MNP’s objective is to achieve a total return in excess of the total return of the benchmark MSCI AC World Index. Prior to 1 February 2020, the objective was to generate a capital return in excess of the capital return of a less broad global index.
Martin Currie Global Portfolio Trust (MNP) has experienced a tough six-month period of relative performance at a time when value rather than growth stocks have been favoured by investors. The trust’s manager, Zehrid Osmani, has stayed true to his strategy of investing in high-quality companies with long-term growth potential, aiming to generate above-market returns over a rolling five-year period. He says that this approach has compounded investors’ wealth over the long term, and that ‘all it takes is a few quarters of positive earnings growth during a period of negative earnings revisions, and MNP should once again outperform’. He states that ‘valuation discipline is critical, but even more so now in an environment of rising interest rates’. The trust’s portfolio turnover remains low as the manager is not panicking or trying to chase performance.