Allan Gray Money Market Fund

Preservation and accessibility over the very short term

The Money Market Fund’s goal is to maintain the value of your investment, allowing you to access your money whenever you need it, while generating a sound level of income. We target returns higher than a bank deposit, and performance is measured against the Alexander Forbes Short-Term Fixed Interest (STeFI) Composite Index.

While this is a very low risk parking place for your money, it is not entirely risk free. Losses can occur if one of the issuers of an instrument we invest in defaults. Returns from this unit trust may not keep up with inflation, which means that the value of your investment may decline in real terms over time.

The Money Market Fund is suitable for you if:

  • You need a high level of stability and you seek higher returns than bank deposits
  • You only want to invest for about one year

Annualised Returns

as at  31 October 2021

Benchmark: The Alexander Forbes Short Term Fixed Interest (STeFI) Composite Index. Since inception to 31 March 2003, the benchmark was the Alexander Forbes 3-Month Deposit Index. From 1 April 2003 to 31 October 2011 the benchmark was the Domestic Fixed Interest Money Market Collective Investment Scheme sector excluding the Allan Gray Money Market Fund.

Annualised returns: This is a way of reporting the return earned over a period as a percentage per year. Although the figure stated implies that the same percentage return was delivered every year, the actual return in each year may have been more or less than the reported figure, depending on the unit trust’s volatility. Annualised performance reporting simplifies comparison across different time periods and across different types of investments.

To view the current and historic yields for the Allan Gray Money Market Fund, go to the Performance tab on our Latest prices, factsheets and performance page.

Risk measures

as at  31 October 2021

Maximum drawdown (%)
Highest annual return (%)
Lowest annual return (%)

Investment strategy

To achieve the Money Market Fund’s goal, we invest in selected money market instruments issued by government, corporates and banks. We select investments based on our analysis of interest rates, inflation and Reserve Bank policy. We typically hold investments until they mature and we take a conservative approach to credit risk.

Asset allocation

as at  31 October 2021

Income distributions

Cents per unit

What are the costs?

All the Money Market Fund’s expenses, including the investment management fee, are deducted before performance figures are calculated. There are no separate or additional costs. The total investment charge is broken down below:


Investment management fee1


Benchmark performance4


Out- or underperformance5


Other expenses2




Total expense ratio (TER)3


Transaction costs


Total investment charge

1 Investment management fees are charged for the investment manager’s investment research and decision-making. 

2 This includes audit fees, taxes and other administration costs.

3 This is a measure of the actual costs that have been deducted from the unit trust over the past three years to 30 September 2021 (annualised).

4 The fee charged for benchmark performance. 

5 The portion of the investment management fee that is charged for performance above the benchmark performance.  

The investment management fee

A fixed fee of 0.25% excluding VAT is charged on an ongoing basis.

Note: There may be slight discrepancies in the totals due to rounding.

Important information for investors

The Allan Gray Money Market Fund is not a bank deposit account. The unit trust aims to maintain a constant price of 100 cents per unit. The total return an investor receives is made up of interest received and any gain or loss made on instruments held by the unit trust. While capital losses are unlikely, they can occur if, for example, one of the issuers of an instrument defaults. In this event investors may lose some of their capital. To maintain a constant price of 100 cents per unit, investors’ unit holdings will be reduced to the extent of such losses. The yield is calculated according to ASISA standards. Excessive withdrawals from the unit trust may place it under liquidity pressure; if this happens withdrawals may be ring-fenced and managed over a period of time. Collective Investment Schemes in Securities (unit trusts) are generally medium- to long-term investments. Past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance. The Management Company does not provide any guarantee regarding the capital or the performance of its unit trusts. Unit trusts may be closed to new investments at any time in order for them to be managed according to their mandates. Unit trusts are traded at ruling prices and can engage in borrowing and scrip lending.

Performance figures are provided by Allan Gray and are for lump sum investments with income distributions reinvested. Actual investor performance may differ as a result of the investment date, the date of reinvestment and dividend withholding tax. Movements in exchange rates may also be the cause of the value of underlying international investments going up or down. Unit trust prices are calculated on a net asset value basis, which is the total market value of all assets in the unit trust including any income accruals and less any permissible deductions from the unit trust, divided by the number of units in issue. Forward pricing is used and unit trust valuations take place at approximately 16:00 each business day. Purchase and redemption requests must be received by 14:00 each business day to receive that day’s price. Unit trust prices are available daily on our prices page. Permissible deductions may include management fees, brokerage, Securities Transfer Tax (STT), auditor’s fees, bank charges and trustee fees. A schedule of fees, charges and maximum commissions is available on request from the Management Company.

The total expense ratio (TER) is the percentage of the unit trust's average assets under management that has been used to pay the unit trust's operating expenses over the past year. The TER includes the annual management fees that have been charged (both the fee at benchmark and any performance component charged), trading costs (including brokerage, STT, STRATE and FSB Investor Protection Levy), VAT and other expenses. Since unit trust expenses vary, the current TER cannot be used as an indication of future TERs. The unit trust’s performance figures are quoted after the deduction of costs incurred within the unit trust so the TER is not a new cost. A higher TER ratio does not necessarily imply a poor return, nor does a low TER imply a good return. Instead, when investing, the investment objective of the unit trust should be aligned with the investor’s objective and compared against the performance of the unit trust. TERs should then be used to evaluate whether the unit trust performance offers value for money.

While this Fund has been approved for marketing to the public in Botswana, by the Regulatory Authority of Botswana, the Fund is not supervised or licensed in Botswana. It is a registered collective investment scheme portfolio, registered, approved and regulated by the South African Financial Services Board. The Facilities Agent for the Fund in Botswana is Allan Gray (Botswana) (Proprietary) Limited at Plot 545354, 2nd Floor, Building 2, Central Square, New CBD, Gaborone, Botswana where investors can obtain a trust deed and financial reports.

In accordance with section 11(i) of the Botswana Income Tax act (Chapter 52; 01), an amount accrued to any person shall be deemed to have accrued from a source situated in Botswana where it has accrued to such person in respect of any investment made outside Botswana by a resident of Botswana; provided that section 11 (i) shall not apply to foreign investment income of non-citizens resident in Botswana. Botswana residents who have invested in the shares of the Fund are therefore required to declare income earned from this Fund when preparing their annual tax returns.


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