Scottish Widows Strategic Growth Portfolio B

  • 248.50p
    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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  • 1.62%
    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.

  • 2.10%

    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 01 December 2020

Fund summary

Sector Unclassified
Structure OEIC
Launched July, 1987
Size £192m
Yield 2.10%
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 1.62%


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Investment process

The fund aims to give long-term capital growth by investing mainly in equities but also in fixed interest securities. The portfolio will invest in both UK and overseas markets. Investments are held in funds within the Lloyds TSB Group.

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Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 -0.39%
  • 16/17 0.09%
  • 17/18 0.00%
  • 18/19 -0.09%
  • 19/20 -0.25%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years -0.11%
  • 5 years -0.13%
  • Career -0.06%
  • 3 years 44.80%
  • 5 years 40.10%
  • Career 71.90%

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

Jeff King

King is an investment director in the global strategy and balanced funds team. Since the start of 2004, he has been responsible for the implementation of strategy for SWIP’s mixed funds. Prior to that, he was a fund manager and analyst with their UK equity team. He joined SWIP in 1994 from Scottish Provident, where he spent five years as a UK equity analyst. From 1987 to 1989 he worked for BZW as a mining analyst, and spent six years in South Africa with Gold Fields. King holds a BSc in mining engineering from Strathclyde University.

Track record

Jeff King has 14 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been -0.06%. During the worst period of relative performance (from November 2008 - June 2020) there was a decline of 23% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 49%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -49.00% (May 2007 - February 2009)
Relative -23.00% (November 2008 - June 2020)

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

18.9% Scottish Widows Unit Trust Managers Global Growth Acc X
18.6% Halifax International Growth I
12.42% Halifax Uk Ftse All Share Index Tracking I
10.99% Scottish Widows Corporate Bond W
9.4% Scottish Widows Uk All Share Tracker X Acc
6.8% Asi Global High Yield Bond Z Acc
4.95% Scottish Widows Fundamental Low Volatility Index Uk Equity X
4.81% Scottish Widows Fundamental Index Uk Equity X
4.49% Scottish Widows Fundamental Index Global Equity X
3.28% Scottish Widows Fundamental Index Emerging Markets Equity X
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Equities 41.00%
Equities 35.00%
Fixed Interest 8.00%
High Yield Bond 8.00%
Equities 5.00%
Money Market 3.00%

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