Fact sheet: Capital Gearing IT

Rated Fund Information
Rated Funds Group
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MIXED ASSET - LOWER RISK
Sector
IT Flexible Investment
Fund type
Investment Trust
Primary aim
GROWTH
Why Money Observer Rates Capital Gearing IT

Rated Fund 2016-2017. A defensive stance, waiting for the right opportunities

This trust appears in the Association of Investment Companies' flexible investment sector, which was created at the beginning of 2016 for trusts investing in a range of assets.

Capital Gearing is also one of the few investment trusts that aims to produce an absolute return. It has seen periods of underperformance such as in 2013, but manager Peter Spiller's long-term record is widely regarded as exceptional. He has managed the trust since inception in 1982.

The trust's portfolio is made up of equities, bonds and commodities. Investment in equities is normally through trusts and other collective investment vehicles.

It is flexible in its asset allocation and had a near 100 per cent weighting to equities in the early 1980s when valuations were low and corporate balance sheets looked strong. In recent years, Spiller has been more sceptical about valuations and as a result the trust's equity exposure has been kept low.

The trust finished 2016 with a very defensively positioned portfolio, with a low allocation to equities and an emphasis on short-duration in the fixed income portfolio. Spiller believes that high asset prices mean that the prospects for medium-term returns are muted.

His main aspiration is to preserve capital after fees and inflation, in the expectation that better opportunities will present themselves in future. He therefore has a tranche of liquid assets waiting to be deployed into equity markets when valuations are more compelling.

3 Year Performance
Fund Performance19.1%
Average of Rated Funds Group23.6%
Sector Performance27.5%
Fund information
Fund name
Capital Gearing Trust plc
Fund manager company
Capital Gearing Asset Mgmt
Fund type
Investment Trust
Fund managers
  • Peter Spillersince 01/01/1982
  • Alastair Laingsince 03/01/2011
Accolades
Fund objective
To achieve absolute returns through active asset allocation across equities, bonds and commodities. Equity investments are made in quoted closed ended trusts and other collective investment vehicles.
Benchmark
  • FTSE Inv Companies Index
Investment style
No data available.
Investment method
No data available.
Quick stats
1 Year return
12.9%
1 Year rank in sector
11/15
Sector
IT Flexible Investment
Yield
0.5%
Fund size
£171m
FE Risk score
?FE Risk Scores measure the riskiness of instruments relative to the FTSE 100 index of shares. Weekly volatility is measured over three years with recent behaviour counting more heavily than earlier behaviour. Cash-type investments will have scores close to zero. Funds will tend to have scores in the 0-150 range. The FTSE 100 is always scored at 100. There is no upper limit.
60
Mid price
3872
NAV
?Net asset value. The NAV per share may be higher or lower than the share price, which in turn is trading at either a discount or a premium to NAV.
3789
Discount/Premium
?When the market price of an investment trust’s shares is less than the net asset value (NAV) per share then it is trading at a discount to NAV. A trust’s shares are on a premium when they trade at a higher price than the NAV.
+2.19
Gearing
?Investment trusts have the ability to borrow money which they invest with the aim of generating a higher return than the cost of the loan. An ungeared trust has a figure of 100. A figure of 110 would represent a trust with 10% gearing.
100
Top in this sector
Fund name1 Year
UIL61.5%
Miton Gbl Opps PLC50.5%
New Star IT PLC50.5%
JZ Cap Partners45.6%
Est Inv Trust37.7%
...more in IT Flexible Investment

Performance snapshot

Holdings snapshot

  • UK99%
    Money Market1%
  • No data available.
  • Others33%
    Index Linked Fixed Interest31%
    Preference Shares19%
    Global Government Fixed Interest8%
    Money Market8%

