Matthews Asia has bolstered its Luxembourg-domiciled UCITS fund range by launching a new Matthews Asia ex Japan Dividend Fund.
The fund aims to generate an attractive total return by investing in companies that provide stable dividend income as well as companies that are positioned to grow future dividends.
The new strategy, which will be co-managed by Yu Zhang and Robert Horrocks, will benefit from both the size of the dividend pool in Asia as well as its attractive dividend growth rate.
The Matthews Asia ex Japan Dividend fund will adopt the similar investment approach as the Matthews Asia Dividend strategy, which the firm has launched in 2006 as a US mutual fund.
Yu Zhang said: "Compared to many Asian equity income funds that predominantly focus on high-yielding stocks, our approach is to invest in companies that offer both attractive current yields as well as companies that offer the potential for future dividend growth.
"Based on our experience managing dividend portfolios in Asia for the past decade, we believe this approach is an effective way to generate income while providing the potential for consistent returns with reduced volatility."
Matthews Asia head of global business development Jonathan Schuman said: "The Matthews Asia ex Japan Dividend Fund meets the market demand for an Asia ex-Japan income product through an investment approach that has served our clients well over the course of multiple market cycles."