Janus Henderson US Growth A

Focused US equity fund investing predominantly in large cap stocks.

  • 1645.00p
    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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  • 1.70%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 0.00%

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Prices as at 27 November 2020, fund data last updated 25 April 2012

This fund targets long term capital returns from investment predominantly in large cap US equities. Management has been outsourced to Marsico Capital Management since 2007. Marsico favours growing companies but has a flexible definition of growth, focusing on companies offering stable growth but also including faster growing companies and businesses undergoing change. Their process incorporates both bottom-up (individual company) and top-down (global economic) analysis.

Fund summary

Sector North America
Structure OEIC
Launched January, 1976
Size £325m
Yield 0.00%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid Acc units only


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 1.70%


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Investment process

Over 90% of research is in-house, with an emphasis on "outside the box" thinking to generate ideas rather than relying on Wall Street research. The process includes both top-down and bottom-up analysis, with research focusing on sectors, industries and companies benefiting from economic trends identified. Attributes sought in companies include: market expertise/dominance, strong brands, above average unit growth, strong cash flow, R&D and marketing resource, and excellent management. The portfolio consists of three types of companies: Core Growth – often blue chip companies with the potential for stable earnings growth; Life Cycle Change – typically mature companies undergoing positive changes such as new management; Aggressive Growth – leading edge companies offering the potential for rapid earnings growth. Weightings to each area are adjusted according to the stage of the economic cycle. In constructing the portfolio the managers try to avoid concentration in any sector or theme, looking to find growth uniquely in multiple industries.

Marsico employs a hands on approach to fund management, with the investment team doing the majority of the necessary detailed investment work and stock scenario tests themselves, as opposed to relying on the outside broker community. The process has achieved reasonable success since the team took over the fund – the company also has a longer track record running funds in the US.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 -0.98%
  • 16/17 -0.40%
  • 17/18 0.20%
  • 18/19 0.50%
  • 19/20 0.89%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.53%
  • 5 years 0.04%
  • Career 0.05%
  • 3 years 99.20%
  • 5 years 70.90%
  • Career 82.40%

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

Tom Marsico

Marsico is the founder of Marsico Capital Management, LLC and is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Senior Portfolio Manager and Senior Analyst. Prior to founding Marsico in 1997, he was portfolio manager at Janus Capital from 1986 to 1997. He has an MBA from the University of Denver (1979) and a BA from the University of Colorado (1977).

Track record

Tom Marsico has 13.3 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.05%. During the worst period of relative performance (from February 2009 - December 2017) there was a decline of 27% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 24%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 82%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -24.00% (December 2007 - February 2009)
Relative -27.00% (February 2009 - December 2017)

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

6.5921% Amazon.com Inc
6.4459% Visa Inc
5.8495% Microsoft Corp
3.9036% Alphabet Inc
3.8837% Apple Inc
3.5095% Boston Scientific Corp
3.2221% T-Mobile Us Inc
3.2198% Facebook Inc
3.1925% Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc
3.1912% Salesforce.com Inc
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Information Technology 30.00%
Consumer Discretionary 16.00%
Health Care 16.00%
Communications 15.00%
Industrials 5.00%
Consumer Staples 4.00%
Financials 4.00%
Money Market 3.00%
Real Estate 3.00%
Materials 2.00%


Typically 35 to 50 stocks.


Other than regulatory requirements, the fund is unconstrained. High conviction ideas may be expressed in position sizes of 5-8%. Established ideas will generally be 3-5% of assets and new ideas will typically be introduced as 1-3% weights.

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