Equity

BlackRock Asia Fund

Overview

Important Information: Capital at Risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and are not guaranteed. Investors may not get back the amount originally invested. The fund invests a large portion of assets which are denominated in other currencies; hence changes in the relevant exchange rate will affect the value of the investment.
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Performance

Performance

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Reinvestments

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31-Dec-2016
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31-Dec-2017
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31-Dec-2018
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31-Dec-2018
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31-Dec-2019
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31-Dec-2020
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Total Return (%)

as of Dec 31, 2021

26.94 -11.43 17.88 17.85 -2.55
Benchmark (%)

as of Dec 31, 2021

29.45 -9.05 13.61 21.16 -3.84
  1Y 3Y 5Y 10y Incept.
-2.55 10.63 8.76 - 9.71
Benchmark (%)

as of Dec 31, 2021

-3.84 9.80 9.28 - 9.11
  YTD 1m 3M 1Y 3Y 5Y 10y Incept.
-2.55 -0.55 -3.02 -2.55 35.38 52.20 - 119.95
Benchmark (%)

as of Dec 31, 2021

-3.84 -0.99 -1.68 -3.84 32.36 55.84 - 109.93
The performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when sold or redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted.

Key Facts

Key Facts

Size of Fund (Millions) as of Jan 20, 2022 GBP 107.563
Price Yield as of Jan 21, 2022 0.62
Number of Holdings as of Dec 31, 2021 67
Base Currency British Pound
Fund Inception Date Jun 28, 2013
Share Class Inception Date Jun 28, 2013
Asset Class Equity
Benchmark Index MSCI All Country Asia ex Japan in GBP Net TR
Investment Association Category Asia Pacific Excluding Japan
Domicile United Kingdom
Regulatory Structure UCITS
Management Company BlackRock Fund Managers Ltd
Ongoing Charge 0.98%
ISIN GB00B7VS8S56
Bloomberg Ticker BLRASDA
Annual Management Fee 0.75%
Initial Charge 0.00%
Performance Fee 0.00%
SEDOL B7VS8S5
Bloomberg Benchmark Ticker -
Dealing Settlement Trade Date + 3 days
Dealing Frequency Daily, forward pricing basis
Minimum Initial Investment GBP 100000
Minimum Subsequent Investment GBP 100
Use of Income Accumulating

Portfolio Characteristics

Portfolio Characteristics

3y Volatility - Benchmark as of Dec 31, 2021 13.12
3y Beta as of Dec 31, 2021 1.034
5y Volatility - Benchmark as of Dec 31, 2021 12.88
5y Beta as of Dec 31, 2021 1.039

Sustainability Characteristics

Sustainability Characteristics

Sustainability Characteristics provide investors with specific non-traditional metrics. Alongside other metrics and information, these enable investors to evaluate funds on certain environmental, social and governance characteristics. Sustainability Characteristics do not provide an indication of current or future performance nor do they represent the potential risk and reward profile of a fund. They are provided for transparency and for information purposes only. Sustainability Characteristics should not be considered solely or in isolation, but instead are one type of information that investors may wish to consider when assessing a fund.


The metrics are not indicative of how or whether ESG factors will be integrated into a fund. Unless otherwise stated in fund documentation and included within a fund’s investment objective, the metrics do not change a fund’s investment objective or constrain the fund’s investable universe, and there is no indication that an ESG or Impact focused investment strategy or exclusionary screens will be adopted by a fund. For more information regarding a fund's investment strategy, please see the fund's prospectus.


Review the MSCI methodologies behind Sustainability Characteristics using the links below.

MSCI ESG Fund Rating (AAA-CCC) as of Jan 7, 2022 AA
MSCI ESG % Coverage as of Jan 7, 2022 93.60
MSCI ESG Quality Score (0-10) as of Jan 7, 2022 8.20
MSCI ESG Quality Score - Peer Percentile as of Jan 7, 2022 89.59
Fund Lipper Global Classification as of Jan 7, 2022 Equity Asia Pacific ex Japan
Funds in Peer Group as of Jan 7, 2022 653
MSCI Weighted Average Carbon Intensity (Tons CO2E/$M SALES) as of Jan 7, 2022 121.54
MSCI Weighted Average Carbon Intensity % Coverage as of Jan 7, 2022 91.01
All data is from MSCI ESG Fund Ratings as of Jan 7, 2022, based on holdings as of Aug 31, 2021. As such, the fund’s sustainable characteristics may differ from MSCI ESG Fund Ratings from time to time.

To be included in MSCI ESG Fund Ratings, 65% of the fund’s gross weight must come from securities with ESG coverage by MSCI ESG Research (certain cash positions and other asset types deemed not relevant for ESG analysis by MSCI are removed prior to calculating a fund’s gross weight; the absolute values of short positions are included but treated as uncovered), the fund’s holdings date must be less than one year old, and the fund must have at least ten securities. For newly launched funds, Sustainability Characteristics are typically available 6 months after launch.

