Threadneedle (Lux) European Select ZGH GBP

Fairly concentrated portfolio of mainly large-cap continental European equities.

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Prices as at 27 January 2022, fund commentary last updated 05 September 2019

The fund aims to achieve capital growth by investing in a relatively concentrated portfolio of continental European equities. The fund has a multi-cap approach, but the bulk of investments are in larger companies. Manager Benjamin Moore looks for high quality businesses, defined as those with strong competitive advantages such as barriers to entry, that can deliver sustained, above-average growth in their sales and profits. Once invested he typically holds these stocks for a long period, selling only when their investment case has materially changed.

Fund summary

Sector Europe Excluding UK
Launched October, 2012
Size £1,613m
Yield 0.00%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid Acc units only


Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 0.75%
Ongoing charges figure 1.05%


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Investment process

The manager invests primarily in large and mid-cap continental European companies that operate globally. He looks for quality businesses which have competitive advantages and therefore high and sustainable long term returns, as he believes these are often mispriced by the market. He analyses competitive advantages through the Porter Five Forces framework, looking at factors such as barriers to entry and customer power to assess their business models. Stocks tend to enter the portfolio with high conviction. Risk control is one of the key elements of the process, with risk primarily controlled through the quality focus. The fund typically has high weightings in the consumer and pharmaceutical sectors, which have strong brands and patents respectively. By contrast, there are few holdings in the oil & gas, financials and utility sectors, where there is little pricing power. Ideas are generated by the European equity and broader teams, which work closely together. The process includes macro and thematic overlays, quantitative screens and company meetings. Despite the top-down elements, stock research is primarily bottom-up. Ideas are shared across the European team, but the manager's approach on this fund is longer-term and less valuation-sensitive than that of his colleagues.

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.

Benjamin Moore

Moore is a portfolio manager within the European equities team and has co-managed the European Select strategy since April 2019. He joined the team in 2015 as an equity analyst, responsible for researching small-cap European companies. In this role, he was also deputy manager of the Threadneedle European Smaller Companies strategy. He previously spent six years with Goldman Sachs, where he worked as an equity research analyst within the European mid cap team. Moore holds an MA in History of Art from Cambridge University and studied Music at the University of the Arts, Berlin. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Track record

The track record of Benjamin Moore in managing mutual funds in this sector is still too short for us to draw any meaningful conclusions and so our assessment is based largely on qualitative aspects.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -5.00% (August 2021 - September 2021)
Relative -2.00% (August 2021 - October 2021)

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 November 2021

5.561% Lvmh Moet Hennessy Vuitton Se
5.511% Nestle Sa
4.718% Asml Holding Nv
4.324% Brenntag Se
4.072% Pernod-Ricard
3.983% Siemens Healthineers Ag
3.822% Sap Se
3.756% L`Oreal
3.734% Schneider Electric Se
3.65% Tryg As
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Industrials 23.00%
Consumer Discretionary 16.00%
Technology 15.00%
Consumer Staples 15.00%
Health Care 12.00%
Basic Materials 10.00%
Financials 7.00%
Money Market 1.00%


40-60 stocks. Expected tracking error (ex ante) 3% to 8% p.a. Max cash 5%.


Stock positions within +/-5% of benchmark weight and unlikely to exceed 7%. There are no set country/sector maximum or minimum weights.

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