BlackRock Continental European A

A mainly large cap European equity fund targeting capital growth.

  • 2490.00p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 3027.00p
    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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  • 1.69%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 0.00%
    Yield

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Prices as at 02 July 2020, fund data last updated 01 June 2002

The Fund aims to achieve long-term capital growth by investing predominantly in shares of large European companies, excluding the UK. The Fund invests in value and growth companies and focuses on stock selection.

Fund summary

Sector Europe Excluding UK
Structure UNIT TRUST
Launched December, 1983
Size £656m
Yield 0.00%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 25 Sep

Charges

Standard initial charge 5.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.21%
Annual management charge 1.50%
Ongoing charges figure 1.69%

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Investment process

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 0.00%
  • 16/17 0.00%
  • 17/18 0.61%
  • 18/19 0.08%
  • 19/20 1.11%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.60%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 0.60%
  • 3 years 99.60%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 99.60%

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

Stefan Gries / Giles Rothbarth

Gries, CFA, Director is the co-portfolio manager of Continental European funds and European Absolute Return portfolios at BlackRock. He is a member of the European Equity team within the Fundamental Equity division of BlackRock’s Active Equity Group. Prior to joining the company in 2008, he spent 2 years at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership where he completed a 2 year graduate program. Since joining BlackRock, he has worked both as a portfolio manager and as an analyst covering, at various times, energy, pharmaceuticals and insurance on behalf of the European Equity team. Gries earned an MA in Economics & Spanish from the University of St. Andrews in 2005.

Track record

Stefan Gries / Giles Rothbarth has 3 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.6%. During the worst period of relative performance (from August 2018 - December 2018) there was a decline of 5% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 16%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is more than 99%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -16.00% (August 2018 - December 2018)
Relative -5.00% (August 2018 - December 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 January 2020

6.1986% Sap Se
5.975% Novo-Nordisk As
5.9533% Safran Sa
5.9516% Sika Ag
5.5719% Lvmh Moet Hennessy Vuitton Se
5.3423% Royal Unibrew A/S
5.0688% Lonza Group Ag
4.9314% Relx Plc
4.555% Dsv Panalpina As
4.4074% Asml Holding Nv
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Industrials 22.00%
Technology 21.00%
Consumer Goods 19.00%
Health Care 19.00%
Consumer Services 9.00%
Financials 6.00%
Basic Materials 3.00%
Oil & Gas 2.00%

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