Investec Global Strategic Equity A

Global equity fund targeting companies subject to corporate events or structural change.

  • 902.42p
    Price (Inc)

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    Price (Acc)

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  • 4.50% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.50%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.62%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 0.30%
    Yield

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Prices as at 28 February 2020, fund data last updated 03 August 2012

The fund targets long term capital growth by investing in equities worldwide. The manager focuses on companies undergoing internal changes (e.g. restructuring) or affected by external changes (e.g. privatisation, deregulation or demutualisation). Stocks are ranked using Investec’s 4Factor quantitative process before undergoing qualitative analysis – the entire research process is bottom-up.

Fund summary

Sector Global
Structure OEIC
Launched February, 1994
Size £458m
Yield 0.30%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid Acc units only

Charges

Standard initial charge 4.50%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.50%
Ongoing charges figure 1.62%

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Investment process

The managers believe that stock prices are affected by behavioural biases, and have identified key drivers that they believe lead investors to mis-price stocks – these include deregulation, restructuring, new technologies and privatisation. From a 4,500 stock universe the managers select the 500 stocks they believe are most impacted by these factors, then rank them using the proprietary “4Factor” quantitative process. This is based on the factors they have identified as most strongly affecting share prices: Strategy (companies that understand how to create shareholder value); Valuation (companies trading at a discount to their prospects based on cashflow); Dynamics (positive newsflow); Technicals (share price trends). Investec’s sector analysts then subject the best ideas identified to qualitative analysis to ensure the quantitative data is accurate. Finally, the fund manager constructs the portfolio – this is on a bottom up basis, i.e. with no macroeconomic input.

This fund started life as the Investec Global Privatisation fund but now has a much broader remit. Manager Mark Breedon has a good track record but his outperformance occurred mostly earlier in his career. At Investec he is partly reliant on the in house 4Factor quantitative system - as with other quant-based screens, this tends to perform best in directional markets and to underperform at market turning points. The fund suffered particularly in the 2008 banking crisis and has struggled to add value in the turbulent markets since.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 0.00%
  • 16/17 0.00%
  • 17/18 0.49%
  • 18/19 -0.32%
  • 19/20 0.00%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.00%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career -0.02%
  • 3 years 0.00%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 48.80%

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

Mark Breedon

Breedon received a BoA (Economics) degree in 1975 and joined Vickers da Costa the following year. He was promoted to head of European equity research before moving in 1980 to First Chicago, where he managed Institutional European portfolios. In 1986 he joined Alliance Capital where he managed mutual funds as well as developing and implementing investment strategies. He also served on Alliance Capital‘s Board of Directors in London, South Africa and Cairo. Breedon joined Investec in January 2003 and is now co-head of 4Factor Equities as well as a Financials sector specialist.

Track record

Mark Breedon has 2.8 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been -0.02%. During the worst period of relative performance (from January 2003 - December 2003) there was a decline of 13% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 11%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -11.00% (February 2004 - May 2004)
Relative -13.00% (January 2003 - December 2003)

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

4.3% Microsoft Corp
3.1% Alphabet Inc
2.8% Teleperformance
2.6% Booking Hldgs Inc
2.2% Merck & Co Inc(New)
2.2% Unitedhealth Group Inc
2.1% Amazon.com Inc
2.1% Facebook Inc
2.1% Popular Inc
2% Chemed Corp
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Financials 16.00%
Health Care 16.00%
Information Technology 13.00%
Consumer Discretionary 12.00%
Industrials 11.00%
Communications 11.00%
Energy 7.00%
Consumer Staples 7.00%
Materials 4.00%
Money Market 3.00%

Portfolio

Between 80-100 stocks are usually held.

Constraints

Investment in Emerging Markets is capped at 20%. Individual positions are limited to 10% and to +/-5% relative to MSCI World. Minimum market cap US$1bn.

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