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The fund aims to achieve capital growth by investing in a relatively concentrated portfolio of continental European equities. The fund has a multi-cap approach but is tilted towards larger companies. Managers Dave Dudding and Mark Nichols look for high quality companies, defined as those with strong competitive advantages such as barriers to entry, leading to consistent above average growth in their sales and profits. Stocks are typically held for a long period, with the managers selling only when their investment case has materially changed.
|Sector||Europe Excluding UK|
|Standard initial charge||3.00%|
|Initial charge via Bestinvest||0.00%|
|Additional bid/offer spread||0.00%|
|Annual management charge||0.75%|
|Ongoing charges figure||0.83%|
Before investing make sure you have understood the risks relevant to the fund by reviewing our Risk Warnings section. Further information on the risks are contained in the fund's Key Investor Information Document, which we make available to you before you make a decision to invest, alternatively it is available on request.
Over the cycle Dudding has demonstrated his ability to pick stocks and deliver impressive returns for investors. His investment process was developed over a long period running the Threadneedle European Smaller Companies fund, but his success on the European Select fund since 2008 shows he is equally adept at investing in large cap stocks. Dudding focuses on high quality companies which tend to have relatively stable earnings and hence share prices. As a result the fund typically displays some defensive characteristics, with lower volatility than the market as a whole and offering a degree of protection from falling markets. Mark Nichols joined the fund as co-manager in July 2016.
|High yield bonds||0|
Starting from a 1,500 company investable universe, ideas are generated by the European equity and broader teams which work closely together. The process includes macro and thematic overlays, quantitative screens and company meetings. Despite the top-down elements, stock research is primarily bottom-up. Dudding looks for excellent quality global companies which have pricing power and therefore high and sustainable long term returns, as he believes these are often mispriced by the market. He analyses companies through the Porter Five Forces framework to assess their business models and competitive advantages. Stocks tend to enter the portfolio with high conviction. The active share tends to be high, and the top ten holdings typically account for around 50% of the portfolio. Risk control is one of the key elements of the process, and risk is primarily controlled through the quality check. The fund typically has high weightings in the consumer discretionary and pharmaceutical sectors, with strong brands and patents respectively. By contrast, there are few holdings in the oil & gas, financials and utility sectors, where there is little pricing power.
|Fund data updated on||26/09/17|
|High yield bonds||0|
As at: 31/07/2017
5.5% Unilever Nv
5% Relx Nv
3.9% Anheuser-Busch Inbev Sa/Nv
3.9% Fresenius Medical Care Ag & Co.kgaa
3.4% Ryanair Hldgs
3.2% Dassault Systemes Sa
3.2% Imcd Nv
45-60 stocks. Expected tracking error (ex ante) 3% to 8% p.a. Max cash 5%.
Stock positions within +/-5% of benchmark weight and unlikely to exceed 7%. There are no set country/sector maximum or minimum weights.
The portfolio usually has very little commonality with the benchmark and so performance can be expected to differ markedly on occasions.
|Average monthly relative returns||Bestinvest MRI|
|12/13||13/14||14/15||15/16||16/17||3 years||5 years||Career||3 years||5 years||Career|
|Performance figures are based on the average of monthly percentage returns relative to the benchmark index.|
Dudding is a portfolio manager on Threadneedle's European equity team. He joined the company as an analyst in 1999 and took control of the European Smaller Companies fund in 2002 which he ran until 2013. In 2008 he also took control of the European Select fund which he still manages. After graduating in 1993, he spent three years working for a British conglomerate in Hong Kong. Upon his return to the UK he worked as a financial journalist, before returning to Oxford to study for a masters degree in European Politics. Dudding graduated from Wadham College, Oxford University, in 1993 with a degree in modern history. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Nichols joined Columbia Threadneedle Investments as a Portfolio Manager and Analyst within the European equities team in 2015.
The track record of David Dudding / Mark Nichols in managing mutual funds in this sector is still too short for us to draw any meaningful conclusions and so our assessment is based largely on qualitative aspects.
|Periods of worst performance|
|Absolute||-4% (October 2016 - November 2016)|
|Relative||-8% (July 2016 - January 2017)|
Our unique indicator: the Bestinvest Manager Record Index (MRI) measures the likelihood that the fund manager is adding value through their decisions. It is based on their performance record over the course of their career, adjusted for the amount of risk taken. MRI is an important contributor to our fund rating system but it is also vital to take account of qualitative factors. It is also very important to select funds to form a cohesive portfolio with an appropriate overall risk level.