Global Shares Income Fund
- Class A

June 2021, at a glance:
  • 6.0% distributed income² per annum since inception¹
  • 7.3% total return per annum since inception¹
1Inception date 1 March 2016. 2Distributed income, net of withholding tax. 3MSCI World ex Australia, Net Returns Unhedged Index. All data is at 30 June 2021 unless indicated otherwise. Fund returns are after applicable fees, costs and taxes. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

Fund's Income Earned Relative To the Benchmark

Source: Factset, Plato Investment Management

Income Generated - Since Inception1 (PER ANNUM)

Source: Factset, Plato Investment Management


For the month ended 30 June 2021, the Plato Global Shares Income Fund (Class A) (‘Fund’) delivered a net yield of +0.3% and a total return of +2.9%, underperforming a strong growth driven benchmark. Income not received until after the end of the financial year will be distributed next month. Since inception, the Fund has delivered +6% p.a. net yield from global equities, which is +4.2% p.a. more than the Benchmark.

June was a mixed month for global markets. However, weakness in the Aussie dollar and strength in the US resulted in a strong global return for a domestic investor. Despite inflation concerns prevailing in the early part of the month, the SP500 pushed broadly higher as these worries cooled and consumer confidence prints were positive (SP500 +2.2%). IT was the standout sector, illustrated by the tech heavy Nasdaq (+5.5%) Although more muted, European markets also posted a broadly positive month (UK +0.2%, Germany +0.7%). Asian markets trailed other regions (Singapore -1.1%, Hong Kong -1.1%). June saw substantial moves in commodities and currencies. OPEC continued to ease supply and coupled with strong demand this pushed WTI Crude firmly higher (+10.8%). Conversely gold saw its largest decline in over 4 years (-7.2%) due to US dollar strength and signalling of early tapering at the FOMC meeting. USD strength also put pressure on the domestic dollar, already struggling against the emerging Deltra strain of the virus. The weak AUD (AUDUSD -3.1%) substantially increased global returns when translated for an Australian investor.

The Fund continued to generate strong excess income, driven at the sector level by Financial and Health Technology stocks. From a country perspective the drivers were Italy, the US, and the UK. Stock examples of these exposures include portfolio holdings in British pharmaceutical, Vectura Group Plc, and Japanese REIT, Nippon REIT Investment Corp. The Plato model rotates into such companies to benefit from substantial regular and special dividends.

The fund trailed the index, which was driven by a resurgence in growth names. After moving in lockstep for the first week of the month, value names sharply pulled back midmonth as growth names continued to rally. (MSCI World Value -1.5% v MSCI World Growth +4.4% in USD). A further headwind was delivered as larger companies outperformed their smaller counterparts (MSCI World Large Cap Index +1.6%, MSCI World Small Cap 0.1%). The Fund performed strongly in Japan but demonstrated weak stock selection in the US and UK. The IT sector ran hot in June, (MSCI World IT +10.2%) and this was where most of the underperformance came from at the sector level. Plato’s proprietary approach seeks to identify stocks that perform strongly in the period prior to their ex-dividend date. Examples include US retailer, Best Buy Co Inc and UK utility, National Grid Plc.

The Fund remains actively positioned to deliver superior income for low tax investors, whilst maintaining full equity capital exposure and diversification to both global developed countries and sectors.

About the Fund

The Plato Global Shares Income Fund is a long-only equity income fund that aims to maximise retirement income for pension phase investors and SMSFs. The Fund aims to provide an annual yield that exceeds the yield of the MSCI World ex Australia, Net Returns Unhedged Index after fees. The Fund also aims to outperform the MSCI World ex Australia, Net Returns Unhedged Index.



Senior Portfolio Manager

Daniel joined Plato in November 2015.  Prior to Plato, Daniel was a Portfolio Manager at Realindex Investments, and was responsible for all Developed and Emerging Market equity products. Daniel has also held positions at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) in Sydney and London.

Daniel has a Bachelor of Science with Honours from the University of Birmingham and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.


Managing Director

Don is the founding Managing Director of Plato Investment Management. He is well known as a leader in the practical application of after-tax investing.

Prior to forming Plato, Don was Head of Active Equities, Asia Pacific at State Street Global Advisors. Don has also held various positions at Westpac Investment Management, including Chief Investment Officer and Head of Equities where he managed a $1B Imputation Fund.


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Interests in the Plato Global Shares Income Fund (ARSN 608 130 838) (‘Fund’) are issued by Pinnacle Fund Services Limited, ABN 29 082 494 362 AFSL 238371. Pinnacle Fund Services Limited is not licensed to provide financial product advice. A copy of the most recent Product Disclosure Statement (‘PDS’) of the Fund can be located at You should consider the current PDS in its entirety before making an investment decision. Plato Investment Management Limited AFSL 504616 ABN 77 120 730 136 (‘Plato’), is the investment manager of the Fund. Pinnacle Fund Services Limited and Plato believe the information contained in this communication is reliable, however its accuracy, reliability or completeness is not guaranteed.
Any opinions or forecasts reflect the judgment and assumptions of Plato and its representatives on the basis of information at the date of publication and may later change without notice.
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The Zenith Investment Partners (“Zenith”) ABN 60 322 047 314 rating for the Plato Global Shares Income Fund (Class A) assigned November 2019 referred to in this document is limited to “General Advice” (as defined by the Corporations Act 2001) for Wholesale clients only. This advice has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any individual. It is not a specific recommendation to purchase, sell or hold the relevant product(s). Investors should seek independent financial advice before making an investment decision and should consider the appropriateness of this advice in light of their own objectives, financial situation and needs. Investors should obtain a copy of, and consider the PDS or offer document before making any decision and refer to the full Zenith Product Assessment available on the Zenith website. Zenith usually charges the product issuer, fund manager or a related party to conduct Product Assessments. Full details regarding Zenith’s methodology and regulatory compliance are available on our Product Assessment’s and the Zenith website.
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