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Important update – fund names are changing

Since 1989, we have managed funds under the Colonial First State brand. Following the sale of our business, the names of these funds are changing to reflect our new name, First Sentier Investors.

Some funds that use the Colonial First State brand are managed by FSSA Investment Managers, and will change name to reflect the FSSA Investment Managers name. There will be further changes to the names of some funds managed by Stewart Investors. There are no changes to funds managed by Realindex Investments.

Frequently asked questions

What has changed?

Since 1989, we have managed funds under the Colonial First State brand. Following the sale of our business, the names of these funds are changing to reflect our new name, First Sentier Investors. There are also changes to products managed by our individually branded investment teams.

Why have the fund names changed?

Colonial First State Global Asset Management changed its name to First Sentier Investors in September 2019, following the change of ownership from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia to Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG).

Funds managed by First Sentier Investors now reflect the name of the global investment manager and it sub brands.

What is the relationship between First Sentier Investors, Realindex Investment, FSSA Investment Managers and Stewart Investors?

First Sentier Investors is a stand-alone asset management business and the home of investment teams FSSA Investment Managers, Realindex Investments and Stewart Investors. While the teams work with discrete investment autonomy, according to their own investment strategies and philosophies, the investment teams are united in a common commitment to responsible investment principles.

Will there be changes to funds managed by FSSA Investment Managers, Stewart Investors and Realindex Investments?

Some funds that use the Colonial First State brand are managed by FSSA Investment Managers, and will change name to reflect the FSSA Investment Managers name.

There will be further changes to the names of some funds managed by Stewart Investors.

There are no changes to funds managed by Realindex Investments.

Is anything else changing?

There is no change to investment teams or management of funds related to the change of fund names.

The latest fund information can be found in the product disclosure statement. 

Will CFS funds managed by First Sentier Investors be available on the same platforms?

Existing funds will continue to be available on all existing platforms.

Why did First Sentier Investors choose the name First Sentier Investors?

When choosing a brand name, there were a number of considerations.

  • We wanted a brand name that reflected core attributes of our personality and business philosophy
  • We wanted a brand name that had a link to our past so we could retain some of our heritage
  • We wanted a brand name that provided a smooth transition from First State Investments, the brand used by our business outside of Australia
  • We needed a brand name that was available for trademark in all jurisdictions in which we operate
  • We are required to transition to get-up / livery / logo design that is not similar to previous designs

The name First Sentier Investors met all the above criteria.

“Sentier” means path or pathway. It’s a French word, although we are pronouncing without a French accent.

We did not set out to choose a French word, or a word of any particular language, but we did set out to find a word on which we could build a differentiated brand story. The idea of walking untrodden paths, having our own perspective and seeing further ahead was very aligned to our business philosophy and the brand personality staff helped us develop. 

By choosing a slightly less known word, we can trademark it in all jurisdictions and create our own meaning over time.

Finally, we chose “Investors” ahead of Investment Management or Asset Management as we wanted an active and more widely understood word.

First Sentier Investors also abbreviates to FSI which provides a smooth transition for those markets who currently use this abbreviation. 

Why did the brand name change and the product name change happen over 12 months apart?

We transitioned fund names to align with the new brand as part of scheduled PDS updates.

Is there an ongoing relationship between First Sentier Investors and CFS?

First Sentier Investor is the appointed investment manager of a number of CFS funds. Both companies were previously owned by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Colonial First State remains as a platform provider and an important client of First Sentier Investors.

New fund names list effective late November

Australian Equities Growth

APIR code

Old fund name

New fund name

Factsheet

FSF0002AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Australian Share Fund

First Sentier Wholesale Australian Share Fund

FSF0043AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Geared Share Fund

First Sentier Wholesale Geared Share Fund

FSF0016AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Concentrated Australian Share Fund

First Sentier Wholesale Concentrated Australian Share Fund

FSF0003AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Imputation Fund

First Sentier Wholesale Imputation Fund

Small & Mid Caps

APIR code

Old fund name

New fund name

Factsheet

CMI0111AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Australian Small Companies Fund

