Ardevora UK Equity Fund C GBP Acc
Rated Fund 2016-20. Offers something different for investor portfolios
Ardevora UK Equity has recovered from a poor period of performance in 2018 when the fund suffered losses, to beat its benchmark over all notable time periods. It measures its performance against the MSCI UK Investable Market index, which charts the performance of the large, mid and small-cap segments of the UK market. Managers Jeremy Lang and William Pattisson enable investors to profit from falling as well as rising share prices, making this a good bet for those looking to add an element of protection to their portfolio.
Lang and Pattisson mainly buy shares they think will rise in the long term: these "long" positions equate to 150% of net assets. Synthetic "short" positions, achieved principally through the use of derivatives, make up 50% of net assets. The stocks they short are those where they think managers are behaving unusually riskily, but investors or analysts are relaxed. Their approach offers something different for investors for another reason: the managers use behavioural psychology to help them make stock decisions. They think that picking good stocks is about recognising where the market can be wrong.
They picture the market as made up of three sets of people - company managers, financial analysts and investors. They watch the behaviour of these people for signs of bias. For management, they look for indications of hubris, denial and excessive risk-taking. For analysts, they look for signs of overconfidence, blinkering and belief in a good-sounding story. And for investors, they look for signs of excessive anxiety, over-exuberance or a fixation on recent emotive events. The duo say they avoid these people and judge them by observable facts - stock prices, valuations, forecasts, company accounts and analyst reports.
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Jeremy Lang co-founded Ardevora in January 2010, alongside William Pattisson. Jeremy has over 30 years’ experience, beginning his career in 1986 managing North American and UK Equities with William at James Capel Fund Managers. He left James Capel in 1991 to take up full-time long-distance sailing. In 1995 Jeremy joined Liontrust Asset Management, and in 1999, he partnered with William to manage UK equity portfolios and all investment management operations. Jeremy left Liontrust in April 2009 and founded Ardevora in January 2010. He has a First Class degree in Economics and Econometrics from the University of York and a Masters in Economics of Finance and Investment from the University of Exeter.
William Pattisson co-founded Ardevora in January 2010, alongside Jeremy Lang. William has over 30 years’ experience, beginning his career in 1986 managing North American and UK Equities with Jeremy at James Capel Fund Managers. In 1994, William moved to Fleming Investment Management where he became Head of the UK Equity Specialist team, before being appointed asthe Head of UK Equities. In 1999, he joined Liontrust Asset Management where he partnered with Jeremy to manage UK equity portfolios and all investment management operations. William left Liontrust in April 2009 and founded Ardevora in January 2010. He has a degree in Chemistry from Oxford University.
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