Most consistent funds of the decade: Global
FE Trustnet takes a look at those funds that have consistently delivered the goods in the popular IMA Global sector.
By Jenna Voigt, Features Editor
Friday October 05, 2012
Nine funds in the IMA Global
sector have achieved top-quartile performance in the two consecutive five-year periods since 2002, according to FE Trustnet
This means that, over the 10-year time period, it is the second most consistent sector of all those studied in the series so far, behind the similarly sized IMA UK All Companies
The £5bn M&G Global Basics
fund topped the charts in the
sector between October 2002 and October 2007.
FE Alpha Manager Graham French (pictured)
has also managed to keep the fund in the top-quartile over the vastly different market conditions in the five years since 2007.
Other notable retail funds to achieve top-quartile rankings over both periods include the M&G Global Growth
and Invesco Perpetual Global Smaller Companies
funds, both run by FE Alpha Managers
Alongside these standout names is the little-known £37.5m McInroy & Wood Smaller Companies
fund, headed up by FE Alpha manager Tim Wood
, and the £136m Newton Falcon fund, run by Robert Hay
– also an FE Alpha Manager.
The McInroy & Wood fund is not listed on any platforms, but is available directly with a minimum investment of £10,000.
It delivered the second-best returns between 2002 and 2007 and outshone the M&G Global Basics portfolio over the latter five-year period, bringing in 41.99 per cent compared with a sector average of 4.91 per cent.
Performance of funds over 10-yrs
Source: FE Analytics
The four crown-rated fund carries a TER of 1.61 per cent, while the M&G fund is more affordable for retail investors, with a minimum investment of £500 and a TER of 1.67 per cent.
There was also a place for the highly rated Jupiter Merlin Worldwide Portfolio, and the ethically focused Ecclesiastical Amity International fund, headed up by Robin Hepworth.
Richard Troue, investment analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, says M&G Global Basics has been a consistent outperformer over the long-term, in spite of occasional periods of increased volatility due to exposure in the mining sector.
He says the fund has had a harder time recently, but points out that it is poised to bounce back on the heels of QE3.
“We like it quite a lot actually,” Troue said.
“The manager is doing something quite simple in that he is investing in companies that benefit from global economic development. On the whole it is a good core fund you need to tuck away for the long-term.”
Troue adds that the McInroy & Wood Smaller Companies fund has an excellent track record in an area in which it has been traditionally difficult to choose consistently outperforming stocks.
“Smaller companies funds are generally underowned by the majority. Often those with a long-term horizon turn to emerging markets and forget smaller companies are capable of equally spectacular returns.”
Of the 243 funds in the sector, 107 have a 10-year track record.