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FAQ

Daniel Chan has had a very successful career. Why does DCG exist?

Daniel loves investing and is still managing his family and his own monies. Given the preponderance of Value Investing courses, self-help groups and “boutique” value investing funds that have risen in the past decade, we recognize a thirst for an authentic value investing fund that is helmed by safe hands. DCG’s commitment is to be safe stewards for our family’s capital and yours. We invest with a process that we believe will stand the test of time.

And as partners in this journey, our commitment is that like Warren Buffett’s snowball effect, we intend to compound your capital and ours, together, for a long time to come.

Why launch new 'S' class?

The new "Singapore" class shares is based on client feedback that they want a "perfect" alignment with their interest. Some clients feel better with zero management fees and a pay "only" for performance fee structure.

Having nearly doubled our starting investors capital, we feel it is timely to open DCG to the needs of more Singaporeans. Hence the new 'S' class.

A Class and S Class shares invest in the same underlying DCG Asia Value Fund.

The new S Class is available for first subscription on 1 July 2017. Subscription forms and monies must be received two weeks before 1 July 2017 (the Dealing Date).

What are your fees?

Please find more information about our fees structure for A Class and S Class here.

Which market do you invest in?

DCG Asia Value Fund invests primarily in Asia ex Japan Equities. The Fund currently has investments in China (PRC and Hong Kong), Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

What about currency risks?

The Fund invests in multiple markets across Asia. As such, there will be exposures to risk of currency depreciation against the currency which the Fund uses to report its returns and asset values either in SGD or USD. Generally, we do not hedge out FX as it is often expensive to do so. Nevertheless, in making decisions to invest in overseas markets we expect potential capital gains to overwhelm any expected loss from currency depreciation.

Do you look at Macro economic data to allocate your investment?

We do not allocate investments to the markets based on Macro economic data, or “top-down” method. At DCG, we select stocks using bottom-up approach, focusing on the economics of the businesses. We search for values from ground up and look for absolute returns.

When do you sell stocks?

We sell stocks when:

  • Stock price is near or surpasses its intrinsic value
  • Better switch candidates come along
  • Our original investment thesis is no longer valid or fundamentals deteriorate irreparably
What is the Fund’s capacity?

The Fund’s capacity is US$500 million. We may close the Fund to new investors once this size is reached as we will not sacrifice performance for the sake of AUM growth.

How are the fund’s assets safeguarded?

The Fund’s securities are held in an MAS licensed custodian bank, currently Deutsche Bank Singapore Branch. Cash are held at the custodian bank and/or in Fixed- Deposit in tier-1 Singapore-based banks. The custodian bank will only release cash to the Fund Manager for a pre-authorised list of expenses such as management fee.

An independent portfolio administrator, Portcullis Fund Administration provides monthly independent valuation reports to all the Fund’s investors via mail or email. Similarly, the custodian bank provides a monthly statement of accounts on the assets held in favor of the Fund.

The Fund’s annual financial statements are audited by the Fund’s auditors, Ernst and Young Solutions LLP. Investors can request for the Fund’s audited financial report which has to be completed within 6 months from the Fund’s year end date (30 June).

To know more about our main service providers, please click the links below.

What are the risks in investing in the equities?

Equities (stocks and shares) investing is generally considered to be more risky compared to cash and bonds. Nevertheless, over the long term, equities have been shown to offer the prospects for higher but more volatile give superior returns. Over the years there have been periodic episodes of stock markets “crashes” like 1997 Asian Crisis, 2000 TMT bubble, 2003 SARS, 2007/8 Global Financial Crisis.

At DCG, we are less concerned with stock price volatility. Rather, we are concerned with the risk of permanent impairment of capital.

There are 4 types of major risks which contribute to the “Risk of permanent impairment of capital”.

a. Balance sheet risk –Some firms over-extend by relying on excessive borrowings which lead to cashflow problems. Others may have incurred excessive borrowings in foreign currencies, resulting in a major currency mismatch.

b. Valuation risk – overpaying for businesses. For example, investors who bought the Nikkei in 1989 when the Index was almost 40,000 probably are still nursing losses with the Index still below 20,000 27 years later.

c. Fundamental risk – a fundamental or structural change in the underlying business, it could be due to the product or services becoming obsolete or management deciding to focus on businesses which are they have little competence in. A good example would be how Nokia lost its position as a mobile phone champion to Apple and Samsung. Other famous examples are Kodak and Polariod.

d. Governance risk –Permanent impairment can also happen when one invest in companies that are involved in fraudulent activities, manipulate their financial statements or engage in activities to siphon away money from the companies into their personal pockets or relatives.

What is an accredited investor?

Definition of Accredited Investor as stipulated by the Singapore Monetary Authority can be found here.

What are the additional considerations for joint subscribers for the fund?

In the event of death of any joint subscribers, the surviving joint subscriber will assume full ownership of the participating shares of the fund.

Docs to prepare for subscription

For Singaporean / Singapore PR and Singapore tax residents only. For non-Singapore tax residents or other permutations please contact us so that we can guide you.

These are the list of docs we need for the subscription, we can assist you with the subscription forms

1) NRIC (Original)
2) Proof of residential address - utility bill/mobile bill (original - no more than 3 mths old)
3) Proof of assets or income for accredited investor status. For joint account subscribers, please show proof that each subscriber can qualify individually.
4) Cheque book (Cheque has to be from any one of the subscriber's bank account, with the name on the cheque, we do not accept 3rd party cheques)