ASEAN Equity Fund

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Responsibility Statement

This Product Highlights Sheet has been reviewed and approved by the directors and/or authorised persons approved by the Board of Saturna Sdn Bhd and they collectively and individually accept full responsibility for the accuracy of the information. Having made all reasonable enquiries, they confirm to the best of their knowledge and belief, there are no false or misleading statements or omission of other facts which would make any statement in the Product Highlights Sheet false or misleading.

Disclaimer Statements

The Securities Commission Malaysia has authorized the issuance of ASEAN EQUITY FUND and a copy of this Product Highlights Sheet has been lodged with the Securities Commission Malaysia.

The authorisation of the ASEAN EQUITY FUND and lodgement of this Product Highlights Sheet should not be taken to indicate that the Securities Commission Malaysia recommends the ASEAN EQUITY FUND or assumes responsibility for the correctness of any statement made or opinion or report expressed in this Product Highlights Sheet.

The Securities Commission Malaysia is not liable for any non-disclosure on the part of Saturna Sdn Bhd who responsible for the ASEAN EQUITY FUND and takes no responsibility for the contents of this Product Highlights Sheet. The Securities Commission Malaysia makes no representation on the accuracy or completeness of this Product Highlights Sheet, and expressly disclaims any liability whatsoever arising from, or in reliance upon, the whole or any part of its contents.

This Product Highlights Sheet only highlights the key features and risks of the Fund. Investors are advised to request, read and understand the Prospectus of the Fund before deciding to invest.



ISIN Code: MYU9200AA005

Bloomberg Ticker: SSBWAEF MK

Type of Product: Unit Trust Fund

Fund Category: Shariah-compliant Equity

Fund Type: Growth

Manager: Saturna Sdn Bhd

Launch Date: 25 January 2017


The Fund is suitable for investors who:

  • Are looking for an ASEAN Shariah-compliant equity portfolio;
  • Are looking for capital gains of the units;
  • Are looking for diversification and exposure to the ASEAN equity markets;
  • Have a long-term investment outlook.

What are you investing in?

ASEAN Equity Fund is an equity wholesale fund issued and managed by Saturna Sdn Bhd that seeks to provide long term capital growth by investing in Shariah compliant equity securities with exposure to ASEAN markets.

Investment Objective The Fund seeks to provide long-term capital growth.
Investment Style & Strategy

The Fund invests in a diversified portfolio of Shariah-compliant equities across the ASEAN region.

The Fund follows a value-oriented investment style, favouring companies with potential for earnings growth. The Manager analyses economic growth rates, interest rates, inflation, currencies, and government policies. Stock selection criteria include improvingfundamentals and solid growth potential at reasonable valuations.

Generally, the Fund invests for the long term, with annual portfolio turnover not expected to exceed 30%.

Asset Allocation

The asset allocation of the Fund is as follows:

  • At least 70% of the Fund's net asset value ("NAV") in Shariah-compliant equities in ASEAN countries.
  • Up to 30% of the Fund's NAV in liquid assets including money market instruments and deposits with Islamic financial institutions.
Benchmark Dow Jones Islamic Market ASEAN Index (source :
Base Currency Ringgit Malaysia (MYR)
Financial Year 31 December
Launch Date 25 January 2017
Income Distribution Policy Subject to availability of income, distribution will be made on a yearly basis.

The Shariah Adviser monitors the operations and investments of the Fund in accordance with the Shariah investment guidelines. Shariah investing requires that companies that do not comply with Shariah law are not considered for purchase. Securities of companies that fail to pass a series of financial ratio filters are also excluded from consideration. The Fund does not invest in debt instruments nor investments that might be considered as speculative, such as derivatives. Any income or distribution received by the Fund from investments in its portfolio which relates to income from Shariah noncompliant investments are considered as impure income. This impure income is subject to an income purification process.

Note: Should you require further information, please refer to the Prospectus under "Shariah Investment Guidelines".


With whom are you investing?

Who are the parties involved?

  • The Manager of the Fund is Saturna Sdn Bhd
  • The Trustee of the Fund is SCBMB Trustee Berhad
  • The Trustee's delegate for the custodian of the assets of the Fund is Standard Chartered Bank (Malaysia) Berhad
  • The Shariah Adviser of the Fund is Amanie Advisors Sdn Bhd
  • The auditor for the Fund is Crowe Horwath
  • The taxation advisor for the Fund is Crowe Horwath KL Tax

What are the possible outcomes of investing in the Fund?

The value per unit of the Fund rises and falls as the value of the equities in which the Fund invests goes up and down. Under normal circumstances, the Fund Manager aims to outperform the Fund's benchmark, the Dow Jones Islamic Market ASEAN Index. However, the Fund may post a lower return or even incur losses if one or more of the key risks occur. In the worst scenario where all the investments of the Fund are in default or suspended, investors may lose part or even all of their initial investments.


