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Contact details

12 Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2DL
020 7743 1000 (Fax Number)
020 7743 3000 (Main Number)

Fund managers

* Richard Plackett31-May-2004 to Present
* Roland Arnold» 01-Aug-2012 to Present
James MacMillan» 13-May-2002 to 30-Sep-2004
Habib Annous» 01-Apr-1997 to 13-May-2002

Investment objectives

The aim of the BlackRock UK Special Situations Fund is to achieve long-term capital growth for investors. The Fund invests primarily in the shares of companies incorporated or listed in the UK and will normally have an emphasis on small or medium sized companies. The Fund may also invest in collective investment schemes. Small and medium sized companies are those whose market capitalisation is lower than that of companies in the FTSE 100 Index at the time of the Fund’s investment.

Key Information

Fund vs sector

  1y 3y
Position 274 / 285 226 / 276
Quartile 4 4

Fund ratings

FE Crown Rating: 1 FE Crown Rating


  1y 3y
Volatility 9.72 11.44
Alpha -7.23 -3.16
Beta 1.15 1.06
Sharpe -0.01 0.44
Info Ratio -2.50 -0.78
R2 0.93 0.91
Quartiles:   1  2  3  4   help with ratios
vs. UK All Companies»
performance chart
ACC -3.2+46.0+74.3+24.1+21.5-7.1+28.6
  UK ALL COMPANIES   +3.9+56.0+62.8+25.9+19.2-7.8+13.2
Clean share class
   Bid OfferDateYieldOCF help CiticodeSEDOL
pdf BLACKROCK UK SPECIAL SITUATIONS D INC INC 1856.00 (p) 1872.00 (p) 26-Nov-2014 1.89 0.92% 00PI B3R25W6
pdf BLACKROCK UK SPECIAL SITUATIONS D ACC ACC 3241.00 (p) 3267.00 (p) 26-Nov-2014 1.89 0.92% IVZ0 B3V1C06
Other share classes
   Bid OfferDateYieldOCF help CiticodeSEDOL
pdf BLACKROCK UK SPECIAL SITUATIONS X INC INC 1859.00 (p) 1874.00 (p) 26-Nov-2014 2.71 0.02% GOZS B8DXV53
pdf BLACKROCK UK SPECIAL SITUATIONS A INC INC 1851.00 (p) 1961.00 (p) 26-Nov-2014 1.05 1.67% ME20 0580397
pdf BLACKROCK UK SPECIAL SITUATIONS A ACC ACC 3131.00 (p) 3315.00 (p) 26-Nov-2014 1.05 1.67% ME21 0580502

The Ongoing Charges Figure (OCF) shows the drag on performance caused by operational expenses associated with a fund.

Expenses which are represented by this figure include payments to the manager, the trustee the custodian and their representatives. The figure also includes registration, regulatory, audit and legal fees, and the costs of distribution.

Performance fees, transaction costs, interest on borrowing, costs associated with derivatives, entry and exit fees and soft commissions are not included in the OCF calculation, and should be factored in separately by the investor.

The OCF is calculated by taking the sum of these expenses incurred in the last 12 months and dividing this by the average net assets of that class for the last 12 months.

Total Expense Ratio (TER) is a formula designed to show the ongoing costs to the investor associated with a fund, including some charges which are not factored into the annual management fee. In addition the fund’s annual fee, charges such as trading fees, audit and legal fees, and operational expenses are included in the TER, which is worked out by dividing the total cost of the fund by its total assets to arrive at a percentage.

Unlike the Ongoing Charges Figure, the TER takes into account performance fees. It does not include transaction costs paid to the custodian.

Detailed fund information
Fund type flag UK Unit Trust
Own ISA wrapper Fund has ISA Wrapper help with ratios Fund size£1,450.4m / $2,289.5m (26-Nov-14)
Savings plan Fund has Savings Plan Minimum: £ 50.0 Monthly Launch14-Mar-1981
Pricing times12:00 Daily Dealing frequencyDaily
Dealing timesMon-Fri 08:30 to 17:30
Minimum initial£ 500
Minimum additional£ 100
Initial charge5.00%
Annual management charge1.50%
Note to chargesn/a
Trustee / DepositaryThe Royal Bank of Scotland Plc
RegistrarBlackRock Fund Managers Limited
Dividend policyMar 01 (Final), Sep 01
Peer groups
Region Asset Class Investment Focus Sector
United Kingdom Equity Mixed UK All Companies
Largest holdings, 31-Oct-2014
Holding (%) Rank Fund factsheet Equity factsheet
Royal Dutch Shell Plc 5.20 1 - *
HSBC Holdings Plc 5.12 2 - -
Rio Tinto Plc 3.39 3 - *
Howden Joinery Group Plc 3.00 4 - *
Astrazeneca Plc 2.99 5 - *
VICTREX 2.92 6 - *
Spirax-Sarco Engineering Plc 2.91 7 - *
Senior Plc 2.90 8 - *
RATHBONE BROS 2.80 9 - *
BP Plc 2.56 10 - *
Regional weightings, 31-Oct-2014
UK99.871 99.87% UK
Cash and Derivatives0.132 0.13% Cash and Derivatives
Sector weightings, 31-Oct-2014
Financials24.251 24.25% Financials
Industrials20.722 20.72% Industrials
Consumer Goods12.993 12.99% Consumer Goods
Consumer Services11.434 11.43% Consumer Services
Oil & Gas9.805 9.80% Oil & Gas
Basic Materials8.716 8.71% Basic Materials
Health Care6.987 6.98% Health Care
Telecommunications2.958 2.95% Telecommunications
Technology2.049 2.04% Technology
Cash and Derivatives0.1310 0.13% Cash and Derivatives

All prices in Pence Sterling (GBX) unless otherwise specified. Price total return performance figures are calculated on a bid price to bid price basis (mid to mid for OEICs) with net income (dividends) reinvested. Performance figures are shown in Sterling unless otherwise specified.

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Asset allocation

UK Equities, 99.87%
99.8700% ofUK Equities
Money Market, 0.13%
0.1300% ofMoney Market

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