Factsheet: Capital Gearing Ord

Mixed Asset 0-40% Equity

Rated Fund 2016-2018. A good pick for wealth preservation

Capital Gearing is a wealth preservation trust and its manager, Peter Spiller, only invests where he see value. The trust sits in the Association of Investment Companies' flexible investment sector, which was created in 2016 for trusts investing in a range of assets.Capital Gearing is one of the few investment trusts that aim to produce an absolute return. This is not to say it does not go through periods of underperformance, but Spiller's long-term record is regarded as exceptional. He has managed the trust since its inception in 1982.The trust's portfolio is made up of equities, bonds and property with a small holding in gold. Investment in equities is normally through investment trusts and other collective investment vehicles. It is completely 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 very strong. In recent years, Spiller has been more sceptical about valuations and the trust's equity exposure has been kept low.It was defensively positioned at the end of 2017, with just 13 per cent in equities and a bias to index-linked government bonds in its fixed income portfolio. It also had 5 per cent in cash, to be deployed when valuations are more compelling.The board adopted a zero discount policy in 2015 to control a persistent and at times 'excessive' premium. Since then the shares have better reflected the value of assets; they were trading on a 1.7 per cent premium at the end of 2017.

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Capital Gearing Ord
CG Asset Management Ltd
Closed Ended Investment Company
Flexible Investment
0.86 %
Risk Rating
3 Year Sharpe
0.5 %
Fund Size
£ 233.25 million
Discount Premium
To achieve capital growth in absolute terms principally through investment in quoted closed-end and other collective investment vehicles, invested in equities or property, with a willingness to hold cash and bonds when appropriate.
Holding %
United Kingdom (Government Of) 0.125% 8.67 %
US Treasury Bond 4.22 %
US Treasury Note 3.77 %
Vanguard FTSE Japan ETF 3.09 %
North Atlantic Smaller Cos Ord 2.85 %
Vonovia SE 2.76 %
US Treasury Bond 2.45 %
Sweden(Kingdom Of) 0.25% 2.01 %
United Kingdom (Government Of) 2.5% 1.91 %
Deutsche Wohnen SE 1.90 %
Region %
United Kingdom 39.66 %
Eurozone 25.82 %
Japan 11.85 %
Europe - ex Euro 10.13 %
Sector %
Real Estate 45.74 %
Financial Services 10.64 %
Consumer Cyclical 9.47 %
Industrials 8.12 %
Technology 5.38 %
Basic materials 5.21 %
CG Asset Management Ltd
EC2R 6AY, London, United Kingdom
Legal Structure
Closed Ended Investment Company


Alastair Laing
Joined 01/01/2014

Alastair joined CGAM in 2011 after five years with the Private Equity Manager, HgCapital. Prior to HgCapital Alastair trained as a Chartered Accountant in the UK Mergers and Acquisition team at Deloitte. He was educated at Marlborough College, Edinburgh University and was an MBA Scholar at the London Business School.

Peter Spiller
Joined 01/01/1982

Peter founded CG Asset Management (CGAM) in 2000 and has managed the fund since inception. Prior to founding CGAM, Peter was a partner and strategy director at Cazenove & Co Capital Management and a US equity investor at Capel Cure Myers.Peter Spiller was educated at Wellington College and Christ Church, Oxford, where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. After initial training, he became an oil analyst at Myers & Co. (subsequently Capel Cure & Myers), followed by a stint of international corporate finance at Robert Fleming and the European Arab Bank, specialising in Eurobonds. In 1980, he returned to Capel Cure & Myers and ran US portfolios until 1988, when he moved to Cazenove & Co. in the same role. He directed strategy for the Capital Management Division when he became a partner in 1994. When the Cazenove partnership incorporated in 2001, he set up CG Asset Management Limited with David Brazier, one of his partners. He has run Capital Gearing trust since 1982, since when the share rice has risen from 21¼p (15/04/82) to 2065p (27/02/08). CG Asset Management has total funds under management of £1200m, in equities, index-linked, conventional bonds, real estate, private equity and commodities. He is the Chief Executive Officer of CGAM.

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