Allan Gray Tax-Free Balanced Fund

Our flagship long-term unit trust for tax-free investment accounts

The goal of the Tax-Free Balanced Fund is to create steady, long-term wealth for investors by balancing income generation, capital growth and risk of loss using a mixed selection of assets. We aim to beat the average performance of similar unit trusts without taking any more risk.

The Tax-Free Balanced Fund is suitable for you if:

  • You are investing in the Allan Gray Tax-Free Investment Account
  • You are looking for steady, long-term capital growth
  • You are ideally investing for at least three years
  • You are comfortable with taking on some risk of market fluctuation and potential capital loss

Performance after fees with all distributions reinvested
as at  30 June 2024 (In rands)

Benchmark: The market value-weighted average return of funds in the South African – Multi Asset – High Equity category (excluding Allan Gray funds).

Annualised Returns

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.

Investment strategy

The Tax-Free Balanced Fund is managed in broadly the same way as the Allan Gray Balanced Fund and we believe it is useful to look at the history of the Allan Gray Balanced Fund when making investment decisions about this unit trust. The Tax-Free Balanced Fund was created specifically for use in tax-free accounts and can only be accessed through these products.

The track record of the Allan Gray Balanced Fund gives investors a view of the performance and risk measures of the Allan Gray Balanced Strategy over the long term.

To achieve the goal of our Balanced Strategy, we invest in shares of companies, commodities, bonds issued by companies and the government and cash. The Tax-Free Balanced Fund can invest a maximum of 45% offshore.

The offshore portion is typically invested into a mix of funds managed by Orbis Investment Management Limited, our offshore investment partner.

We determine the mix of assets in the Balanced Strategy based on where we are finding the best value. However, because the Balanced Strategy is managed to comply with the retirement fund investment limits, the maximum exposure to equities is 75%.

Net equity exposure may be reduced from time to time using exchange-traded derivative contracts on stock market indices.

Asset allocation
as at  30 June 2024

Including currency hedges.

Month-End Net Equity Exposure

(Max 75%)

What are the costs?*

All the Tax-Free Balanced Fund’s expenses, including the investment management fee, are deducted before performance figures are calculated. There are no separate or additional costs. The total investment charge is broken down below:


Investment management fee1


Benchmark performance




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. This figure includes the Allan Gray investment management fee, which is charged only on the portion of the unit trust invested locally, as well as the fees charged by Orbis on the portion invested offshore.

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 31 March 2024 (annualised).

The investment management fee

The fee we charge is fixed at 1.25% excluding VAT.

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.

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. 

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