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22 July 2010

Dear Fellow Investor,

The Select Mortgages Option – choice for discerning investors

In recent times, we have taken many queries from investors interested to learn more about the Select Mortgages Option of the La Trobe Australian Mortgage Fund. In this edition of Investment News, we take the microscope to this outstanding investment option.

What is ‘property debt’?

The Select Mortgages Option is first and foremost an investment in “Property debt”. “Property debt” is an asset class in which investors invest in debt that is owed by a borrower and that is secured by property. In essence, investors contribute all or part of a loan to a borrower. In return, the investors receive:

  • An income stream generated by the loan repayments; and

  • Security in the form of the mortgage and/or other securities provided by the borrower.

Property debt is an ‘income-generating’ asset class, rather than a ‘capital growth’ asset class. By utilising mortgages and other types of securities, property debt also aims to provide a measure of capital stability.

In a diversified investment portfolio, income generating asset classes like property debt are frequently used to “balance” capital growth assets. Further, such asset classes often increase in importance as investors approach and then reach retirement. In such circumstances, investors often increase the proportion of their portfolio in income-generating assets so that they can preserve their capital base, whilst generating income on which they can live.

What is the Select Mortgages Option?

Although private investment in property debt has a long history in Australia, most publicity about the asset class these days tends to be about institutional investment, via superannuation funds and the like.

La Trobe’s Select Mortgages Option has been specifically designed to allow private investors to access this important asset class. In creating the Option, La Trobe has drawn on its nearly sixty years of lending and funds management experience.

How does the Select Mortgages Option work?

Even if they do not invest in the stock market, most investors are familiar with the basic principles of direct investment in shares. First, investors carefully select a specific company in which they would like to invest. This decision is often influenced by factors such as the required rate of return, the industries with which they are familiar and performance of the companies they are considering. Once the decision is made, investors then purchase shares in the company that they have chosen through a broker.

The Select Mortgages Option brings the same principles to bear for investment in property debt. Investors get to select the specific debt in which they would like to invest. As with stock market investing, this decision is influenced by the required rate of the return, the type of security property underpinning the investment and the credit history of the borrower. Once the investment decision is made, investors invest via a ‘Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement’ (“SPDS”) in the specific loan that they have identified.

How do investors select a specific property debt?

Each week, La Trobe publishes a ‘Mortgage Shopping List’ of available property debt investments. The current shopping list can be seen by clicking the link at the top of this email. It provides a range of different property debt investments across Australia.

Investors can identify which of these investments suit their personal investment objectives and then contact La Trobe’s dedicated Investor Liaison team on 1 800 818 818. Investors will then be provided with a detailed SPDS, including a full copy of the valuation report of the security property securing the borrower’s debt and a report on the credit history of the borrower.

Simply by executing and returning the SPDS, investors will have secured for themselves an investment in the specified property debt (minimum investment: $1,000). Interest rates vary from loan to loan. Speaking broadly, they tend to start at around 8% p.a.1 and increase from there.

Who might be interested in the Select Mortgages Option?

As discussed, all investors with a diversified portfolio are likely to have some exposure to income generating investment classes. These classes are likely to increase in importance to an investor as the investor nears and then reaches retirement.

The Select Mortgages Option will also be particularly attractive to active investors who like to exercise a large degree of control over their investments. Over time, these investors tend to develop a significant degree of expertise in selecting the investments that suit their own investment appetites.

How do I learn more?

To learn more about our Select Mortgages Option, please call our friendly Investor Liaison team on our toll free Investor Services number 1 800 818 818. As previously mentioned, our shopping list can be accessed from the link at the top of this email.

Best Regards
La Trobe Investment Team


La Trobe is one of Australia's leading independent specialist mortgage Financiers. Its business includes residential mortgages, commercial mortgages, and investment services operating one of Australia's largest Mortgage Funds under AFSL 222213. It employs over 115 staff and has raised over AUD$10Billion to assist over 100,000 customers since inception in 1952.

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