Kempen (Lux) Euro Government Fund - Class J

Profile

Kempen International Funds SICAV – Kempen (Lux) Euro Government Fund (the Fund) is designed and managed to provide the cornerstone investment to a large variety of investment portfolios. The objective of this actively managed fund is both capital protection as well as a potential upside for the investor. The Fund invests in fixed income euro denominated securities issued by governments, and by government related entities of the countries included in the Euro Government Index. These countries are all members of the Eurozone with an investment grade rating.

The Sub-Fund may also invest in bonds guaranteed by public European bodies provided that these entities have an investment grade Rating. The Fund aims to achieve a better long-term total return than its benchmark, the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Euro Government Index (the benchmark).

Management team

Hans Kamminga, Kim Lubbers

Performance per 2019-07-31 (rebased)

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Performance per 2019-07-31

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  Fund Benchmark
1 month 1.6 % 1.7 %
3 months 4.9 % 5.1 %
This year 7.5 % 7.8 %
2016 3.7 % 4.0 %
2017 0.3 % -0.4 %
2018 -0.0 % 1.0 %
1 year (on annual basis) 7.8 % 8.6 %
3 years (on annual basis) i 1.6 % 1.6 %
5 years (on annual basis) i 3.0 % 3.4 %
Since inception (on annual basis) i 3.9 % 4.2 %
Before 1 August 2017 the Fund had a different name and investment policy: Kempen (Lux) Euro High Grade Government Fund and was allowed to only invest in bonds issued by Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France and Finland. On 28 February 2013, Kempen Euro High Grade Pool (KEHGP) was moved to Luxembourg and renamed Kempen (Lux) Euro High Grade Government Fund (the Fund). Up to 28 February 2013 the performance graph and performance table show the performance of KEHGP. Performance is shown after deduction of ongoing charges and including the reinvestment of dividend that has been paid out. The value of your investments may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.
More information can be found on the documents page of this fund

Key figures

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Total fund size
EUR 128.40 M 2019-07-31
Share class size
EUR 44.65 M 2019-07-31
Number of shares
35,526 2019-07-31
Net Asset Value i
EUR 1,276.27 2019-08-20
Morningstar rating â„¢

Fund characteristics per 2019-07-31

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  Fund Benchmark
Number of holdings 96 369
Duration i 7.8 8.3
Yield to maturity 0.2 % 0.1 %
Kempen (Lux) Euro Government Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.

Market developments per 2019-07-31

The downward trend in bond yields persisted in July. German 10-year government bond yields declined to a new record low of -0.44%, while their US counterparts remained reasonably stable in July. This can largely be attributed to worse than expected economic indicators and the more expansionary-minded tone adopted by central banks. Economic indicators in the Eurozone continue to be worse than expected. Manufacturing data from Germany and corporate sentiment have now dropped to six-year lows.

The European Central Bank (ECB) decided to keep its policy interest rates unchanged, but it has paved the way for further stimulation. It announced that interest rates would remain at their current level or even lower until mid-2020. The market expects the ECB to cut its rates by 10 basis points in September. Furthermore, the ECB is to explore other stimulatory options, such as restarting its bond-buying programme, in order to stop inflation forecasts falling further. Spreads on corporate bonds, European government bonds and government-related paper tightened in response to this news. Constructive talks between Italy and the European Commission on Rome’s fiscal policy were an additional bonus for European investors. The Italian government has again adjusted its budget for 2019 and this removes the threat of an excessive deficit procedure that was hanging over Italy’s head.

The US central bank (Fed) cut its policy interest rate by 0.25% on 31 July and announced it would no longer reduce its balance sheet from August. Yet there were investors who had hoped for a cut of 0.50%. Powell described the move as a mid-cycle adjustment, which suggests it is not the first in a series of cuts. Moreover, the decision was not unanimous. Two central bankers voted against and had argued in favour of keeping the policy interest rate unchanged.

After receiving two-thirds of the votes, Boris Johnson was elected as the new leader of the UK’s Tory party and therefore prime minister. He needs to get Brexit done in just over 100 days. He is clearly pro-Brexit, but his economic and tax policies once the UK has left the European Union are less well defined. Johnson’s appointment increases both the risk of a hard Brexit and of another general election.

