08 December 2011

Dear Investor,


For the third year in a row La Trobe Financial's Pooled Mortgages Option (“PMO”) has been recognised as the 'Best Mortgage Fund in Australia' by respected financial journal, Money magazine.

This coveted award recognises the outstanding returns that the PMO provides for investors (currently 7.80% per annum). It also reflects the PMO's flawless track record through an extremely difficult time for the investment industry generally.

This award caps off a tremendous year for La Trobe Financial. Some other highlights include:

  • 'Most Innovative Fund' award at the Melbourne Financial Services Symposium in March;

  • 4 star rating for PMO from Standard & Poor's in May - making it Australia's only four star rated mortgage fund;

  • Recommended rating from Zenith Investment Partners in October - the highest rating awarded to a mortgage fund in Australia; and

  • PMO Funds under management increased from $108.7m to $145.4m with total funds under management increasing from $367.0m to $454.3m (end of November).

What are the Pooled Mortgages Option's key features?

  1. Consistently outstanding returns1: The Pooled Mortgage Option has performed consistently strongly over the full interest rate cycle and has outperformed the peer group and benchmark over all applicable time periods (1, 3, 5 and 7 years) as noted below:

  2. Source: Australian Financial Review 7 December 2011; Morningstar

  3. Reliability1: investors in the Pooled Mortgages Option want the reliability of monthly income distributions, with stable access to their money at the end of their investment. La Trobe Financial provides this in spades. The Option has never missed a distribution payment and has never had to freeze redemptions. What's more, no investor in our Pooled Mortgages Option has ever lost a cent.

  4. Expertise: La Trobe Financial has nearly 60 years' experience as a fund manager and mortgage lender. This gives us the edge in identifying the proper assets in which to invest. It also teaches us that there are good times and bad times and a good mortgage fund needs to be structured to thrive in both. Our record in the recent past shows that we have learnt this lesson well1.

Independent Reviews

The Pooled Mortgages Option has been reviewed by:

  • Standard & Poor's (4 star rating out of 5)4

  • Zenith Investment Partners (Recommend rating)7

  • SQM/Adviser Edge (3.75 star rating out of 5) - new rating pending3

You can access the independent research reports from Standard & Poor's, Zenith and SQM/Adviser Edge from our website or call our Investor Liaison desk 1800 818 818 to request a copy of the reports.

The awards are featured in Money Magazine's latest release (December 2011 - January 2012) available now.

Read La Trobe Financial's press release about this award

Best regards,
Chris Andrews

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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 145 staff and has raised over AUD$10Billion to assist over 100,000 customers since inception in 1952.

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La Trobe Financial Asset Management Limited ABN: 27 007 332 363 and AFSL No: 222213 is the issuer and manager of the La Trobe Australian Mortgage Fund. It is important for you to read the Product Disclosure Statement for the Fund before you make any investment decision. The PDS is available on our website www.latrobefinancial.com.au or by calling 1800 818 818. You should consider carefully whether or not investing in the Fund is appropriate for you.
* The rates of return from the Fund are not guaranteed and are determined by future revenue of the Fund, and may achieve lower than expected returns. Past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Investors risk losing some or all of their principal investment.
- Withdrawal rights are subject to liquidity and may be delayed or suspended.
- The award and ratings were given to the Pooled Mortgages Option within the La Trobe Australian Mortgage Fund.
The rating is only one factor to be taken into account in deciding to invest.
1. Zenith's "recommended" rating indicates that it has high confidence in the manager meeting its objectives. The Zenith. Investment Partners ("Zenith") ABN 60 332 047 314 rating referred to in this document is limited to "General Advice" (as defined by section 766B of Corporations Act 2001) and based solely on the assessment of the investment merits of the financial product on this basis. It is not a specific recommendation to purchase, sell or hold the relevant product (S), and Zenith advises that individual investors should seek their own independent financial advice before investing in this product. To view the relevant research information, please visit www.latrobefinancial.com.au The rating is subject to change without notice and Zenith has no obligation to update this document following publication. Zenith usually receives a fee for rating the fund manager and product against accepted criteria considered comprehensive and objective.
2. Standard and Poor's (4 Stars - Research Rating) "The S&P rating of 4 out of a possible 5 stars indicates that Standard & Poor's has high conviction that the manager will consistently generate risk-adjusted fund returns in excess of its relevant investment objectives and relative to its peers. Ratings are subject to change. To view the latest research information please visit www.standardandpoors.com.au. Ratings issued by Standard & Poor's Information Services (Australia) Pty Ltd AFS Licence No. 258896 are solely statements of opinion and not statements of fact or recommendations to purchase, hold or sell any securities or make any other investment decisions. Research houses receive a fee from La Trobe Financial for rating the product."
3. SQM Research - 4 stars to 4.25 stars - superior, suitable for inclusion on most Approved Product Lists. To view the relevant research information, please visit www.latrobefinancial.com.au This rating will not take into account your, or your clients' objectives, financial situation or needs. It is up to investors to consider whether specific financial products are suitable for your objectives, financial situation or needs. Research houses receive a fee from La Trobe Financial for rating the product.
4. Lipper Leaders Rating Total Return (Score – 5) Lipper Ratings for Total Return reflect funds’ historical return performance relative to peers. The ratings are subject to change every month. The highest 20% of funds in each peer group are named Lipper Leader or a score of 5 for Total Return. Lipper Leader ratings are not intended to predict future results and does not guarantee the accuracy of this information. More information is available at www.lipperweb.com. Thomson Reuters Copyright, All Rights Reserved.