Factsheet: Rathbone Global Opportunities I Acc

Global Growth

Rated fund 2014-2018. Great option for exposure to high-growth companies

A past winner of Money Observer's Best Global Growth Fund award, Rathbone Global Opportunities is run by James Thomson, who has been involved with the fund since launch in 2001, before becoming co-manager in 2003 and lead manager in 2005.

Morningstar considers this fund a 'great option' for investors seeking a global equity fund investing in high-growth companies.

Thomson's process is unique for a global equity fund. He does not use initial quantitative filters, but instead takes a more qualitative approach to idea generation. He aims to add value through high-impact' stock-picking being able to assess and take calculated risks to uncover hidden, potentially lucrative, investment gems'.

He seeks easy-to-understand businesses with strong growth potential that have the ability to control their own destiny. This latter requirement omits companies particularly sensitive to exogenous macro factors, such as commodity prices or regulators.

He looks for companies with sustainable growth profiles and pricing power. He also favours prudent and visionary management teams who under-promise and over-deliver.

The fund's mandate allows him to invest in any size of company, in any sector or country, in order to achieve his goal. Although he often finds the best opportunities among small and medium-sized companies, the fund is currently biased towards large companies where more than 90 per cent of assets were invested at the end of 2017.

Under Thomson's stewardship, the fund has outperformed its category average and the FTSE World index benchmark, with outperformance being produced in a consistent manner.

Narrative and ratings content all as of 01 January 2018.

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Rathbone Global Opportunities I Acc
Rathbone Unit Trust Management Limited
Unit Trust
0.79 %
Risk Rating
3 Year Sharpe
3 Year Alpha
0.1 %
The objective of the fund is to provide above average long term capital growth from a global portfolio. The fund will be able to invest in any transferable security in all recognised world financial markets. The income yield will be at best minimal.
Holding %
Align Technology Inc 3.41 %
Amazon.com Inc 3.06 %
Tencent Holdings Ltd 2.93 %
Adobe Systems Inc 2.52 %
PayPal Holdings Inc 2.23 %
Activision Blizzard Inc 2.19 %
Abiomed Inc 2.10 %
Visa Inc Class A 2.08 %
Mastercard Inc A 2.02 %
Electronic Arts Inc 1.98 %
Region %
United States 58.39 %
Eurozone 26.05 %
Europe - ex Euro 6.97 %
United Kingdom 5.45 %
Sector %
Technology 28.16 %
Industrials 18.06 %
Financial Services 14.96 %
Healthcare 14.04 %
Consumer Defensive 11.02 %
Consumer Cyclical 8.52 %
Rathbone Unit Trust Management Limited
W1J 5FB, London, United Kingdom
Legal Structure
Unit Trust


James Thomson
Joined 11/01/2003

James joined Rathbones in October 2000, having graduated from Cornell University in New York. He was appointed co-manager of the fund in November 2003, in charge of the day-to-day management of the portfolio, and in July 2005 was given sole responsibility. James holds the Investment Management Certificate, the Securities Institute Diploma and is a Fellow of the Securities Institute. In November 2006, he was elected to the Board of Directors of Rathbone Unit Trust Management.

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