BlackRock Consensus 85 D

Investing in Blackrock's internal range of funds with the potential to add value by using equities, bonds and cash.

  • 272.50p
    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?

  • 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 0.20%
    Annual management charge

    This is how much the fund management company charges to run the fund. It’s like paying a babysitter, dog sitter or house sitter (that makes well-informed, heavily researched changes to improve your baby/dog/house when needed).

  • 0.22%
    Ongoing charges

    This stands for Ongoing Charges Figure. It’s the cost of running a fund and includes admin fees, manager fees, administration costs, etc.

  • 1.50%

    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 27 January 2022, we don’t currently provide commentary on this fund.

The fund manager seeks to achieve a total return by primarily using Blackrock's own fund range. The investment management team will make asset allocation decisions and will look to add value by using either equities, fixed income products or by hedging indices. Whilst low cost tracker funds have a place within a balanced portfolio for core exposure to equities and bonds we prefer a more active approach.

Fund summary

Sector Mixed Investment 40-85% Shares
Structure UNIT TRUST
Launched July, 2012
Size £3,073m
Yield 1.50%
Charging basis
Dividends paid Acc units only


Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.25%
Annual management charge 0.20%
Ongoing charges figure 0.22%


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Investment process

To achieve its goal of providing total returns the managers invest primarily through investment in units of collective investment schemes managed by the Manager, adopting the "The consensus strategy". This strategy seeks to replicate the same asset allocation as the average UK pension fund and implements this through index funds. The underlying funds are themselves invested in equities and to a lesser extent in government securities and other fixed interest investments, alternative assets and cash. Derivatives and forward transactions may be used for hedging purposes.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 17/18 0.04%
  • 18/19 -0.33%
  • 19/20 -0.09%
  • 20/21 -0.29%
  • 21/22 -0.01%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years -0.13%
  • 5 years -0.14%
  • Career -0.16%
  • 3 years 12.70%
  • 5 years 8.10%
  • Career 5.60%

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

Stephen Walker

Walker, Director and portfolio manager, is a member of the Beta Strategies Group. Within Beta Strategies, he is head of the Index Asset Allocation team in EMEA. Walker's service with the firm dates back to 2007, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. At BGI, he was a portfolio manager in the Client Solutions team. Prior to joining BGI, Walker was a portfolio manager in the discretionary investment team at Coutts & Co bank for over 12 years.

Track record

Stephen Walker has 6.8 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been -0.16%. During the worst period of relative performance (from February 2014 - October 2021) there was a decline of 12% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 17%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -17.00% (January 2020 - March 2020)
Relative -12.00% (February 2014 - October 2021)

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 2021

21.0574% Ishrs Uk Eq Idx Fd (Uk) L Acc
19.1433% Ishrs Nrth Am Eq Idx Fd (Uk) L Acc
14.7336% Ishr Cont Eur Eq Idx Fd (Uk) L Acc
7.3484% Ishrs Oseas Corp Bd Idx (Uk) L Acc
6.2801% Blackrock Cash X Acc
4.605% Ishrs Oseas Gov Bd Idx (Uk) L Acc
4.5062% Ishrs Jap Eq Idx Fd (Uk) L Acc
4.3199% Ishrs Us Eq Idx Fd (Uk) D Acc
4.1661% Ishrs Corp Bd Idx Fd (Uk) L Acc
3.731% Ishrs 100 Uk Eq Idx Fd (Uk) D Acc
Source: Trustnet


Assets are closely in line with a typical managed pension fund. I.e. a bias to equities (predominantly UK) with a smaller balance in bonds and alternative assets.

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