Business Involvement

Business Involvement

Business Involvement metrics can help investors gain a more comprehensive view of specific activities in which a fund may be exposed through its investments.


Business Involvement metrics are not indicative of a fund’s investment objective, and, unless otherwise stated in fund documentation and included within a fund’s investment objective, do not change a fund’s investment objective or constrain the fund’s investable universe, and there is no indication that an ESG or Impact focused investment strategy or exclusionary screens will be adopted by a fund. For more information regarding a fund's investment strategy, please see the fund's prospectus.


Review the MSCI methodology behind the Business Involvement metrics, using links below.

MSCI - Controversial Weapons as of Dec 31, 2021 0.00%
MSCI - UN Global Compact Violators as of Dec 31, 2021 1.09%
MSCI - Nuclear Weapons as of Dec 31, 2021 0.00%
MSCI - Thermal Coal as of Dec 31, 2021 0.00%
MSCI - Civilian Firearms as of Dec 31, 2021 0.00%
MSCI - Oil Sands as of Dec 31, 2021 0.00%
MSCI - Tobacco as of Dec 31, 2021 0.00%

Business Involvement Coverage as of Dec 31, 2021 99.09%
Percentage of Fund not covered as of Dec 31, 2021 1.16%
BlackRock business involvement exposures as shown above for Thermal Coal and Oil Sands are calculated and reported for companies that generate more than 5% of revenue from thermal coal or oil sands as defined by MSCI ESG Research. For the exposure to companies that generate any revenue from thermal coal or oil sands (at a 0% revenue threshold), as defined by MSCI ESG Research, it is as follows: Thermal Coal 2.84% and for Oil Sands 1.85%.

Business Involvement metrics are calculated by BlackRock using data from MSCI ESG Research which provides a profile of each company’s specific business involvement. BlackRock leverages this data to provide a summed up view across holdings and translates it to a fund's market value exposure to the listed Business Involvement areas above.


Business Involvement metrics are designed only to identify companies where MSCI has conducted research and identified as having involvement in the covered activity. As a result, it is possible there is additional involvement in these covered activities where MSCI does not have coverage. This information should not be used to produce comprehensive lists of companies without involvement. Business Involvement metrics are only displayed if at least 1% of the fund’s gross weight includes securities covered by MSCI ESG Research.

ESG Integration

ESG Integration

ESG integration is the practice of incorporating material environmental, social and governance (ESG) information or insights alongside traditional measures into the investment decision process to improve long term financial outcomes of portfolios. Unless otherwise stated in Fund documentation or included within the Fund’s investment objective, inclusion of this statement does not imply that the Fund has an ESG-aligned investment objective, but rather describes how ESG information is considered as part of the overall investment process.


The Fund manager includes ESG considerations in combination with other information in the research and decision phases of the investment process. This may include relevant third-party insights, as well as internal engagement commentary and input from BlackRock Investment Stewardship on governance issues. The Fund manager’s ongoing monitoring of the portfolio involves regular portfolio reviews with the Risk and Quantitative Analysis group and with the Chief Investment Officers. These reviews include discussion of the portfolio’s exposure to material ESG risks, as well as exposure to sustainability-related business involvements, climate-related metrics, and other factors.

Ratings

Ratings

Morningstar Rating

3 stars
Overall Morningstar Rating for BlackRock Asia Fund, Class D, as of Dec 31, 2021 rated against 826 Asia ex-Japan Equity Funds.

Risk Indicator

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Holdings

Holdings

as of Dec 31, 2021
Name Weight (%)
TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO LTD 9.96
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO LTD 6.51
TENCENT HOLDINGS LTD 6.45
ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD 3.27
CHINA MENGNIU DAIRY CO LTD 2.16
Name Weight (%)
BANK CENTRAL ASIA TBK PT 2.08
CHINA CONSTRUCTION BANK CORP 1.96
OVERSEA-CHINESE BANKING CORPORATION LTD 1.91
CHINA RESOURCES LAND LTD 1.87
STANDARD CHARTERED PLC 1.86
Holdings subject to change

Pricing & Exchange

Investor Class Distribution Frequency Bid Price ISIN TIS
D Accumulating 2.20 GB00B7VS8S56 -
Class Z Daily 1.64 GB00BX8ZXF30 -
A Accumulating 2.07 GB00B7VS6Q92 -
Class Z Accumulating 1.74 GB00BWC1JL84 -

Portfolio Managers

Portfolio Managers

Stephen Andrews
Stephen Andrews
Nicholas Chui, CFA, CA
Portfolio manager, Global Emerging Market Equities team

Nicholas Chui, CFA, CA (Singapore), Director, is a portfolio manager and research analyst within the Global Emerging Market Equities team in BlackRock's Fundamental Equity Group

Literature

Literature