Royal London Sustainable World Trust Class C Acc
Mixed Asset 61-100% Equity
Rated Fund 2013-19. Invests in innovative companies with a positive impact on society
This fund won Money Observer’s Best Higher Risk Mixed Asset Fund award in 2015 and was highly commended in this category in 2016. It also won the Best Mixed Asset Ethical/SRI fund award in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Previously called CIS Sustainable World, it changed its name after Royal London took over the CIS funds in 2013. This has not affected the management of the fund, as it has remained under the stewardship of Mike Fox, its manager since inception in 2009.
He has kept its equity content close to the maximum of 85% in recent years. The core idea of the fund, which has ongoing charges of 0.77%, is to invest in growing, innovative companies having a positive impact on society. This is supplemented by companies showing leadership in environmental, social and governance (ESG) management.
Fox believes this approach makes the fund less volatile than others with a wider remit. He argues that by investing in growing, innovative companies with talented management teams, inherent risks in the fund are reduced.
The economic environment has only a marginal influence on his choice of shares. He is primarily interested in innovation and structural growth rather than changing the fund to reflect shorter-term economic conditions.
That said, he acknowledges that economic cycles provide him with opportunities to purchase investments at attractive valuations. He believes that economies are continuing to deliver reasonable growth and that companies stand to benefit over the longer term.
Although the fund can invest globally, Fox says there tends to be a bias towards the US and other developed markets because that is where he typically finds innovation and companies with the strongest ESG standards.
Narrative and ratings content all as of 01 January 2019.See all Money Observer rated funds
|Roche Holding AG Dividend Right Cert.||3.14 %|
|AstraZeneca PLC||3.12 %|
|Ansys Inc||3.02 %|
|Agilent Technologies Inc||2.96 %|
|Rentokil Initial PLC||2.87 %|
|adidas AG||2.85 %|
|Alphabet Inc A||2.79 %|
|Microsoft Corp||2.79 %|
|London Stock Exchange Group PLC||2.73 %|
|Experian PLC||2.71 %|
|United States||40.96 %|
|United Kingdom||24.07 %|
|Europe - ex Euro||16.64 %|
|Consumer Cyclical||7.96 %|
|Basic materials||7.55 %|
|Financial Services||6.41 %|
|Communication Services||5.41 %|
|Consumer Defensive||5.31 %|
Mike is investment manager of the CIS Sustainable Leaders Trust and has been doing this job since November 2003. Mike selects, from the list of companies meeting the criteria of the Trust, the companies most likely to provide strong investment performance.
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