)
Flexible Lifetime Investment (Series 2)
Australian Shares
Investment Linked Deferred Annuity
Investment Linked Regular Premium
MultiFund Flexible Income Plan
SignatureSuper Allocated Pension
AMP Life Limited
84 079 300 379
Australian Equities
Relative risk rating
Investment style
Top Ten Australian Securities
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Westpac Banking Corp
National Australia Bank Ltd
Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd
Telstra Corp Ltd
BHP Billiton Ltd
Wesfarmers Ltd
Macquarie Group Ltd
Westfield Corp
QBE Insurance Group Ltd
Industry Exposure
Consumer Staples
Telecommunication Services
Health Care
Consumer Discretionary
Information Technology
Portfolio Summary
The Option posted a negative return for the quarter and slightly underperformed its benchmark.
With the exception of the energy sector, all sectors were negative.
The Option’s underperformance of the benchmark was mainly due to the Option’s positioning along the sectors.
Australian shares are likely to remain a relative laggard as commodity price weakness continues to impact.
Investment Option Commentary
Australian shares were greeted with some headwind this quarter, facing mixed economic data, ongoing uncertainty in regards to
the Greece’s funding situation and rising global yields. This environment caused the Option to post a negative return and slightly
underperform its benchmark for the quarter. The main detractor to the Option’s total return for the quarter came from allocations
to the financials sector. The financials sector performed poorly due to the recently introduced changes by the Australian
Prudential Regulation Authority and the prospect of higher global yields. With the exception of the energy sector, all sectors
posted negative returns.
The underweight positions to the energy and telecommunication services sectors and stock selection within the health care sector
were the main detractors of the return relative to the benchmark, while good stock selection within the consumer staples and
financials sector partially offset.
At a stock-level, the underweight positions to James Hardie Industries Plc and Woodside Petroleum Ltd and the exclusion of
Orica Ltd from the portfolio were the main detractors, while the overweight position to QBE Insurance Group Ltd and the
underweight positions to Slater & Gordon Ltd and Westpac Banking Corp were the main contributors.
Market commentary
Mixed Australian economic data, Greece’s woes and rising global bond yields weighed on Australian shares during the June
quarter. The S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index finished the quarter -6.55% lower. The consumer staples (-10.21%), the
consumer discretionary (-9.65%), and financial sectors were the worst performing sectors during the quarter. The financials sector
was impacted by the recently introduced changes by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and the prospect of higher
global yields. The energy (+0.77%) sector was the only positive sector during the month as the sector received support from a
stabilisation in the oil price during the quarter. Small caps were impacted less than their large cap counter parts, finishing the
month lower but outperforming large caps, with the Small Ordinaries index down -4.04%.
Australian shares are likely to remain a relative laggard as commodity price weakness continues to act as a headwind. However,
the Chinese monetary easing, the prospect of the Reserve Bank of Australia holding the interest rate at a record low and the
lower Australian dollar should provide some support for the ASX 200. This combined with low bond yields and gradually improving
earnings should continue to underpin Australian equities over the medium term.
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84 079 300 379
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What you need to know
This publication has been prepared by AMP Life Limited ABN 84 079 300 379, AFSL No. 233671 (AMP Life). The information contained in this publication has been
derived from sources believe to accurate and reliable as at the date of this document. Information provided in this investment option update are views of the underlying
Investment Manager only and not necessarily the views of the AMP Group. No representation is given in relation to the accuracy or completeness of any statement
contained in it. Whilst care has been taken in the preparation of this publication, to the extent permitted by law, no liability is accepted for any loss or damage as a
result of reliance on this information. AMP Life is part of the AMP Group. In providing the general advice, AMP Life and AMP Group receives fees and charges and
their employees and directors receive salaries, bonuses and other benefits.
The information in this document is of a general nature only and does not take into account your financial situation, objectives and needs. Before you make any
investment decision based on the information contained in this document you should consider how it applies to your personal objectives, financial situation and needs,
or speak to a financial planner.
The investment option referred to in this publication is available through products issued by AMP Superannuation Limited ABN 31 008 414 104, AFSL No. 233060
(ASL) and/or AMP Life. Before deciding to invest or make a decision about the investment options, you should read the current Product Disclosure Statement for the
relevant product, available from ASL, AMP Life or your financial planner.
Any references to the “Fund”, strategies, asset allocations or exposures are references to the underlying managed fund that the investment option either directly or
indirectly invests in (underlying fund). The investment option’s aim and strategy mirrors the objective and investment approach of the underlying fund. An investment in
the investment option is not a direct investment in the underlying fund.
Neither AMP Life, ASL, any other company in the AMP Group nor underlying fund manager guarantees the repayment of capital or the performance of any product or
particular rate of return referred to in this document. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.
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