The BlackRock Latin American Trust seeks long-term capital growth and an attractive total return primarily through investing in quoted Latin American Securities. The trust was launched in 1990 and management was transferred to BlackRock on 31 March 2006 following a tender process. The managers follow a mainly bottom-up approach that is flexible but seeks growth at a reasonable price. The trust has an indefinite life subject to a two-yearly continuation vote. The benchmark is the MSCI Emerging Markets Latin America Index.
BlackRock Latin American Investment Trust (BRLA) has become a more concentrated fund since the appointment of Sam Vecht and Ed Kuczma in late December 2018. Although Latin America has more recently been negatively affected by COVID-19, the managers are positive on the region’s prospects. They suggest that it is ‘under-owned, under-researched and undervalued’ and will benefit from an improvement in the domestic and global economy. In recent months Vecht and Kuczma have identified several new investment opportunities across a range of industries, and while stocks are selected on a bottom-up basis there are a series of themes represented in the portfolio such as structural growth stocks.