Allan Gray - Orbis Global Fund of Funds

Invest in global assets

The Allan Gray-Orbis Global Fund of Funds’ goal is to create steady, long-term wealth for investors by investing in a mix of offshore assets, without exceeding a ceiling of 75% in shares. We aim to deliver returns that are higher than a portfolio that is 60% FTSE World Index, including income, and 40% the J.P. Morgan GBI Global Index.

The Global Fund of Funds is suitable for you if:

  • You want to invest offshore in rands
  • You want to invest in a range of global assets to grow your capital over the long term, without investing fully in shares
  • You are comfortable with global market and currency movements
  • You accept the potential for capital loss, but less than in an equity-only unit trust
  • You are ideally investing for more than five years (measuring performance in the unit trust’s currency)  

Performance after fees with all distributions reinvested
as at  31 August 2020 (in rands)

Benchmark: 60% of the FTSE World Index including income and 40% of the JP Morgan Global Government Bond Index. 

Annualised Returns

as at  31 August 2020

This is a way of reporting the return earned over a period as a percentage per year. Although the figure stated implies that the same percentage return was delivered every year, the actual return in each year may have been more or less than the reported figure, depending on the unit trust’s volatility. Annualised performance reporting simplifies comparison across different time periods and across different types of investments.

Risk measures

as at  31 August 2020

Maximum drawdown (%)
Highest annual return (%)
Lowest annual return (%)

Investment strategy

To achieve the Allan Gray-Orbis Global Fund of Funds’ goal, we invest in a mix of equity, absolute return and multi-asset class unit trusts managed by our offshore partner, Orbis Investments. The absolute return unit trusts use exchange-traded derivative contracts on stock market indices, which allows us to reduce the Global Fund of Funds' net equity exposure.

Orbis shares our investment philosophy, which is applied on a global scale. Orbis ignores market sentiment and buys assets its research process indicates are undervalued. Orbis sells them when they reach its estimates of fair value. By choosing between the different Orbis regional equity unit trusts, we aim to enhance the unit trust’s long-term returns, and manage risks, by actively managing its exposure to equities, different geographies and currencies.

Asset allocation
as at  31 August 2020

Unit Trust Allocation

as at  31 August 2020

What are the costs?

All the Allan Gray - Orbis Global Fund of Funds' expenses, including the investment management fee charged by Orbis in the underlying Orbis unit trusts, are deducted before performance figures are calculated. There are no separate or additional fees. The total investment charge is broken down below:


Orbis Investment management fee1

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Benchmark performance4

View summary

Out- or underperformance5


Other expenses2




Total expense ratio (TER)3


Transaction costs


Total investment charge

1 Investment management fees are charged for the investment manager’s investment research and decision-making. 

2 This includes audit fees, taxes and other administration costs.

3 This is a measure of the actual costs that have been deducted from the unit trust over the past three years to 30 June 2020 (annualised).

4 The fee charged for benchmark performance is charged within the underlying Orbis unit trusts for performance equal to the relevant unit trust’s benchmark. 

5 The portion of the investment management fee that is added or deducted for performance above or below the unit trust's benchmark performance.  

The investment management fee depends on performance

Orbis charges fees within the underlying Orbis funds, which depend on how well each underlying Orbis fund performs against its benchmark. A portion of this fee is paid to Allan Gray for marketing and distribution and Allan Gray does not charge any additional fees. The fees of the Orbis funds are described in more detail on the Orbis factsheets, which can be found at

Note: There may be slight discrepancies in the totals due to rounding.

Important information for investors

Collective Investment Schemes in Securities (unit trusts) are generally medium- to long-term investments. The value of units may go down as well as up and past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance. The Management Company does not provide any guarantee regarding the capital or the performance of its unit trusts. Unit trusts may be closed to new investments at any time in order for them to be managed according to their mandates. Unit trusts are traded at ruling prices and can engage in borrowing and scrip lending.

Performance figures are provided by Allan Gray and are for lump sum investments with income distributions reinvested. Actual investor performance may differ as a result of the investment date, the date of reinvestment and dividend withholding tax. Movements in exchange rates may also be the cause of the value of underlying international investments going up or down. Unit trust prices are calculated on a net asset value basis, which is the total market value of all assets in the unit trust including any income accruals and less any permissible deductions from the unit trust, divided by the number of units in issue. Forward pricing is used and fund valuations take place at approximately 16:00 each business day. Purchase and redemption requests must be received by 14:00 each business day to receive that day’s price. Unit trust prices are available daily on our prices page. Permissible deductions may include management fees, brokerage, Securities Transfer Tax (STT), auditor’s fees, bank charges and trustee fees. A schedule of fees, charges and maximum commissions is available on request from the Management Company.

The annual management fees charged by both Allan Gray and Orbis (if applicable) are included in the Total investment charge. The total expense ratio (TER) is the annualised percentage of the Fund’s average assets under management that has been used to pay the Fund’s actual expenses over the past three years. The TER includes the annual management fees that have been charged (both the fee at benchmark and any performance component charged), VAT and other expenses like audit and trustee fees. Transaction costs (including brokerage, Securities Transfer Tax [STT], STRATE and Investor Protection Levy and VAT thereon) are shown separately. Transaction costs are a necessary cost in administering the financial product and impacts financial product returns. They should not be considered in isolation as returns may be impacted by many other factors over time including market returns, the type of financial product, the investment decisions of the investment manager and the TER. Since Fund returns are quoted after the deduction of these expenses, the TER and transaction costs should not be deducted again from published returns. As unit trust expenses vary, the current TER cannot be used as an indication of future TERs. A higher TER does not necessarily imply a poor return, nor does a low TER imply a good return. Instead, when investing, the investment objective of the Fund should be aligned with the investor’s objective and compared against the performance of the Fund. The TER and other funds’ TERs should then be used to evaluate whether the Fund performance offers value for money. The sum of the TER and transaction costs is shown as the total investment charge.

You can obtain additional information about your proposed investment from Allan Gray free of charge. Simply email or call our Client Service Centre on 0860 000 654.



A portion of this fee is paid to Allan Gray for marketing and distribution and Allan Gray does not charge any additional fees. The fees of the Orbis funds are described in more detail on the Orbis factsheets.


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