ASI North American Equity A

Targets capital growth from a portfolio of North American equities.

  • 3245.96p
    Price (Inc)

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    Price (Acc)

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  • 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.50%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.63%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 0.00%
    Yield

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Prices as at 23 September 2020, fund data last updated 20 May 2010

This fund targets capital growth from a portfolio of large and mid sized North American companies - minimum market cap is US$1bn. Aberdeen favour "quality" stocks, so portfolio companies will generally feature steady growth, dependable dividends and lower than average debt.

Fund summary

Sector North America
Structure OEIC
Launched April, 2006
Size £124m
Yield 0.00%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid Acc units only

Charges

Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.50%
Ongoing charges figure 1.63%

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Investment process

The fund's objective is to achieve capital growth by investing in a portfolio of North American securities. 90% of research is carried out in-house, with external research used primarily as a source of ideas. The investment process begins with a filter on quality: the team look for businesses with profitable growth prospects, the balance sheet to support expansion and that are run in the interests of all shareholders. Quality of management is also important - the team will not invest until they have met the management. Companies that have passed the quality filter are then filtered based on price. The team look at valuations based on standard financial ratios, compared to market price and compared to the valuations of similar companies. Portfolio turnover is generally low - the team will top-slice when valuations become stretched, and will sell on changes of personnel, business direction or in the competitive landscape.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 -0.38%
  • 16/17 -0.25%
  • 17/18 -0.10%
  • 18/19 0.20%
  • 19/20 -0.08%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.01%
  • 5 years -0.12%
  • Career -0.11%
  • 3 years 62.60%
  • 5 years 41.30%
  • Career 47.60%

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

Aberdeen US Equities Team

Bassett joined Aberdeen in 2006 from Navigant Consulting where he worked as a management consultant providing client analysis and direction on critical business decisions. Previously, Bassett held internships at J.P. Morgan Chase and Boenning and Scattergood, a boutique investment bank. Bassett graduated with a BS in Finance from Villanova University. He is a CFA Charterholder. The US Equities team are based in Philadelphia. Other key team members include Christopher Baggini, Douglas Burtnick and Jason Kotik.

Track record

Aberdeen Us Equities Team has 14.4 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been -0.11%. During the worst period of relative performance (from June 2009 - October 2018) there was a decline of 28% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 24%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -24.00% (May 2007 - February 2009)
Relative -28.00% (June 2009 - October 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 31 July 2020

8.3% Microsoft Corp
6.5% Amazon.com Inc
6% Alphabet Inc
4.4% Visa Inc
3.7% Csx Corp
3.7% Adobe Inc
3.6% Nextera Energy Inc
3.6% Fidelity National Information Services Inc
3.5% Intercontinental Exchange Inc
3.4% Comcast Cable Communications Llc
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Information Technology 23.00%
Financials 13.00%
Communications 12.00%
Consumer Discretionary 11.00%
Health Care 11.00%
Industrials 10.00%
Consumer Staples 6.00%
Materials 5.00%
Mutual Funds 4.00%
Utilities 4.00%

Portfolio

The portfolio consists of 50-70 stocks.

Constraints

Minimum market capitalisation US$1bn. There are no formal sector limits, but the team take account of sector balance in forming the portfolio, and also try to ensure portfolio companies have varied business drivers.

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