First Sentier Wholesale Australian Small Companies Fund

FSF8777AU

Colonial First State Australian MidCap Fund - Class A

First Sentier Australian MidCap Fund

Emerging Companies

APIR code

Old fund name

New fund name

Factsheet

FSF0468AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Developing Companies Fund

First Sentier Wholesale Developing Companies Fund

FSF0469AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Future Leaders Fund

First Sentier Wholesale Future Leaders Fund

Equity Income

APIR code

Old fund name

New fund name

Factsheet

FSF1676AU

Colonial First State Equity Income Fund Class A

First Sentier Equity Income Fund

FSF0961AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Equity Income Fund

First Sentier Wholesale Equity Income Fund

FSF0694AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Target Return Income Fund

First Sentier Wholesale Target Return Income Fund

Global Listed Infrastructure

APIR code

Old fund name

New fund name

Factsheet

FSF0905AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Global Listed Infrastructure Securities Fund

First Sentier Wholesale Global Listed Infrastructure Fund

 

FSF1241AU

Colonial First State Global Listed Infrastructure Securities Fund - Class A

First Sentier Global Listed Infrastructure Fund

Global Property

APIR code

Old fund name

New fund name

Factsheet

FSF0454AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Global Property Securities Fund

First Sentier Wholesale Global Property Securities Fund

FSF0004AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Property Securities Fund

First Sentier Wholesale Property Securities Fund

FSF0892AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Geared Global Property Securities Fund

First Sentier Wholesale Geared Global Property Securities Fund

Australian Fixed Income

APIR code

Old fund name

New fund name

Factsheet

FSF0027AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Australian Bond Fund

First Sentier Wholesale Australian Bond Fund

Global Credit

APIR code

Old fund name

New fund name

Factsheet

FSF0084AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Global Credit Income Fund

First Sentier Wholesale Global Credit Income Fund

Global Fixed Income

APIR code

Old fund name

New fund name

Factsheet

FSF0039AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Diversified Fixed Interest Fund

First Sentier Wholesale Diversified Fixed Interest Fund

Short Term Investments & Cash

APIR code

Old fund name

New fund name

Factsheet

FSF0075AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Strategic Cash Fund

First Sentier Wholesale Strategic Cash Fund

APIR code

Old fund name

New fund name

Factsheet

FSF0033AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Conservative Fund

First Sentier Wholesale Conservative Fund

FSF0040AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Balanced Fund

First Sentier Wholesale Balanced Fund

FSF0008AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Diversified Fund

First Sentier Wholesale Diversified Fund

FSF0498AU

Colonial First State Wholesale High Growth Fund

First Sentier Wholesale High Growth Fund

FSF1422AU

Colonial First State Multi-Asset Real Return Fund - Class A

First Sentier Multi-Asset Real Return Fund

APIR code

Old fund name

New fund name

Factsheet

FSF1773AU

Colonial First State Asian Growth Fund – Class A

FSSA Asian Growth Fund

FSF8443AU

Colonial First State Global Emerging Markets Focus Fund – Class A

FSSA Global Emerging Markets Focus Fund

APIR code

Old fund name

New fund name

Factsheet

CMI0103AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Indexed Australian Share Fund

no change

CMI0105AU

Colonial First State Wholesale Indexed Property Securities Fund

no change

FSF0976AU

Realindex Australian Share Fund – Class A

no change

FSF0978AU

Realindex Australian Small Companies Fund – Class A

no change

FSF0974AU

Realindex Global Share Fund – Class A

no change

FSF0975AU

Realindex Global Share Hedged Fund – Class A

no change

FSF1771AU

Realindex Global Share Fund (Screened) – Class A

no change

FSF1101AU

Realindex Emerging Markets Fund – Class A

no change

APIR code

Old fund name

New fund name

Factsheet

FSF0047AU

Stewart Investors Worldwide Leaders Fund

Stewart Investors Wholesale Worldwide Leaders Sustainability Fund

FSF1295AU

Stewart Investors Wholesale Worldwide Sustainability Fund

no change

FSF1085AU

Stewart Investors Global Emerging Markets Leaders Fund

no change

FSF1675AU

Stewart Investors Wholesale Worldwide Sustainability Fund - Class A

Stewart Investors Wholesale Worldwide Sustainability Fund

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