Bankers Investment Trust Plc
Global Equity Income
Rated Fund 2013-20. Solid choice for global large companies
Bankers – one of the UK’s oldest investment trusts, dating back to 1888 – represents a “solid choice” for global large company exposure, according to Morningstar, and we continue to regard it highly, thanks to its impressive long-term record. The investment trust, part of the Janus Henderson stable, previously appeared in our Global Growth asset group but moved into the Global Equity Income category in 2017, to reflect its impressive history of dividend increases. Although its yield is a relatively modest 2.1%, it has one of the longest records for consecutive annual dividend increases, at 53 years. It also aims for dividend growth in excess of the increase in the retail prices index.
Bankers has separate regional portfolios run by regional specialists. It has a very well -diversified portfolio of nearly 180 holdings. Alex Crooke, its manager since 2003, is responsible for the asset allocation of the trust – deciding how much to invest in different markets. Crooke takes a keen interest in global developments and how government policies are shaping the fortunes of different countries and regions. He also runs the UK segment, which has been reduced from just under half of the portfolio to just over a quarter in recent years. Almost a third is invested in North America. Following the reduction in the UK element, Bankers’ exposure to Europe, Asia-Pacific and Japan has increased. These regions now account for 15%, 14% and 12% of the portfolio respectively.
Investors in Bankers get high-quality active management for very competitive ongoing charges of just 0.5%. The shares can typically be bought at a small single-digit discount to net asset value. They have traded within a range of -8% to +2% over the past three years.
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|Deutsche Managed Sterling Platinum||2.75 %|
|Microsoft Corp||2.35 %|
|The Estee Lauder Companies Inc Class A||2.11 %|
|American Tower Corp||1.70 %|
|Mastercard Inc A||1.70 %|
|Visa Inc Class A||1.59 %|
|Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B||1.53 %|
|American Express Co||1.51 %|
|Amazon.com Inc||1.46 %|
|Intercontinental Exchange Inc||1.46 %|
|United States||32.00 %|
|United Kingdom||22.88 %|
|Asia - Emerging||9.68 %|
|Asia - Developed||5.38 %|
|Financial Services||22.53 %|
|Consumer Defensive||12.23 %|
|Communication Services||11.65 %|
|Consumer Cyclical||9.82 %|
Gordon Mackay is a Portfolio Manager on the UK-based Global Equities Team at Janus Henderson Investors, a position he has held since joining Henderson in 2016. He is also a Portfolio Manager on the International Opportunities strategy. Most recently, Gordon was a senior investment analyst at Speirs & Jeffrey Ltd covering a range of UK equity sectors. From 2004 to 2014, he was a portfolio manager at Ignis Asset Management responsible for managing a range of Asian equity portfolios. Prior to this, Gordon was with Abbey National Asset Managers for seven years, first as a trainee investment analyst covering North American equities before progressing to become an investment manager for that region. He began his career at Clydesdale Bank plc as a bank officer in 1991. Gordon has a BA degree (Hons) in economics and finance from the University of Strathclyde. He is an Associate Member of the Society of Investment Professionals (ASIP) and an Associate Member of the Chartered Banker Institute (ACBI).
Jamie Ross is a Fund Manager of European equities at Janus Henderson Investors, a position he has held since 2016. He was appointed as a joint Fund Manager for a European investment trust in 2018. He is also a Fund Manager on the International Opportunities strategy. Prior to this, he was a fund manager on the UK Equities Team, where he co-managed a UK equities pooled fund. Before that, he was an assistant fund manager on the Pan European Equities Team. He started his career with Henderson in 2007. Jamie graduated with a BA degree (Hons) in economics from Durham University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Junichi Inoue is Head of Japanese Equities at Janus Henderson Investors, a position he has held since joining Henderson in 2016. Junichi is also a Fund Manager on the International Opportunities strategy. Prior to Henderson, he worked at DIAM Asset Management, where he was a fund manager for global REITs on the broader equity team from 2012. Before that, he was with BlackRock for 14 years after originally being hired by Mercury Asset Management in Tokyo in 1998. (Mercury Asset Management was acquired by Merrill Lynch in 1997; their asset management business merged with BlackRock in 2006.) During this time, he covered Japanese equities as an analyst and portfolio manager and interacted with global/EAFE teams in London. From 2002 to 2006, he was based in London, working as part of the global equity team covering Japanese markets. In 2006, he moved back to Tokyo, where he managed fundamental Japan equity portfolios across all capitalisations until his departure in 2012. Junichi holds a bachelor of laws degree from Hitotsubashi University.
Charlie Awdry is a Portfolio Manager for the Chinese Equities strategy at Janus Henderson Investors. Charlie started his investment career with Gartmore in 2001 and joined Henderson as part of the firm’s acquisition of Gartmore in 2011. After working in Hong Kong from 2005 to 2006, he returned to London and became the China fund manager at Gartmore in 2006. Charlie graduated with a bachelor’s degree with first class honours in geography from the University of Bristol. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He has more than a decade of experience as lead manager of China equities portfolios.
David Smith is a Portfolio Manager on the Global Equity Income Team at Janus Henderson Investors, a position he has held since 2008. David manages an investment trust and a number of UK equity institutional funds. He joined Henderson in 2002, initially working in operations and progressing to the UK Equities Team, and is now part of the Global Equity Income Team. David graduated with a BSc degree (Hons) in chemistry from Bristol University. He holds the Investment Management Certificate and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Mike Kerley is Director of Pan-Asian Equities and a Portfolio Manager at Janus Henderson Investors. He has managed Pacific equities since joining Henderson in 2004. Mike has been managing investment trusts at Henderson since 2007 and is co-manager of the Janus Henderson Asian Dividend Income strategy. Previously, he worked at ISIS Asset Management as director of Pacific Basin equities. Prior to this, he worked in the operations department at INVESCO Asset Management. Mike attended the London Business School where he studied investment management.
Alex Crooke is Co-Head of Equities – EMEA and Asia Pacific at Janus Henderson Investors, a position he has held since 2018. Alex is responsible for equities in the EMEA and APAC regions and is a Portfolio Manager for the Global Equity Income and Global Dividend & Income strategies. Previously, he was head of global equity income and specialist equities from 2013. Alex was recruited by Henderson to co-manage the UK assets of an investment trust in 1994 as an associate director. He later became the fund manager responsible for a number of UK and Global income orientated equity products. Alex began his investment career with Equitable Life Assurance Society in 1990 as a U.S. investment analyst. Alex holds a BSc (Hons) in physics and astrophysics from Manchester University and is an associate member of the Society of Investment Professionals.
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