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The trust targets income and some capital growth by investing in a multi-cap portfolio of UK equities. Manager Thomas Moore follows Standard Life’s “Focus on Change” investment philosophy, relying on his and the UK team’s ability to forecast earnings surprises ahead of the market. Moore has a greater focus on dividend and earnings growth compared to rival funds, something that leads him to have substantial weights in mid and small-cap stocks and lower exposure to the traditional FTSE 100 income names. The trust largely mirrors the Standard Life UK Equity Income Unconstrained OEIC, though the trust can employ gearing.
|Sector||UK Equity Income|
|Charging basis||30% Income 70% Capital|
|Dividends paid||Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec|
|Standard initial charge||–|
|Initial charge via Bestinvest||0.00%|
|Additional bid/offer spread||0.00%|
|Annual management charge||0.65%|
|Ongoing charges figure||0.95%|
Management contract is terminable on 6 months notice.
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 Information Investor Document, which we make available to you before you make a decision to invest, alternatively it is available on request.
Moore has transformed this trust since taking it over in 2012, generating performance significantly ahead of the benchmark, and has achieved similar success going back to 2009 on Standard Life UK Equity Income Unconstrained. He has achieved this through a greater focus on small and mid-cap stocks than his peers – he believes that, whilst larger companies often pay bigger dividends now, their smaller counterparts often have superior growth prospects which make them better investments over the long term. This more aggressive approach places significant emphasis on Moore’s stockpicking, but he benefits from the support of a highly regarded team based in Edinburgh. The fund can be more volatile than its peers, but given the improved total return prospects we believe it is an excellent holding for investors with longer timeframes. This fund is also an ideal partner for some of the prominent funds in the sector, which tend to be more defensive and more large-cap focused.
|High yield bonds||0|
The manager sits in Standard Life’s UK equity team and almost all his stocks are buy-rated by the team’s analysts, with their best ideas “Winners List” a particular focus. However, Moore is his own analyst on financials and small cap ideas. The team follows Standard Life’s “Focus on Change” investment philosophy, looking to identify changes in companies and industries ahead of the market and hence that haven’t been priced in. This should enable portfolio companies to grow their earnings and also benefit from positive sentiment, growing their earnings multiples. On this mandate the manager also has a focus on dividend growth. He believes the largest dividend paying stocks in the UK often have poor earnings and dividend growth prospects and are therefore unattractive investments. He focuses his research further down the market cap scale, particularly the FTSE 250, to find stocks with attractive yields where there is also scope for earnings and dividend growth.
|Fund data updated on||20/09/19|
|High yield bonds||0|
As at: 31/07/2019
4.6% John Laing Group Plc
4.6% Royal Dutch Shell
3% Prudential Plc
2.8% Ashmore Group Plc
2.7% Close Brothers Investment
2.6% British American Tobacco
2.2% National Express Group
|Oil & Gas||15%|
Max. 5% in a single stock. Gearing range -5% to +15%. Max. 5% cash
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|
|14/15||15/16||16/17||17/18||18/19||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.|
Moore is an investment director on Standard Life’s UK Equities team as well as analyst for the banking and financial services sectors. He joined the company in 2002, initially working as an analyst before moving to the Emerging Markets equity team in 2003, where he managed EMEA portfolios. He became an investment director in 2005 and then moved to the UK Equities team in 2006. Before joining Standard Life he worked for Schroders in UK equities and emerging markets from 1998. Moore gained a BA (Hons) in economics & politics from Exeter University in 1998, and is also an associate of the CFA Society of the UK.
Thomas Moore has 10.7 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.13%. During the worst period of relative performance (from December 2015 - August 2019) there was a decline of 28% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 17%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 88%.
|Periods of worst performance|
|Absolute||-17% (April 2011 - September 2011)|
|Relative||-28% (December 2015 - August 2019)|
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.