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Hanoi (VNA) - Open-end funds operating in Vietnam have recorded a positive 2016 with rate of returns of some funds outperforming the growth of the benchmark VN-Index on the HCM Stock Exchange.

The VN-Index closed last year up 14.8 percent over December 31, 2015. This is the general profitability of the market but actual earnings depended on the portfolios of investors.

Open-end funds were among few traders who beat the growth of the Index in 2016.

SSI Sustainable Competitive Advantage Fund (SSI-SCA) reported the highest growth rate in net asset value (NAV) of 24.3 percent as of January 5, 2017, its best result since it began operating in 2014.

The fund, managed by SSI Asset Management Co Ltd, focuses on investments in companies with sustainable competitive advantages and fixed income assets.

According to the fund’s November report, four top holdings of the funds accounted for 33.2 percent of its total portfolio, including steelmaker Hoa Phat Group (HPG), 13.7 percent; Dabaco Group (DBC), 8.7 percent; dairy firm Vinamilk (VNM), 5.9 percent; and Coteccons Construction JSC (CTD), 4.9 percent.

Except Vinamilk which declined 2 percent, the other three stocks posted big gains last year with price rises of between 19 percent and 50 percent, of which HPG and DBC increased 50 percent and 41 percent, respectively by the end of December.

The second most profitable fund in 2016 was a fund managed by VietFund, Vietnam Securities Investment Fund (VFMVF1), with NAV growth of around 23 percent last year, as quoted by Bloomberg.

Its top holdings also included large-cap stocks like Vinamilk, software producer FPT Corp (FPT), PetroVietnam Nhon Trach 2 Power JSC (NT2), Dabaco Group and Hoa Phat Group (HPG).

The other two funds which outperformed the VN-Index were Vietnam Blue Chips Fund (VFMVF4) a 20 percent, and VCBF Blue Chip Fund (VCBF) at 19.5 percent.

Six of the 10 Vietnam-based open-end funds also performed well last year, though their growth was below the VN-Index expansion, with NAV increases of between 10 percent and 17 percent.

The average NAV growth of these 10 funds reached 17.5 percent in 2016.

These figures have shown that investing in open-end funds brought higher returns compared to depositing in banks or self-investments. In fact, not many individual investors can outperform the market indices as the factors such as allocation of shares, holding period or time of purchase/sale decide profit margins of investors.-VNA