Portfolio developments per 2019-07-31

The decline in German government bond yields had a negative effect on the relative performance due to the portfolio’s underweight in sensitivity to interest rates versus the benchmark. Inflation forecasts were pushed upwards after the ECB announced at its meeting that it would apply a symmetrical inflation target rather than inflation of just below two percent. This contributed positively to the performance. Positions in Spain, Finland, Austria and government-related institutions contributed positively to the return. Irish spreads widened after the election of Boris Johnson; our overweight in Ireland made a negative contribution.

The portfolio is positioned for higher bond yields and tighter spreads. The much worse than expected growth forecasts and the willingness of central banks to pursue expansionary monetary policies were not our central scenario, but these have had a significant impact on the financial markets. A great deal of negative news has already been priced in with the interest rate cuts of 20bps from the ECB and 100bps from the Fed. The risk of substantially higher bond yields has been shifted to a future date. A number of positions, set up to profit from the tighter spreads versus Germany, are close to the levels at which we are inclined to take profit.
Kempen (Lux) Euro Government Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.

Performance per 2019-07-31 (rebased)

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Performance per 2019-07-31

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  Fund Benchmark
1 month 1.6 % 1.7 %
3 months 4.9 % 5.1 %
This year 7.5 % 7.8 %
2016 3.7 % 4.0 %
2017 0.3 % -0.4 %
2018 -0.0 % 1.0 %
1 year (on annual basis) 7.8 % 8.6 %
3 years (on annual basis) i 1.6 % 1.6 %
5 years (on annual basis) i 3.0 % 3.4 %
Since inception (on annual basis) i 3.9 % 4.2 %
Before 1 August 2017 the Fund had a different name and investment policy: Kempen (Lux) Euro High Grade Government Fund and was allowed to only invest in bonds issued by Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France and Finland. On 28 February 2013, Kempen Euro High Grade Pool (KEHGP) was moved to Luxembourg and renamed Kempen (Lux) Euro High Grade Government Fund (the Fund). Up to 28 February 2013 the performance graph and performance table show the performance of KEHGP. Performance is shown after deduction of ongoing charges and including the reinvestment of dividend that has been paid out. The value of your investments may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.

Dividends

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Distributing
Yes
Last dividend
EUR 24.00
Ex-date last dividend
2019-01-21
Number of distributions per year
1
Dividend calendar
Kempen (Lux) Euro Government Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.

Maturity profile (2019-07-31)

Fund
Benchmark
35.4 %
> 10 year
32.2 %
20.3 %
7-10 year
17.8 %
18.5 %
3-5 year
17.1 %
16.9 %
0-3 year
18.5 %
8.7 %
5-7 year
14.3 %
0.2 %
Cash
0.0 %
Total
100 %
100 %

Top 10 holdings (2019-07-31)

4.6 %
0.350% Italie 2016-21
3.8 %
2.750% Spanje 2014-24
3.7 %
2.375% Heta Asset Resolut 2012-23
3.2 %
1.850% Italie 2017-24
3.1 %
1.450% Italie 2015-22
2.4 %
1.350% Ierland 2018-31
2.3 %
1.850% Frankrijk I/L 2011-27
2.3 %
4.750% Italie 2008-23
2.3 %
2.200% Italie 2017-27
2.2 %
0.750% Oostenrijk 2018-28
Total
29.9 %

Geographic allocation (2019-07-31)

23.7 %
Italy
15.1 %
Spain
14.9 %
France
10.9 %
Austria
7.4 %
Germany
5.5 %
Netherlands
5.0 %
Ireland
4.7 %
European M.C.F.
4.4 %
Slovenia
3.9 %
Belgium
2.1 %
Portugal
1.5 %
Finland
0.9 %
Luxembourg
0.2 %
Cash
Total
100 %
Kempen (Lux) Euro Government Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.

Ongoing charges

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Management fee i
0.20 %
Service fee i
0.07 %
Taxe d'abonnement i
0.01 %
Expected ongoing charges i
0,28 %

Other costs

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Upward swing factor i
0.05 %
Downward swing factor i
0.05 %
Kempen (Lux) Euro Government Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.

