Allianz US Equity A

Managed by RCM, San Francisco. The fund has a large cap value bias.

  • 730.21p
    Price (Inc)

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  • -
    Price (Acc)

    These are the shares in the fund that don’t pay out an income to clients. Any dividends – the money a company can pay out to its investors – are reinvested into companies in the fund. Despite no income, the shares should be worth more over time. Good incentive, eh?

  • 4.00% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.50%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.57%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 0.00%
    Yield

    How much the fund is currently paying out in income to investors. It’s NOT to be confused with the overall growth of a fund – a very different thing indeed. It’s also NOT a guarantee of future pay-outs, just a snapshot. This is more what it’s not than what it is…

Prices as at 23 January 2020, fund data last updated 15 December 2011

Run from Allianz Dresdner's RCM offices in San Francisco, manager Seung Minn has adopted the same process he has used for some years on the offshore equivalent. Investing principally in large cap stocks, the approach is contrarian with the manager seeking undervalued companies undergoing positive change, which can offer good long term returns - he believes these provide upside potential at the same time as downside protection.

Fund summary

Sector North America
Structure OEIC
Launched June, 2002
Size £29m
Yield 0.00%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid Acc units only

Charges

Standard initial charge 4.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.50%
Ongoing charges figure 1.57%

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Investment process

To achieve its aim of capital growth the fund invests in large US companies with good prospects for increasing profits and attractive price/earnings ratios (a multiple of the share price to earnings). The process starts with an investment universe of 1200-1500 stocks with a market cap greater than US$1bn. These are screened based on valuation grounds and the existence of catalysts in order to identify candidates for further research. This is undertaken on both a sector basis and using RCM's Grassroots Research, which uses street level research, such as surveys to uncover information ahead of the market. Price range analysis is then undertaken to produce upside and downside targets - typical investments have an upside of 30/40% but a downside of around 20%.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 -0.37%
  • 16/17 0.10%
  • 17/18 -0.15%
  • 18/19 -0.19%
  • 19/20 -0.27%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years -0.20%
  • 5 years -0.17%
  • Career -0.17%
  • 3 years 27.80%
  • 5 years 32.60%
  • Career 29.80%

Performance figures are based on the average of monthly percentage returns relative to the benchmark index.

Steve Berexa

Berexa is a senior portfolio manager, managing director and Global Head of Research at Allianz Global Investors. He has a BSEE and an MBA from Duke University, where he studied electrical engineering and computer science and was awarded an Angier B. Duke scholarship. He is a CFA charter holder.

Track record

Steve Berexa has 6 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been -0.17%. During the worst period of relative performance (from July 2014 - November 2018) there was a decline of 13% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 14%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -14.00% (August 2018 - December 2018)
Relative -13.00% (July 2014 - November 2018)

About the MRI

Our unique indicator: the Bestinvest Manager Record Index (MRI) measures the likelihood that the fund manager is adding value through their decisions. It is based on their performance record over the course of their career, adjusted for the amount of risk taken. MRI is an important contributor to our fund rating system but it is also vital to take account of qualitative factors. It is also very important to select funds to form a cohesive portfolio with an appropriate overall risk level.

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Top 10 holdings

Data accurate as at 30 November 2019

5.94% Microsoft Corp
4.32% General Electric Co.
4.28% Apple Inc
3.57% Disney (Walt) Co
3.56% Jpmorgan Chase & Co
2.68% Alphabet Inc
2.68% Citigroup Inc
2.49% Merck & Co Inc(New)
2.38% Mastercard Inc
2.27% Boeing Co
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Technology 22.00%
Financials 19.00%
Industrials 17.00%
Health Care 14.00%
Consumer Services 11.00%
Consumer Goods 8.00%
Oil & Gas 5.00%
Others 4.00%
Basic Materials 1.00%

Portfolio

The portfolio usually holds between 50 and 80 large cap US stocks.

Constraints

Sector weightings are derived from stock selection and are allowed to deviate by +/- 10% from benchmark weightings.

Key Investor Information

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