The fund invests in a balanced mix of income assets and growth assets. It excludes investments which do not satisfy certain socially responsible investment criteria. It is suited to investors looking for an investment that reflects their personal values, who are comfortable with a medium level of risk and are willing to accept a medium level of returns.
Booster's investment methodology follows a strong belief that added value will mainly be derived by making appropriate top-down based economic, industry sector and sub-asset class assessments.
Within the SRI portfolios, Booster builds on this top down process by utilising a negative screening process which avoids certain industries that overall are assessed as having a negative impact on society, while focusing on selecting investments that offer exposure to the key economic and sector themes identified through our top down research. The assessment of investments for compliance with this methodology and criteria is tightly integrated with broader portfolio monitoring.
The results of this are required to be provided to the Booster Research Manager, and CIO, in respect of any new company’s addition. Where there is any potential ambiguity regarding the compliance of a new investment with the Booster SRI policy, its inclusion is required to be formally approved by the Booster Investment Committee. Corporate actions and changes in key business direction are monitored for existing portfolio holdings, to identify any changes that might impact a company’s compliance with the SRI criteria. As part of this process, each company is required to be reviewed at least annually. Any investments that are assessed to no longer comply with the SRI policy are required to be sold within a reasonable period.
With respect to fossil fuel exclusions, managed fund investments are researched relative to this criteria; however, in some cases they may include a small allocation to fossil fuels which is subject to ongoing monitoring of suitable alternatives.