You may submit an application to purchase units of the Fund on any business day subject to the minimum initial investment and minimum additional investment amount of the Fund.

Minimum initial investment


Note: The Manager may in its own discretion accept such other lower amount for the minimum initial investment.

Minimum additional investment


Note: The Manager may in its own discretion accept such other lower amount for the minimum additional investment.

Purchase request submission Cut off time before 4:00 p.m. on a business day

Note: For first-time investors, purchases of the Fund are subject to anti-money laundering procedures and may involve several requirements. Please refer to the Prospectus under "Additional Information" for further information.


You may request for redemption from the Fund Manager on any business day.

Minimum redemption unit

No minimum redemption amount

Minimum holdings

No minimum holdings for Units

Redemption request submission

Cutoff time before 4:00 p.m. on a business day

Payment of redemption proceeds Within 3 business days of receiving a complete redemption request form


Transfer facility

The minimum transfer amount is 1,000 Units. No fee is imposed for any transfer.

Switching facility Switching is not available for this Fund.

What are the general risks related to the Fund?

Market Risk

Market risk refers to the possibility that an investment will lose value because of a general decline in financial markets, due to economic, political and/or other factors, which will result in a decline in the Fund's Net Asset Value.

Noncompliance Risk The Fund, the Manager and/or the Trustee may not comply with the provisions set out in the Deed or the law that governs the Fund. The Fund, the Manager and/or Trustee may not comply with operating procedures whether by oversight or by omission, or the Manager may act fraudulently or dishonestly. Such noncompliance may force the Manager to sell down securities of the Fund at a loss to rectify the noncompliance and in turn may adversely affect the Unit Holders' investment. To mitigate this risk, the Manager has put in place internal controls to ensure its continuous compliance with laws, rules and regulations, prescribed practices, and the Manager's internal policies and procedures.
Performance Risk A failure of the Manager to display the requisite experience and expertise in making investment decisions for the Fund may jeopardize the Fund's performance. There is no guarantee the Fund will meet its investment objective of long-term capital growth. Investors should be aware that no guarantee is given that they will receive returns on their investments, or that investors will get back their initial amount invested in full. In order to mitigate this risk, the implementation of internal controls and a structured investment process and operational procedures have been put in place by the Manager.
Operational Risk Operational risk includes risks that arise from the internal process of the organisation. These may result from inadequacies or failure in processes, controls, or projects due to fraud, unauthorised activities, error, omission, inefficiency, systems failure, or from external events. Operational risk may affect the Unitholder's investment negatively.
Equity Securities Risk Shariah-compliant equity securities may experience significant volatility in response to economic or market conditions or adverse events that affect a particular industry, sector, or company. The value of particular Shariah-compliant equity securities may also fluctuate in response to activities of individual companies. This risk can adversely affect the prices of equities, which would negatively impact the performance of the Fund.
Country Risk

Investments of the Fund in any countries may be affected by changes in the economic and political climate, restriction on currency repatriation, or other developments in the law or regulations of the countries in which the Fund invests.

Currency Risk As the investments of the Fund may be denominated in currencies other than the base currency, any fluctuation in the exchange rate between the base currency and the currencies in which the investments are denominated may have an impact on the value of these investments.
Price Level Risk

Inflation may erode the value of long-term contracts entered into by companies and may adversely affect companies that cannot raise prices at the same pace their costs increase. If companies' profitability decreases, the value of their equity shares will go down, thus affecting the value of Unitholders' money invested in the Fund and the value of any returns thereof negatively; the opposite is true as well.

Deflation, being the decrease in the general price level of goods and services, may increase the relative value of debt and cash. Economies in recession have higher risk of deflation, which can encourage the hoarding of cash and deepen the recession. For example, during a downturn in the market, companies become more conservative with their cash and do not spend on capital expenditures, increase of staff, etc. (cash hoarding). This action can result in a more drawn out recession (deepening); as companies spend less on capital expenditure, other companies' sales go down and the value of equities of the companies go down as well, thus affecting the Fund negatively.

Concentration Risk Investors should be aware of the Fund's possible concentration in a particular sector when investing in this Fund. Should the Fund's investments be concentrated in a sector that underperforms the general market, it could cause the Fund's overall results to suffer more than if the Fund was exposed to a less concentrated portfolio. The Fund may therefore be subject to a higher level of risk than a more diversified portfolio.
Active Investment Risk The Fund's active investment strategy means the number and weights of holdings in the Fund's portfolio may deviate significantly from the components of the benchmark, which may result in the Fund's performance failing.
Reclassification of Shariah Status Risk This risk refers to the risk that the currently held Shariah-compliant equities in the Fund may be reclassified as Shariah-noncompliant. The value of the Fund may be adversely affected when the Manager disposes of portfolio investments in unfavourable market conditions.

