Global Shares Income Fund
- Class A

May 2024, at a glance:
  • 5.9% distributed income2 per annum since inception¹
  • 8.4% 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 31 May 2024 unless indicated otherwise. Fund returns are after applicable fees, costs and taxes. All p.a. returns are annualised. 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 ending 31 May 2024, the Plato Global Shares Income Fund (Class A) (‘Fund’) returned a solid +2% (after fees), in line with a strong benchmark.  The Fund distributed 0.8% of income.  Since inception, the Fund has delivered +5.9% p.a. net yield from global equities, exceeding the investment objective to deliver +4% more income than the benchmark, which has yielded 1.7% p.a.

After a weak April, global equity markets posted a positive return in May, driven primarily by strong US companies, benefitting from an inflation print that fuelled the expectation of rate cuts.  The headline US indices were positive, led by the tech heavy Nasdaq (S&P 500 +4.8%, Nasdaq +6.9%).  This was reflected in the stronger return from growth companies (MSCI World Growth Index +6.3%, MSCI World Value Index +2.7%, in USD).  Information Technology was the strongest sector (+6.1%), driven by interest rate sentiment and strong results from market darling, Nvidia.  Energy was the only US sector to post negative returns in May.  Although broadly positive, European, and Asian stock markets were more mixed (Germany +3.2%, France +0.1%, Hong Kong +1.8%).  Investor sentiment followed suit in Europe, with dovish ECB commentary increasing the expectation of a rate cut from the ECB too.  Although Asia benefitted from the same themes, weak earnings numbers, from companies in the region, resulted in more modest returns.

Whilst the outlook for rate cuts supported the gold (+1.8%) price, oil (WTI -6%) fell heavily on the back of rising inventories and a rebound in production after recent weather-based disruption.  A weak USD and strong commodity prices, pushed the Aussie dollar higher (AUDUSD +2.8%), reducing the foreign returns to domestic investors when converting into AUD.

The Fund continued to generate strong excess income.  From a country perspective the drivers were the UK and US. At the sector level income came again from Financial and Industrial companies.  Stock examples of these exposures include Norwegian Industrial, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, and UK Financial, HSBC Holdings Plc.  The Plato approach invests in such companies to benefit from substantial regular and special dividends.

Dividend paying companies outperformed non dividend payers, providing a slight tailwind to the Fund.  Over this period the Funds’ largest positive contribution to active return came from exposures in the Energy and Consumer Discretionary sectors.  Despite Energy being the weakest sector, stock selection was very strong, with names including Norwegian LPG transportation business, BW LPG, posting strong numbers.  At the single stock level, significant positive contributions came from semiconductor company, NVIDIA Corp, and US clothing retailer, Abercrombie & Fitch.  AI bell weather, NVIDIA, ran in May after a strong Q1 earnings report mid-month.  Abercrombie & Fitch posted their best sales quarter ever, with strong numbers from the Hollister brand.

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

Companies mentioned are illustrative only and not a recommendation to buy or sell any particular security.

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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1 INVESTMENT RETURN OBJECTIVE • 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.
2 INVESTMENTS Global listed entities, listed futures and cash.
3 BENCHMARK MSCI World ex Australia, Net Returns Unhedged Index.
4 INVESTMENT APPROACH • An equity long-only approach.
• Managed specifically for tax exempt investors such as pension phase retirees/SMSFs and charities.
• Taking advantage of income opportunities such as special dividends and targeting capital appreciation
through dividend run up.
• Pays monthly distribution, subject to the Fund having sufficient distributable income.
5 PORTFOLIO ALLOCATION • Minimum of 90% invested in global listed entities and futures.
• Maximum of 10% invested in cash, although the Fund is intended to be fully invested with cash
held for liquidity purposes.
6 INVESTMENT TIMEFRAME Medium to long term, being 3 to 5 years.
7 MANAGEMENT COSTS 0.85% p.a. (inclusive of the net effect of GST and RITC).
8 BUY/SELL SPREAD +0.30%/-0.30%.
9 MINIMUM INVESTMENT • Indirect investors: refer to the operator of your service.

• Direct investors: minimum initial investment $15,000.
10 RISK/RETURN PROFILE This product is likely to be appropriate for a consumer seeking regular income to be used as a small allocation
within a portfolio where the consumer has a minimum investment timeframe of 3-5 years, and a high
risk/return profile.

For more information or older versions, please contact Pinnacle Investment Management Limited:

1300 010 311 or email


This communication is prepared by Plato Investment Management Limited (‘Plato’) (ABN 77 120 730 136, AFSL 504616) as the investment manager of the Plato Global Shares Income Fund (ARSN 608 130 838) (‘Fund’). Pinnacle Fund Services Limited (‘PFSL’) (ABN 29 082 494 362, AFSL 238371) is the product issuer of the Fund. PFSL is not licensed to provide financial product advice. PFSL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Pinnacle Investment Management Group Limited (‘Pinnacle’) (ABN 22 100 325 184). The Product Disclosure Statement (‘PDS’) and Target Market Determination (‘TMD’) of the Fund are available via the links below. Any potential investor should consider the PDS and TMD before deciding whether to acquire, or continue to hold units in, the Fund.
Link to the Product Disclosure Statement
Link to the Target Market Determination
For historic TMD’s please contact Pinnacle client service Phone 1300 010 311 or Email
This communication is for general information only. It is not intended as a securities recommendation or statement of opinion intended to influence a person or persons in making a decision in relation to
investment. It has been prepared without taking account of any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Any persons relying on this information should obtain professional advice before doing so.
Past performance is for illustrative purposes only and is not indicative of future performance.
Whilst Plato, PFSL and Pinnacle believe the information contained in this communication is reliable, no warranty is given as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness and persons relying on this information
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The Zenith Investment Partners (ABN 27 103 132 672, AFS Licence 226872) (“Zenith”) rating (assigned Plato Global Shares Income Fund (Class A) – November 2022) referred to in this piece is limited to “General Advice” (s766B 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, including target markets of financial products, where applicable, and is subject to change at any time without prior notice. 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. Past performance is not an indication of future performance. Zenith usually charges the product issuer, fund manager or related party to conduct Product Assessments. Full details regarding Zenith’s methodology, ratings definitions and regulatory compliance are available on our Product Assessments and at Fund Research Regulatory Guidelines.

The Lonsec Rating (Plato Global Shares Income Fund (Class A) assigned May 2024) presented in this document is published by Lonsec Research Pty Ltd ABN 11 151 658 561 AFSL 421 445. The Rating is limited to “General Advice” (as defined in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)) and based solely on consideration of the investment merits of the financial product(s). Past performance information is for illustrative purposes only and is not indicative of future performance. It is not a recommendation to purchase, sell or hold Plato product(s), and you should seek independent financial advice before investing in this product(s). The Rating is subject to change without notice and Lonsec assumes no obligation to update the relevant document(s) following publication. Lonsec receives a fee from the Fund Manager for researching the product(s) using comprehensive and objective criteria. For further information regarding Lonsec’s Ratings methodology, please refer to our website at:

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