Old Mutual UK Smaller Companies Focus Fund R GBP Inc
UK Smaller Companies
Rated Fund 2017-2018. Set apart by team-based approach and investment process
Nick Williamson became lead manager of this fund at the start of 2016 and has had an almost perfect start to his portfolio management career. Barclays Wealth and Investments points to a 'spectacular 2017' thanks to the investment prowess of Old Mutual's highly regarded mid and small-cap team.What sets this fund apart from its peers are its team-based approach and its process. Most smaller companies funds are based on a bottom-up stock-picking approach with little regard to the economic backdrop, but the Old Mutual team takes account of both top-down views and fundamental analysis.
The team have a pragmatic and flexible investment approach with no rigid bias toward a 'value' or 'growth' style. Instead, they look to prevailing economic and market conditions and position the portfolio accordingly.Williamson says that the team effort helps to generate lots of ideas that can be investigated in greater detail. He looks for two things in particular. The first is stocks that offer 'structural' growth, which means they can grow no matter what the state of the economy. Then he looks for stocks that generate plenty of free cash. He like those because it gives companies the chance either to make acquisitions or to start paying dividends.The fund has at least 80 per cent in constituents of the Numis Smaller Companies index � the bottom 10 per cent of the UK main market by value. The advantage of this fund is that it is still relatively modest itself at around �350 million, so it can take some meaningful stakes in these companies.
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