Scottish Widows European Select Growth A

Continental European fund aiming for long term capital growth.

  • 3049.00p
    Price (Inc)

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  • -
    Price (Acc)

    These are the shares in the fund that don’t pay out an income to clients. Any dividends – the money a company can pay out to its investors – are reinvested into companies in the fund. Despite no income, the shares should be worth more over time. Good incentive, eh?

  • 5.00% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.50%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.64%
    Ongoing charges

    This stands for Ongoing Charges Figure. It’s the cost of running a fund and includes admin fees, manager fees, administration costs, etc.

  • 0.00%

    How much the fund is currently paying out in income to investors. It’s NOT to be confused with the overall growth of a fund – a very different thing indeed. It’s also NOT a guarantee of future pay-outs, just a snapshot. This is more what it’s not than what it is…

Prices as at 18 September 2020, fund data last updated 01 January 2002

The Fund's objective is to provide long-term capital growth by investing in a limited portfolio of primarily Continental European company shares. The fund will typically be invested in 30 to 50 holdings.

Fund summary

Sector Europe Excluding UK
Structure OEIC
Launched February, 1986
Size £233m
Yield 0.00%
Charging basis
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 1.64%


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Investment process

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 0.35%
  • 16/17 0.16%
  • 17/18 -0.11%
  • 18/19 -0.57%
  • 19/20 0.20%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years -0.16%
  • 5 years 0.01%
  • Career 0.10%
  • 3 years 34.50%
  • 5 years 70.50%
  • Career 98.60%

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

Martin Skanberg

Skanberg joined Schroders in 2004 and started managing portfolios in 2006. He now manages the Schroder European and ISF EURO Equity funds. His investment career started in 1994 when he joined SEB Asset Management as an investment analyst for Nordic Industrials and Basic Materials, later becoming Head of European Research. He has also worked for American Express Asset Management as a senior investment analyst responsible for Industrials and Telecoms. Skanberg holds a Masters in Financial Economics.

Track record

Martin Skanberg has 14.7 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.1%. During the worst period of relative performance (from February 2018 - May 2019) there was a decline of 11% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 39%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 99%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -39.00% (December 2007 - February 2009)
Relative -11.00% (February 2018 - May 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 30 June 2020

4.31% Asm International Nv
4.06% Prosus N.v.
3.59% Rwe Ag(Neu)
3.54% Merck Kgaa
3.3% Deutsche Wohnen Se
3.25% Neste Oyj
3.18% Alcon Ag
3.09% Deutsche Borse Ag
3.08% Bayer Ag
2.95% Billerudkorsnas Ab
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Health Care 20.00%
Industrials 16.00%
Financials 13.00%
Information Technology 12.00%
Consumer Discretionary 9.00%
Materials 8.00%
Consumer Staples 7.00%
Real Estate 5.00%
Utilities 4.00%
Energy 3.00%


There are approx. 60 stocks in the portfolio.

Key Investor Information