The performance, risk and cost calculations included in the attached Key Information Document (KID) follow the methodology prescribed by EU Regulation (Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products or PRIIPs).
The performance and risk calculations presented in the KID are based on five years of historical daily share price returns and volatility as at 31 December 2017. Investors should consider carefully whether the general market conditions and the Company’s specific share price behaviour over these five years is an appropriate basis for the KID’s illustrations of future performance scenarios and risk.
Investors should remember that the share price of the Company may go down as well as up. Past performance is not an indicator of future performance and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.
The cost disclosures in the KID differ from the presentation of the Ongoing Charges Figure (OCF) in the Company’s Report & Accounts. The OCF reflects advice from the Association of Investment Companies and is based on the assumption of a static market without any transactions. The Company also discloses an estimate of the ongoing costs incurred by underlying fund managers. Both of these measures are included in the KID’s cost disclosures. However, the KID is also required to include transaction costs, interest on borrowings and performance-related amounts (paid for performance above a hurdle). Some of these additional costs are estimated using ‘notional’ or ‘hypothetical’ performance, for example, in situations where the Company has not invested in a fund for a full five years or the fund did not exist for this period.
Investors are reminded that the Company’s NAV performance is net of all costs.