Merian Global Equity Fund R GBP Acc
Rated fund 2013-19. Avoids style bias to follow the money
Last year’s winner of Best Global Growth Fund in Money Observer’s annual fund awards, this fund has been overseen since 2004 by Ian Heslop, head of global equities at Merian Global Investors, with co-managers Amadeo Alenton and Mike Servant.
Rather than sticking to growth or value stocks, they use a variety of styles and follow multiple themes in their portfolio so that they cover all the different investment styles that can outperform in different market conditions. This produces a highly diversified portfolio – of more than 450 stocks at the end of 2018 – which Heslop says has been important in stabilising the returns the fund has achieved over the longer term.
The managers look at the types of stock other investors are buying and then seek out the best companies they can buy to take advantage of these themes. Companies are selected on the basis of five specific criteria that are in the public domain. These are: dynamic valuation or risk appetite; market dynamics and price movements; sustainable growth based on companies’ growth prospects; analyst sentiment to take account of announcements; and company managements and their use of capital. These are considered in the context of the “temperature of the market”.
They are looking to follow the money, an approach that recognises the cyclicality of investment processes and adjusts exposures to take advantage of prevailing market conditions.
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Dr. Ian Heslop is the Deputy Head of Quantitative Strategies at Old Mutual Asset Managers (UK). He joined the Quantitative Strategies team in June 2004 from OMAM's Global Equities team, where he was a fund manager specialising in the global technology and biotechnology sectors. He joined the Old Mutual group from Barclays Global Investors, where he was a UK quantitative fund manager (1997-2000). Ian has a BA in Chemistry from Oxford University (1993) and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from Edinburgh University (1997).
Amadeo joined the business in 2005. Prior to joining the company, he developed simulation models for systemic and liquidity risk for the Financial Stability Group at the Bank of England. He holds a BEng in robotics from the University of Plymouth, an MSc in computer science, and a PhD in computational finance from the University of Essex. He is a CFA charterholder.
Mike joined the company in 2004. He joined from Barra International where he was a senior consultant specialising in the implementation of multi asset-class risk systems. Prior to this he spent five years with COR Risk Solutions. Mike has an MA in physics from the University of Oxford.
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