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The Asia team

Mark Williams, Carolyn Chan & Shashank Savla

The team

Mark Williams (right), Carolyn Chan (centre) and Shashank Savla (left) have more than 60 years of combined experience in analysing Asian companies. Mark, with 24 years’ experience in investing, has previously run funds at F&C and Occam. While managing the F&C Pacific Growth Fund, it was awarded first place in the Equity Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) sector over five years (out of 52 funds) by the S&P European awards in 2007. Carolyn has 25 years of experience and was previously at Hampton Investment Management. Shashank has 13 years of experience in financial markets and has also previously worked in the Consumer Goods and Telecoms industries.

The Asia team

The Asia Income Process

The process seeks to identify companies that will benefit from the growth in the Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) region, have an attractive yield and give a greater chance of expectations being beaten. The process aims to avoid those stocks that are likelier to miss expectations. By targeting at least 1.1 times the dividend yield of the region across the portfolio, the fund managers believe this will ensure the equities they invest in are amongst the more conservative, better managed companies.

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Latest fund updates

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Read the latest fund updates from the Asia team.

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UK domiciled  

Asia Income Fund

The Fund aims to have both a prospective yield at least 1.1 times that of the Asia Pacific ex-Japan markets and to deliver long-term capital appreciation.

The standout performer [among Asia Income funds] is Liontrust Asia Income, which has had payout increases in each of the past three years and has grown its dividends by 113 per cent.

Brian Dennehy of Fundexpert, quoted in The Times, October 2016

Non-UK domiciled  

GF Asia Income Fund

The Fund aims to have both a prospective yield at least 1.1 times that of the Asia Pacific ex-Japan markets and to deliver long-term capital appreciation.

More than half of the world’s population lives in the Asia Pacific region and it is forecast to grow by almost one billion by 2050. The Asia Pacific region is home to 12 of the world’s 23 biggest cities.

Mark Williams, Carolyn Chan & Shashank Savla

Key Risks

Past performance is not a guide to future performance. Do remember that the value of an investment and the income generated from them can fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed, therefore, you may not get back the amount originally invested and potentially risk total loss of capital. Investment in Funds managed by the Asia team involves foreign currencies and may be subject to fluctuations in value due to movements in exchange rates. The Fund’s expenses are charged to capital. This has the effect of increasing dividends while constraining capital appreciation.


The information and opinions provided should not be construed as advice for investment in any product or security mentioned, an offer to buy or sell units/shares of Funds mentioned, or a solicitation to purchase securities in any company or investment product. Always research your own investments and (if you are not a professional or a financial adviser) consult suitability with a regulated financial adviser before investing. 


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