Legg Mason IF Japan Equity Fund Class X Accumulation
Rated Fund 2013-2018. Buys growth stories for the long term
This fund won Money Observer's Smaller Best Japan Fund award in 2013 and 2014. It is run by Shiozumi Asset Management whose founder, Hideo Shiozumi, has 45 years' investment experience.
The fund seeks to exploit structural changes in Japan by identifying high-growth companies with annual earnings growth of more than 20 per cent, which are nevertheless attractively valued.
Shiozumi's investment style is based around three key tenets that he has honed over his career. They include being focused on growth companies, having a high-conviction portfolio that is far more concentrated than competitors and the index, and holding stocks for the truly long term.
He invests in companies across the market capitalisation spectrum that he believes have compelling earnings growth because of their positions as market leaders and their ability to deliver profitability. He says finding growth stocks has become easier over the last decade as the economy has become more service-oriented, while the internet as a sales channel has created many new businesses. In addition the government has started to encourage growth champions in healthcare, long-term medical care and robotics as it tackles the effects of an ageing society.
The fund has always been concentrated, with 43 holdings at the end of 2017. It has a bias towards small and medium-sized companies operating in profitable niches.
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|Nihon M&A Center Inc||7.21 %|
|Start Today Co Ltd||6.01 %|
|M3 Inc||5.95 %|
|PeptiDream Inc||5.56 %|
|OUTSOURCING Inc||5.13 %|
|GMO Payment Gateway Inc||3.83 %|
|SMS Co Ltd||3.59 %|
|Nintendo Co Ltd||3.43 %|
|Don Quijote Holdings Co Ltd||3.37 %|
|Welcia Holdings Co Ltd||3.28 %|
|Consumer Defensive||15.37 %|
|Consumer Cyclical||13.05 %|
|Financial Services||9.19 %|
Hideo Shiozumi is a Japanese national based in Japan who has 37 years of investment experience. He was educated in the United States with a BA in Economics, Guilford College, Greensboro. He has been fund manager since launch. Previously managed money for Robert Fleming in London and managed the Japanese investment of Geroge Soros' quantum fund.
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