Funds from Aberdeen Standard, Invesco and JPM amongst six to gain an Elite Rating from FundCalibre

by | Feb 18, 2021

Following FundCalibre’s Winter investment committee, two investment trusts have gained an Elite Rating from FundCalibre, as have two previously ‘Radar’ funds that now have a three year track record. Two further funds have been awarded a new Elite Radar badge.

Juliet Schooling Latter, research director at FundCalibre, gives more detail on each new Rating:

Two newly rated trusts from JP Morgan:

JPM China Growth & Income
“The performance of this trust has been nothing short of exceptional in recent years. Launched in 1993, the managers are growth-oriented investors who target higher quality companies within their ‘best ideas’ approach to the Greater China region, while also paying an income. They are ably supported by one of the most extensive and experienced research teams in the area, offering strong local expertise and in-depth coverage.”

JPM Emerging Markets
“With its 30th anniversary falling this year, this investment trust has an established long-term track record of investing in emerging market equities. Backed by one of the largest emerging market research teams, manager Austin Forey has delivered excellent returns on this trust for more than two decades, demonstrating his long-term approach to stock picking has been successful, whilst also being able to evolve this portfolio to meet changing trends.”

Two funds gain an Elite Radar:

Invesco Global Focus
“This is a high conviction, concentrated fund, which invests in structural growth winners. The manager, who took over the portfolio in February 2020, has a refreshingly simple approach: understand the structural trends which are changing the world and then invest in the best companies which are benefitting from these trends. He combines this simple philosophy with detailed fundamental research and management meetings on individual stocks.”

Aberdeen Standard SICAV I – Global Mid-Cap Equity
“This recently launched fund is a natural extension to ASI’s successful small cap offerings. It targets the ‘next 15%’ up the market cap and uses the same tried and tested process and Matrix tool which co-manager Harry Nimmo helped create. Capturing the ‘graduates’ from the small cap universe, as well as new ideas, it was designed for investors who have a lower risk appetite, but still like the growth profile associated with companies towards the smaller end of the market.”

Two funds with three year track records move to Rated

LF Blue Whale Growth
“LF Blue Whale Growth has come storming onto the global equity funds scene since its launch in September 2017. It is a truly active fund with a very concentrated portfolio of just 25 to 35 stocks. Manager Stephen Liu only invests in the very highest quality businesses and ignores those that are structurally challenged. It comfortably passes the AlphaQuest screen over three years and has been moved from an Elite Radar to an Elite Rating.”

TB Evenlode Global Income
“Since its launch in November 2017, performance of this fund has been strong. It has a clear investment philosophy and a process that was proven to be very successful with TB Evenlode Income and has now been replicated in this global mandate. The managers are not afraid to be radically different from their benchmark and the dividend held up better than the market in a very difficult 2020. It also comfortably passes the AlphaQuest screen over three years and has been moved from an Elite Radar to an Elite Rating.”

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