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Trojan Fund X

A long only, unconstrained approach to investing with a focus on capital preservation. Investment is mainly via conventional asset classes.

  • 111.05p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 112.91p
    Price (Acc)

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  • 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 0.85%
    Annual management charge

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  • 0.87%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 0.00%
    Yield

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Prices as at 27 May 2020, fund data last updated 23 August 2019

Troy is an independent investment boutique founded in 2000, and this is its flagship fund. Its objective is to provide capital preservation as well as consistent positive returns. To achieve this, manager Sebastian Lyon allocates the portfolio across mainstream asset classes – typically equities, bonds (including index-linked), gold and cash – according to his view of valuations and the economic outlook. He also undertakes bottom up company research, though the equity portfolio is generally restricted to large, stable companies based in the UK, Europe and the US.

Fund summary

Sector Flexible Investment
Structure OEIC
Launched December, 2017
Size £4,372m
Yield 0.00%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 31 Mar, 30 Sep

Charges

Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 0.85%
Ongoing charges figure 0.87%

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Investment process

The investment process is twofold: •Top-down process: Lyon sets the asset allocation based on his views on the economic environment and on how current markets compare with history. He switches between mainstream asset classes (cash, fixed interest, gold bullion ETFs and equities) depending on relative values and outlook. He can also hedge currency exposure. •Bottom-up process: Troy follows around 200 companies, primarily large-cap stocks in developed markets. The manager favours companies with high returns on invested capital that can be sustained through durable competitive advantages. These will typically have sound balance sheets, management that acts in shareholders’ best interests and generally attractive yields. Typically this leads him towards sectors such as consumer staples, healthcare and software companies. He relies on others for companies' valuation models and does not put much emphasis on company meetings. The process is "contrarian" – Lyon likes it when people find his companies dull as it suggests that the market is missing the opportunity. Portfolio turnover is low at around 20%.

Since launch this fund has consistently met its performance target, providing volatility similar to that of bonds but with higher rates of return. The manager has achieved this through an innovative approach to multi-asset investing, using assets like index-linked bonds and gold often ignored by mainstream managers. The fund benefits from Lyon’s detailed knowledge of economic history, which enables him to ignore short-term market trends and bubbles in favour of longer-term growth opportunities. The long only approach means falls in value do occur and the fund will be more volatile than absolute return/hedge funds with the ability to short. The portfolio largely mirrors that of the Personal Assets Trust, also run by Lyon.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 0.63%
  • 16/17 -0.29%
  • 17/18 -0.40%
  • 18/19 0.17%
  • 19/20 0.85%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.21%
  • 5 years 0.19%
  • Career 0.16%
  • 3 years 86.90%
  • 5 years 92.50%
  • Career 99.40%

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

Sebastian Lyon

After graduating from Southampton University in 1989 Lyon joined Singer & Friedlander Investment Management. In 1995 he moved to Stanhope Investment Management (the management company for the GEC Pension Fund) where he jointly managed the £2 billion equity portfolio and the fund’s asset allocation. He was appointed Director in 1999. In 2000 he left to establish Troy Asset Management, where he is Chief Executive and Investment Director.

Track record

Sebastian Lyon has 18.9 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.16%. During the worst period of relative performance (from August 2011 - May 2018) there was a decline of 20% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 10%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is more than 99%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -10.00% (October 2007 - October 2008)
Relative -20.00% (August 2011 - May 2018)

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 29 February 2020

7.4% Etfs Gold Bullion Securites Gbp
4.9% Microsoft Corp
3.3% Unilever
3% British American Tobacco
2.5% Nestle Sa
2.4% Alphabet Inc
2.3% Etfs Physical Swiss Gold
2.1% Coca-Cola Co
2.1% Procter & Gamble Co
2.1% Philip Morris International Inc
Source: Trustnet

Portfolio

Within the equity portfolio, the Fund invests in 25-45 companies. The equity weighting has ranged from as little as 25% up to 75%. The cash weighting can range from 0% to 50%.

Constraints

Max 6% in any one stock.

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