We Care

Sub-fund of KBC Equity Fund, an open-ended investment company under Belgian law (bevek), managed by KBC Asset Management NV.

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This fund focuses on what everyone agrees is important: care and health

Taking care of yourself and others is now more important than ever, and will become even more vital in future. This fund targets the following global trends:

  • Demographic ageing: The world's population is increasing and getting older
  • Growing focus on health: Medical care and related expenses are increasing worldwide
  • Transformational technologies: Innovation and digitalisation are revolutionising all aspects of health care
  • The rise of data: Insights from big data allow the medical sector to make well-founded decisions quickly
  • Skills shortages: There is a growing demand for technical expertise and new skills in light of increasing digitalisation
  • Growing inequality: Increasing prosperity is not evenly distributed and the gap between rich and poor is widening
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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation expects that by 2050 global health-care spending will reach 15 trillion dollars, or 9.4% of the global economy.

Liesbeth Van Rompay, Health Care Analyst at KBC Asset Management

You invest in companies that benefit from the growing care and health market

These companies are active in areas such as:

  • Medication and biotech: gene therapy, regenerative medicine, personalised medicine, etc.
  • Diagnostics: self-tests, radiography, scans, etc.
  • Digital health care: online pharmacies, health apps, remote consultations, etc.
  • Medical technology: robotic surgery, glucose sensors, pacemakers, 3D prosthetics, etc.
  • Geriatric and hospital care: hospitals, residential care, dialysis centres, etc.
  • Health insurance and life insurance
  • Outsourcing of medical activities: production and testing of medicines, etc.
  • Medical supplies logistics: specialised storage and transport of medicine, etc.

Invested in a responsible manner

By opting for this responsible fund, you exert a positive influence on the world we live in. In this regard, the fund invests in companies and/or countries that contribute towards:

  • achieving specific targets relating to the environment, social issues and corporate governance (ESG) and a reduction in carbon intensity (CO2)
  • achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Companies that specialise in controversial activities (such as tobacco, gambling and weapons) are excluded.

What can you expect from this product?

  • Actively managed equity fund
  • Responsible investment
  • In euros
  • No maturity date, no capital protection, no guaranteed return
  • Redeemable on a daily basis

Risks

  • Risk-reward indicator: 6 on a scale of 1 (low risk and potentially lower return) to 7 (high risk and potentially higher return).
  • High exchange rate risk: Since investments are made in securities that are denominated in currencies other than the euro, there is a significant chance that the value of an investment could be affected by exchange rate fluctuations.
  • Average concentration risk: There is a concentration of investments in shares of companies in the pharmaceutical and health-care sectors.

Charges

  • Entry charge: 3%
  • Exit charge: None (5% but only if you sell units within a month of purchase)
  • Ongoing charges: 1.75% (factored into the net asset value)
  • Anti-dilution levy: In exceptional situations*

* If net entries and exits involve exceptionally large amounts, KBC Asset Management may decide to levy additional charges on the investors concerned (those buying or selling fund units on that day) to mitigate the negative impact on the net asset value. The size of this levy is based on the transaction charges incurred by the fund manager. Applied in very exceptional situations, this levy is in the interests of those investors remaining in the fund.

Taxes

  • Withholding tax on dividends: 30% (only for distribution units)
  • Withholding tax upon exit: None
  • Stock market tax upon exit: 1.32%, with a maximum charge of 4 000 euros (only for capitalisation units)

This tax treatment applies to individual investors subject to Belgian personal income tax and may change in the future.

Investment policy

KBC Equity Fund We Care aims to generate a return by investing primarily in shares of companies that are contributing to the medical well-being of society through their products and services, such as:

  • Production and development of medicine
  • Biotech
  • Medical technology
  • Diagnostics, symptom recognition and tests
  • Digital health care
  • Care for elderly and sick people
  • Outsourcing of medical activities
  • Distribution of medical supplies
  • Health and life insurance
  • Etc.


A current overview can be found at www.kbc.be/thematic-funds.

The fund pursues responsible investing objectives based on a dualistic approach: a negative screening and a positive selection methodology. This approach will be gradually implemented in the portfolio from 2 September 2022.

The negative screening entails that the fund may not invest in assets of companies that are excluded based on exclusion criteria (including tobacco, gambling activities and weapons). More information on the exclusion policy can be found at www.kbc.be/investment-legal-documents > Exclusion policy for Responsible Investing funds.

The positive selection methodology is a combination of portfolio targets and supporting sustainable development. Portfolio targets are based on a reduction in carbon intensity and an improvement in ESG characteristics versus its benchmark. Sustainable development is supported by investing in companies that contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. More information on the positive selection methodology and the concrete goals of the compartment can be found at www.kbc.be/investment-legal-documents > Investment policy for Responsible Investing funds.

KBC Equity Fund We Care is actively managed with reference to the following benchmark: MSCI All Countries World - Net Return Index (www.MSCI.com).

However, it is not the aim of the fund to replicate the benchmark. The composition of the benchmark is taken into account when compiling the portfolio. In line with its investment policy, the fund may not invest in all the instruments included in the benchmark. When compiling the portfolio, the manager may also decide to invest in instruments that are not included in the benchmark, or indeed not to invest in instruments that are included. Due to the above responsible investing methodology, the portfolio's composition may differ from the benchmark's.

The benchmark is also used to determine the fund's risk limitation mechanism. This limits the extent to which the fund's return may deviate from the benchmark. The long term expected tracking error for this fund is higher than 4.00%. The tracking error measures the volatility of the fund's return relative to that of the benchmark. The higher the tracking error, the more the fund's return fluctuates relative to the benchmark. Market conditions may cause the actual tracking error to differ from the expected tracking error.

KBC Equity Fund We Care may make limited use of derivatives*. This means that derivatives can be used either to help achieve the investment objectives (for instance, to increase or decrease the exposure to one or more market segments in line with the investment strategy), or to neutralise the portfolio’s sensitivity to market factors (by hedging an exchange rate risk, for example).

The fund is denominated in Euro.

The above objectives and investment policy have been taken in their entirety from the key investor Information document (KIID). Neither the capital nor the return is guaranteed or protected.

More things you need to know

This information is governed by the laws of Belgium. Please read the key investor information document and the prospectus before subscribing. Both documents are available free of charge in Dutch and English (and in French for the key investor information document) from your KBC or CBC branch or at www.kbc.be/investment-legal-documents or www.cbc.be/documentation-investissements. You will also find a summary of your rights as an investor there in Dutch, English, French and German.

The net asset value can be found on www.beama.be, in KBC Mobile or CBC Mobile.

If you have a complaint, the contact details for KBC are complaints@kbc.be, + 32 16 43 25 94 or ombudsman@ombfin.be and the contact details for CBC are gestiondesplaintes@cbc.be, + 32 81 803 163 or ombudsman@ombfin.be for CBC.

* For the complete overview of financial and economic terms, go to www.kbc.be/lexicon or www.cbc.be/lexique.

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