Jupiter Merlin Growth Portfolio

A well managed fund of funds investing primarily in equity funds worldwide.

  • 433.62p Price (Inc)
  • 446.18p Price (Acc)
  • 5.25% 0.00% Initial charge
  • 1.50% Annual management charge
  • 2.42% Ongoing charges
  • 0.00% Yield

Prices as at 10 December 2019, 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 September, 1992
Size £1,738m
Yield 0.00%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 30 Apr, 31 Oct

Charges

Standard initial charge 5.25%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 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

  • 14/15 0.02%
  • 15/16 -0.43%
  • 16/17 -0.34%
  • 17/18 -0.14%
  • 18/19 -0.11%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years -0.19%
  • 5 years -0.20%
  • Career 0.01%
  • 3 years 37.10%
  • 5 years 34.50%
  • Career 92.90%

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

John Chatfeild-Roberts

Chatfeild-Roberts studied Economics at Durham University before attending Sandhurst and undertaking a Short Service Commission in the Army. From 1989 to 1995 he was Head of Portfolio Management Services for Henderson Global Investors, before moving to Lazard to set up their multi-manager team. In 2001 he moved to Jupiter with his team, Algy Smith-Maxwell and Peter Lawery, to head their fund of funds operation. In February 2010 he became Jupiter’s CIO. Chatfeild-Roberts is a Fellow of the Securities Institute.

Track record

John Chatfeild-Roberts has 21.8 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.01%. During the worst period of relative performance (from February 2009 - September 2019) there was a decline of 33% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 35%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 93%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -35.00% (August 2000 - January 2003)
Relative -33.00% (February 2009 - September 2019)

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 May 2019

31.3995% Findlay Park Funds American Usd
16.9955% Fundsmith Equity I Inc
12.5648% Jupiter Uk Special Situations Inc
7.6276% Tb Evenlode Income C Inc
5.9397% Lf Morant Wright Japan B Acc
5.2446% Etfs Physical Gold Usd
4.428% M&G Global Dividend A Inc Gbp
3.4805% Stewart Investors Asia Pacific Leaders B Acc Gbp
2.9057% Schroder European Alpha Income L Inc
2.855% Invesco Asian (Uk) No Trail Inc
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Financials 13.00%
Health Care 12.00%
Information Technology 9.00%
Money Market 8.00%
Consumer Staples 7.00%
Technology 7.00%
Industrials 6.00%
Gold 5.00%
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.

Constraints

No more than 20% of the portfolio can be invested in any one fund, with a self-imposed limit of no more than 25% of the portfolio to be invested in Jupiter funds.

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