Performance vs Sector

Cumulative performance
 1 mth3 mth6 mth1 yr3 yr5 yr
Fund0.8%2.8%6.2%12.9%19.1%32.2%
Sector1.3%5.9%9.2%21.3%27.5%36.2%
Rank within sector11 / 1612 / 1610 / 1611 / 1511 / 147 / 13
Quartile3rd3rd3rd3rd4th3rd
Calendar performance
 YTD - 20172016201520142013
Fund2.7%15.4%1.2%3.3%-9%
Sector5.3%14.5%3.3%3.9%5.7%
Rank within sector10 / 168 / 158 / 147 / 1413 / 14
Quartile3rd3rd3rd2nd4th
Risk statistics
Alpha
?Alpha is a measure of a fund's over- or under-performance by comparison to its benchmark. If the Alpha is 5, the fund has outperformed its benchmark by 5%; so the greater the Alpha, the greater the outperformance.
-2.98
Beta
?Beta estimates a fund's volatility by comparison to that of its benchmark. A fund with a beta close to 1 means that the fund will move generally in line with the benchmark. Higher than 1 and the fund is more volatile than the benchmark and vice versa.
1.05
Sharpe
?This commonly-used measure calculates the level of return over and above the return of a notional risk-free investment, such as cash. The difference in returns is then divided by the fund's volatility. The resulting ratio is an indication of the amount of excess return generated per unit of risk.
0.16
Volatility
?Volatility (or standard deviation), when applied to an investment fund, expresses its risk. It shows how widely a range of returns varied from the fund's average return over a particular period. For example, if a fund had an average return of 5%, and its volatility was 15, this would mean that the range of its returns over the period had swung between +20% and -10%.
8.33
Tracking error
?This measures the standard deviation of a fund's excess returns over the returns of an index or benchmark portfolio. As such, it can be an indication of 'riskiness' in the manager's investment style. A Tracking Error below 2 suggests a passive approach. At 3 and above the the manager will be deploying a more active investment style.
6.68
Information ratio
?This is a useful risk-adjusted measure of actively managed fund performance. It is calculated by deducting the returns of the fund's benchmark from the fund's overall returns, then dividing the result by its tracking error. The higher the Information Ratio the better. It is generally considered that a figure of 0.5 reflects a good performance, 0.75 very good, and 1.00 outstanding.
-0.42
R-Squared
?An indication of how closely correlated a fund is to an index or a benchmark. Values for R-Squared range between 0 and 1, with 0 indicating no correlation at all and 1 showing a perfect match. Values upwards of 0.7 suggest that the fund's behaviour is increasingly linked to its benchmark.
0.36
Price movement
52 week high3889
52 week low3324
Current bid price3844
Current offer price3873
Current mid price3872
Region
1UK99%
2Money Market1%
Industry sector
No data available.
Asset type
1Others33%
2Index Linked Fixed Interest31%
3Preference Shares19%
4Global Government Fixed Interest8%
5Money Market8%
6Commodity & Energy1%
Individual holdings
1TREASURY 0.125% IDX-LKD GILT 22/11/19 GBP0.015.1%
2UNITED STATES OF AMER TREAS BONDS 2% BDS 15/01/26 USD10004.6%
3TREASURY 1.25% IDX-LKD GILT 22/11/17 GBP0.014.1%
4NORTH ATLANTIC SMALLER COMPANIES IT3.2%
5TREASURY 0.125% IDX GILT 22/03/24 GBP0.012.5%
6UNITED STATES OF AMER TREAS NOTES 0.625% NTS 15/07/21 USD1002%
7CIVITAS SOCIAL HOUSING PLC1.5%
8BETTER CAPITAL1.2%
9RIGHTS & ISSUES INCOME TST1.2%
Management
Fund manager group
Capital Gearing Asset Mgmt
Fund manager company
Capital Gearing Asset Mgmt
Fund type
Investment Trust
Fund objective
To achieve absolute returns through active asset allocation across equities, bonds and commodities. Equity investments are made in quoted closed ended trusts and other collective investment vehicles.
Benchmark
  • FTSE Inv Companies Index
Investment style
No data available.
Investment method
No data available.
Fund managers
NameSinceBiography
Peter Spiller01/01/1982Peter founded CGAM in 2001 and has managed the fund since inception. Prior to founding CGAM Peter was a partner and strategy director for Cazenove Capital Management and a US equity investor at Capel Cure & Myers. Peter was educated at Wellington College and Christ Church, Oxford.
Alastair Laing03/01/2011Alastair has managed the fund since joining CGAM in 2011. Alastair joined CGAM from HgCapital LLP (a pan- European private equity fund) and previously worked with the mergers and acquisitions team at Deloi e LLP. Alastair was educated at Edinburgh University and was an MBA scholar at the London Business School. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Accountants of Scotland.
Compliance
AIC Member, UCIS
Domicile
No data available.
Fund for sale in
United Kingdom
Capital Gearing Trust plc
Initial charge-
Annual charge-
Min single investment£0
Min regular saving£0
Available in ISANo
Ongoing charge (OCF)-
Total expense ratio (TER)-
Bid price-
Offer price-
Mid price3789
CurrencyGBX
Price updated22/03/2017
TypeAccumulation
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeNJFO
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