Share class details

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Share class
J
Investor type
Institutional
Distributing
Yes
Benchmark i
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Euro Government Index
Duration hedged
No
Investment category
Government bonds
Universum
Government bonds in euro
Inception date
2013-02-28
Domicile
Luxembourg
May be offered to professional investors only in
Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, The Netherlands
UCITS status i
Yes
Status
Open-end i
Base currency
EUR
Share class currency
EUR
Management company
Kempen Capital Management N.V.
Depositary and custodian
J.P. Morgan Bank Luxembourg S.A.
Morningstar rating â„¢

Tradability

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Minimum subscription
Initial subscription: €50,000, additional subscriptions: €10,000
Listed
no
Subscription/Redemption Frequency
Daily
ISIN i
LU0880056436
Kempen (Lux) Euro Government Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.
Kempen (Lux) Euro Government Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.

Kempen's vision and mission

Kempen Capital Management is an asset manager that believes in stewardship and investment focusing on the long-term for the benefit of all stakeholders. Value creation is at the heart of the services we provide to our clients. We believe that being an engaged shareholder on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and retaining a long-term focus, is critical to helping our clients to preserve and create sustainable wealth that has positive real world impact and economic returns.

Kempen wide approach to responsible investment

We are committed to create sustainable alpha. The four pillars of our ESG-policy are:

  • ESG integration: Ensuring sustainability risks and opportunities are adequately considered in our investment analysis and processes.

  • Exclusion & avoidance: Not investing in companies involved in controversial activities or conduct.

  • Active ownership: Being responsible stewards of our clients’ capital and using our influence through engagement and voting to improve corporate behaviour on specific ESG issues and achieve positive change

  • Positive impact: Investing with an objective to achieve positive real world outcomes and impact, such as contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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To put our mission and vision into practice we engage with our investee companies on a wide array of strategic, financial, and ESG topics. As an active owner we use our influence to improve our investee companies’ ESG performance.  This helps us address some of the most pressing and important sustainability issues facing business and the world. Our focus themes for engagement are: human rights, labour rights, climate change and governance.

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Through collaboration with other investors and industry think tanks we contribute to the development of principles and standards of corporate responsibility both at sector levels, as well as investee company level.

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Our full voting records are available here.

OUR FUND APPROACH TO RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT

The ESG policy is fully implemented into the investment process of the Euro Government Strategy, with the key pillars in our approach being: Exclusion and ESG integration.

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1.   Exclusion

The fund follows the clear and transparent exclusion framework developed by Kempen. This includes exclusions for controversial weapon producers and the screening out of countries and companies based on UN Global Compact criteria. Such exclusions are reviewed as part of a quarterly process.

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2.    ESG integration

ESG analysis is undertaken both pre-investment and as part of our portfolio monitoring activities. Portfolio managers perform an in-depth analysis of ESG data, and ESG risks and opportunities are taken into account when selecting and monitoring governments and government-related issuers.

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First, as shown in the figure on the right side, ESG factors are a crucial part of the fundamental analysis used to generate a country score. The relative country valuation process includes several fundamental qualitative indicators covering each section of ESG. The portfolio managers assess the materiality of the ESG issue and its implications for the credit profile of the issuer.

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Second, the fund performs a quarterly screening using research provided by MSCI ESG. Kempen’s Responsible Investment team conducts the screening, and a review of the ESG ratings of bonds in the portfolio along with discussions on ESG rating developments are conducted by the Euro Government team.

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The following items are discussed on a quarterly basis:

• A review of the ESG ratings of bonds in the portfolio;

• A discussion on any developments / changes in the ESG ratings;

• Screening for controversies using MSCI ESG research;

• Exclusions, as detailed above.

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Finally, we are an active player in the market of green bonds and have a green bond policy which outlines the guidelines we adhere to defining a green bond. The Euro Government strategy will invest in green bonds rather than a ‘normal bond’ if the two bonds have the same risk/return characteristics.

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Although Kempen Capital Management N.V.’s information providers, including without limitation, MSCI ESG Research LLC and its affiliates (the “ESG Parties”), obtain information from sources they consider reliable, none of the ESG Parties warrants or guarantees the originality, accuracy and/or completeness of any data herein. None of the ESG Parties makes any express or implied warranties of any kind, and the ESG Parties hereby expressly disclaim all warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, with respect to any data herein. None of the ESG Parties shall have any liability for any errors or omissions in connection with any data herein. Further, without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall any of the ESG Parties have any liability for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, consequential or any other damages (including lost profits) even if notified of the possibility of such damages.

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Disclaimer
Kempen (Lux) Euro Government Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.