Barings European Growth A

European fund investing in Europe through securities of any country.

  • 1383.00p
    Price (Inc)

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  • -
    Price (Acc)

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  • 5.00% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.50%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.64%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 1.00%

    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 13 December 2019, fund data last updated 01 December 2001

The investment objective of the Trust is to achieve capital growth investing in economic sectors in Europe through securities in any country and/or economic sectors throughout the world represented in European markets.

Fund summary

Sector Europe Excluding UK
Structure UNIT TRUST
Launched June, 1983
Size £68m
Yield 1.00%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 10 Jul


Standard initial charge 5.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.50%
Ongoing charges figure 1.64%


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Investment process

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 14/15 0.32%
  • 15/16 -0.43%
  • 16/17 0.71%
  • 17/18 -0.47%
  • 18/19 -0.18%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.02%
  • 5 years -0.01%
  • Career 0.07%
  • 3 years 61.30%
  • 5 years 64.10%
  • Career 97.20%

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

James Buckley

Buckley also manages the Baring Pan European Europa fund and has European research responsibilities for Automotives and Financials in addition to country research for Italy, Greece and Ireland. He joined Baring Asset Management as a Divisional Director in 2005 from Premier Asset Management where he was responsible for the Premier European Growth Fund. Previously he worked at Solus Investment Funds, initially as a senior equity analyst before becoming head of research after six months and a fund manager in May 2002. He has also worked at HSBC Private Clients, Macintyre Hudson Portfolio Management, Knight Williams Unit Trust Managers and Charterhouse Tilney Investment Management. Buckley has a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Ulster (Ireland), a MSc in Investment Analysis from the University of Stirling (Scotland) and an MBA in Business Administration from Cambridge University.

Track record

James Buckley has 17.3 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.07%. During the worst period of relative performance (from March 2007 - June 2010) there was a decline of 15% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 44%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 97%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -44.00% (May 2007 - February 2009)
Relative -15.00% (March 2007 - June 2010)

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 August 2019

7.9269% Nestle Sa
7.1364% Asml Holding Nv
7.1241% Roche Hldg Ag
5.2149% Capgemini Se
4.9434% Allianz Se
4.6517% Airbus Se
4.3935% Safran S.a.
4.1089% Axa
3.9358% Crh
3.7327% Wendel Sa
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Financials 25.00%
Information Technology 20.00%
Industrials 14.00%
Health Care 9.00%
Consumer Staples 8.00%
Materials 8.00%
Energy 7.00%
Consumer Discretionary 6.00%
Communications 2.00%
Money Market 1.00%

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