The above list of risks should not be considered as exhaustive list. While every care will be taken by the Manager to mitigate the risk, Investors should be aware that investments in the Fund may be exposed to other risks of an exceptional nature from time to time. Please refer to the Prospectus under "Risk Factors" for further details on risk.


What are the fees, charges, and expenses involved?

The Fund seeks to minimize the expenses of investors. There is no sales charge, redemption charge, or transfer fee payable by an investor.

Administration Fee 0.25% per annum of the NAV of the Fund
Distribution Fee Up to 0.25% per annum of the NAV of the Fund
Performance Fee 10% of the gross asset value that cumulatively increases or decreases, excluding subscriptions and redemptions, for each day in the financial year
Trustee Fee 0.05% per annum of the NAV of the Fund
Sales Charge None
Redemption Charge None
Transfer Fee None
Switching Fee Not applicable as switching is not available for this Fund

How often are valuations available for the Fund?

The Fund will be valued on every Business Day. The latest Unit prices are published daily on the Manager's website, and the Star online.

You may also contact the Manager directly at 03-2164 5303 for the latest Unit prices.


How can you exit from the Fund, and what are the costs involved?

You may redeem your Units wholly or in part by submitting an application form to the Manager. Redemption application should be made before the cutoff time of 4:00 p.m. on any Business Day. The Units will be redeemed at the NAV per Unit calculated at the next valuation point after the redemption application is received by the Manager. When the redemption application is received after the cutoff time, the application will be deemed to have been received on the next Business Day.

If you are a first-time individual investor who is investing in Unit Trust Fund managed by the Manager and you change your mind about an investment that you have made in the Fund, you may exercise the cooling-off right within six (6) Business Days from the date your application is received by the Manager.

Cooling-off proceeds will only be paid after the Manager receives cleared funds for the original investment. The original investment proceeds shall be refunded to you within 10 calendar days of receipt of application for cooling-off. There is no cost involved or penalty chargeable in relation to exiting from the Fund. Payment will be made via E-payment according to your bank account details as stated in the duly completed transaction form.


Who should you contact for further information or to lodge a complaint?

For further information regarding the Fund, you may contact:

I. The distributor from whom you purchased the Fund; or
II. The Manager's office – Saturna Sdn Bhd

Suite 5.03, 5th Floor Menara Atlan
161-B Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2164 5303
Fax: 03-2164 5308

III. For internal dispute resolution, you may contact:

Client Servicing Personnel
a. via phone to :603-2164 5303
b. via fax to :603-2164 5308
c. via email
d. website

IV. If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the internal dispute resolution process, please refer your dispute to the Securities Industry Dispute Resolution Centre (SIDREC):

a. via phone to :603-2282 2280
b. via fax to :603-2282 3855
c. via email to
d. via letter to :Securities Industry Dispute Resolution Centre (SIDREC)
Unit A-9-1, Level 9, Tower A, Menara UOA Bangsar
No. 5, Jalan Bangsar Utama 1
59000 Kuala Lumpur

V. You can also direct your complaint to the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) even if you have initiated a dispute resolution process with SIDREC. To make a complaint, please contact the SC's Consumer & Investor Office:

a. via phone to :603-6204 8999
b. via fax to :603-6204 8991
c. via email to
d. via the online complaint form available at
e. via letter to :Consumer & Investor Office
Securities Commission Malaysia
3 Persiaran Bukit Kiara
Bukit Kiara
50490 Kuala Lumpur



ASEAN The Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Board The board of directors of the Manager
Business Day A day on which Bursa Malaysia is open for trading
Deed The deed of the Fund and any other supplemental deed that may be entered into between the Manager and the Trustee
Launch Date The date of the first Prospectus of the Fund and is the date on which sales of Units of the Fund may first be made
Fund The ASEAN Equity Fund
Long-term A period of more than 3 years
Net Asset Value or NAV The value of all the Fund's assets less the value of all the Fund's liabilities at the valuation point. For the purpose of computing the administration fee, distribution fee, performance fee (if any), and annual trustee fee, the NAV is inclusive (that is, before any deduction) of the fees for the relevant day
NAV per Unit The NAV of the Fund divided by the total number of Units in circulation at the valuation point
SC The Securities Commission Malaysia
Shariah Islamic law, originating from the Qur`an (the holy book of Islam), and its practices and explanations rendered by the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and ijtihad of ulamak (personal effort by qualified Shariah scholars to determine the true ruling of the divine law on matters whose revelations are not explicit)
Unit(s) A measurement of the right or interest of a Unitholder in the Fund
Unitholder The person registered as a holder of a Unit or Units, including persons jointly registered for the Fund