Jupiter Merlin Growth Portfolio

  • 427.01p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 439.38p
    Price (Acc)

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    Initial charge

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  • 1.50%
    Annual management charge

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  • 2.42%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 0.00%
    Yield

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Prices as at 26 May 2020, fund data last updated 17 January 2014

This is a fund of global equity funds which may also include some commodities exposure. It differs from the Merlin Worldwide fund by retaining a core exposure to the UK. The Merlin team led by John Chatfeild-Roberts aim to achieve returns primarily through asset allocation. They look to determine the direction of economies, then identify the markets and funds that can best exploit the predicted conditions.

Fund summary

Sector Flexible Investment
Structure UNIT TRUST
Launched
Size £1,483m
Yield 0.00%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 30 Apr, 31 Oct

Charges

Standard initial charge 5.25%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.50%
Ongoing charges figure 2.42%

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Investment process

The key driver of the process is the team's view on the direction of the economy and markets. Chatfeild-Roberts subscribes to the view that the majority of added value from fund of funds products comes from having a view as to “what will happen next” and believes it is particularly important to accurately predict key economic turning points. The team then select funds and managers they believe will benefit from the expected conditions, both from within Jupiter and from other management groups. The fund invests primarily in equity funds across a diversified geographical range, though it retains a core in the UK. Commodity, property and bond funds may also be included, although this will be at most a small part of the portfolio. Historically the team have moved aggressively into cash during adverse market conditions. Fund selection includes both quantitative and qualitative analysis, with around 150 fund manager meetings taking place each year. Buy and sell decisions are subject to a vote amongst the team.

Jupiter's fund of funds team have proven themselves to be one of the best in the industry over a long period of time. The core team members have been together for over a decade and have proven astute judges of the economic environment during that time, participating in rising markets but perhaps more importantly providing some protection for investors' capital during times of trouble. Team head John Chatfeild-Roberts became Jupiter CIO in 2010, but has since recruited additional staff to maintain team strength.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

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Bestinvest MRI

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

Track record

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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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Sector breakdown

Financials 13.00%
Health Care 13.00%
Information Technology 9.00%
Consumer Staples 8.00%
Money Market 7.00%
Technology 7.00%
Gold 6.00%
Industrials 6.00%
Communications 5.00%
Consumer Goods 4.00%

Portfolio

The managers prefer a tight portfolio, taking meaningful positions in 10-20 funds. Currency hedging may be used.

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