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The fund targets capital growth through investment in large and mid-cap continental European equities. Managers Alister Hibbert and Giles Rothbarth aim to outperform in all market conditions and to this end employ a flexible approach. They builds the portfolio around a core of high quality stocks they believes can provide growth over the long-term. However, around this they will rotate the portfolio into different types of companies depending on their shorter-term view of the market. As a result portfolio turnover is high compared to the peer group.
|Sector||Europe Excluding UK|
|Dividends paid||30 Apr|
|Standard initial charge||5.00%|
|Initial charge via Bestinvest||0.00%|
|Additional bid/offer spread||0.22%|
|Annual management charge||1.50%|
|Ongoing charges figure||1.67%|
Share class closed.
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.
Alister Hibbert was building up an impressive track record at Scottish Widows Investment Partners before jumping ship to BlackRock in 2008. Since then his results have been even more impressive. His fund can be risky compared to some peers, with volatility typically in line with the index. However, Hibbert has at times positioned the fund more defensively. The pragmatic approach and active trading provide a degree of differentiation from rival funds. The strong performance attracted substantial inflows and the fund was closed to new investors in 2013. However, it reopened (FD share class only) in August 2014. Giles Rothbarth was appointed co-manager in 2019 having worked on the fund since 2015.
|High yield bonds||0|
The investment universe is large and mid-cap European equities, though some UK and US stocks may also feature. Stocks are allocated by sector, with each sector covered by a “research pod” led by a senior analyst on BlackRock’s European equity team. Ideas are sourced from screens on valuation metrics and earnings momentum, from sector analysts and from factor and thematic trends. The analyst team then carry out fundamental research on each stock, giving them ratings from 1-5 based on risk-adjusted conviction and a target price. Portfolio managers then have to determine whether recommended stocks are suitable for their portfolios. Hibbert typically has a core portfolio of high quality stocks, in defensible industries, that he believes will be able to grow above the level implied in their share price. However, around this he rotates the portfolio depending on his shorter-term view of markets. As a result, portfolio turnover is typically high, particularly when there is a “regime change” in economic growth. Hibbert describes his approach as flexible and will invest in both growth and value stocks, though through most of his tenure the portfolio has displayed a bias to growth and to quality.
|Fund data updated on||21/05/19|
|High yield bonds||0|
As at: 28/02/2019
3.9604%Roche Hldg Ag
3.9182%Lvmh Moet Hennessy Vuitton Se
3.6561%Lonza Group Ag
35-65 stocks. Typical holding period is one year, although the size of the holding is likely to vary.
Tracking error is typically managed within a range of 4-10%. New ideas are likely to be built up from a 2-3% holding to max 5% in any one stock. Max 5% UK stocks. Max 15% non-index stocks. Max 10% cash.
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|
|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.|
Hibbert graduated with a BSc in Economics from Bristol University in 1992. He began his career in 1994 as an accountant at Ernst and Young, before joining GT Fund Managers (later acquired by Invesco Perpetual) in 1996. He worked as a European equity portfolio manager at Oechsle International from 2004-5 and then at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP) from 2005-8. In 2008 he moved to BlackRock with many of his peers from SWIP. At BlackRock he is a managing director and portfolio manager on the European Equity team, as well as having analyst responsibilities on the financials sector.
The track record of Alister Hibbert / Giles Rothbarth 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||0% (November 2018 - March 2019)|
|Relative||0% (November 2018 - March 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.