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    How we invest

    Our Policy Portfolio

    The Policy Portfolio represents GIC’s long-term asset allocation strategy. It accounts for the bulk of the risk and return potential of the GIC Portfolio. The Policy Portfolio seeks to balance the way different asset classes respond to varied economic environments.

    The Policy Portfolio comprises six asset classes: Developed Market Equities, Emerging Market Equities, Nominal Bonds and Cash, Inflation-linked Bonds, Private Equity, and Real Estate. Through the diversity of asset classes, the Policy Portfolio is expected to generate good risk-adjusted returns over a 20-year period.

    Active Portfolio

    The Active Portfolio comprises skill-based strategies to add value to the Policy Portfolio, while broadly maintaining the same level of systematic risk.

    The strategies are funded by the sale of assets in the Policy Portfolio, and so must generate higher returns to compensate for the cost of capital and higher risk involved.

    We focus on owning assets with good long-term earning potential, at reasonable prices. Capitalising on our core strengths, we work to find attractive bottom-up investment opportunities.

    Reference Portfolio

    The Client owns the funds that GIC manages, and decides on the overall risk preference.

    Characterised by a Portfolio made up of 65% global equities and 35% global bonds (“65-35”), the Reference Portfolio is not a benchmark, but an expression of the overall risk that the Client is prepared for the GIC Portfolio.

    GIC’s investment strategy is to build a portfolio comprising asset classes that can generate good long-term returns above global inflation, while adhering to our Client’s risk parameters. On occasion, there may be a difference between the risk exposure of GIC and the Reference Portfolio. GIC may adjust its risk exposure, in times of market exuberance or when the opportunity arises. This is part of a disciplined, professional approach to long-term value investing.

    Disciplined, long-term value investing

    The key to implementing our investment framework is a disciplined approach to long-term value investing.

    We assess the value of an asset and keep to the price discipline, even if it may mean going against market sentiments.

    To do so, we consider drivers of risk and return for each asset class to establish where true fundamental value lies. This involves both top-down and bottom-up analyses.

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