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This fund aims to maximise capital growth whilst also providing enough income to meet the yield requirement of the IA UK Equity Income sector (a yield 10% above that of the UK stockmarket). Manager Richard Colwell invests predominantly in large and mid-cap UK equities, forming his portfolios through a combination of macro-economic themes and fundamental stock analysis. He tends to take a fairly balanced approach, unlike certain peer group funds which can be more aggressively or defensively positioned.
|Sector||UK Equity Income|
|Dividends paid||7 Feb, 7 May, 7 Aug, 7 Nov|
|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||0.82%|
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.
This is a core fund for equity income investors. Colwell takes a “plain vanilla” approach, investing purely in UK stocks, shunning derivatives and avoiding the strong style biases that we sometimes see in the UK Equity Income sector. He enjoyed a successful period on the fund as co-manager alongside Leigh Harrison from 2010 before stepping up to lead manager in 2015. Harrison is now retiring, but the UK team has strength in depth with typically strong performance across the board. Colwell also has a strong track record in his own right.
|High yield bonds||0|
This is an unconstrained UK multi-cap portfolio, though in practice almost all investments are in FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 stocks - exposure to small caps is limited. Although the fund is guided by the house thematic and macro-economic views, the manager has a strong preference for fundamental stockpicking. This fund is managed in a flexible manner and benefits from an experienced UK desk, where the team double up as fund managers/analysts and carry out over 800 company meetings a year. The manager has a preference for companies with ‘solid’ management and generally steers clear of weak balance sheets. He also places a premium on companies which are able to generate a high level of cashflow. Yield is targeted at the portfolio level, so non dividend-paying recovery situations sometimes feature. The portfolio tends to have a fairly balanced structure – the manager sometimes tilts it in favour of defensive or cyclical stocks based on the macro view, but avoids aggressive skews.
|Fund data updated on||27/02/17|
|High yield bonds||0|
As at: 31/12/2016
6.5% Astrazeneca Plc
5.6% Imperial Brands Plc
4.3% Royal Dutch Shell
3.2% Rsa Insurance Group Plc
3.2% Bt Group
3.1% Centrica Plc
|Oil & Gas||4%|
45-60 stocks with low turnover.
Typical sector weights +/-11% versus benchmark, stock weights +/-5%.
There are some limits placed on the portfolio but these could result in significant divergences from the benchmark from time to time.
|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.|
Colwell joined Threadneedle in January 2010, having previously been at Aviva from January 2007. Previously, he worked as a fund manager at Credit Suisse Asset Management from 2002 and was responsible for a range of institutional pension funds, the Sun Life of Canada closed funds, as well as retail portfolios. He started his investment career at Schroders as a pharmaceuticals analyst, then becoming a portfolio manager for five years. He joined the industry from the Bank of England. He holds a BA (Hons) in Banking & Finance and is an associate member of both the IIMR and CIB.
Richard Colwell has 11.8 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.14%. During the worst period of relative performance (from December 2008 - March 2009) there was a decline of 6% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 39%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 99%.
|Periods of worst performance|
|Absolute||-39% (October 2007 - February 2009)|
|Relative||-6% (December 2008 - March 2009)|
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.