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Simon Knott

FE Alpha Manager
Discretionary Unit Fund Mgrs L
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Overall, performing better than the peer group composite. Over a long track record, the manager has outperformed the peer group more often than not. Good stockpicking has had a material positive impact on results, which have tended to be relatively better in a rising market.
Manager profile
Simon Knott's fine analytical brain has helped him become an international chess master and a top fund manager in the UK Smaller Companies sector. 'The important thing in chess, as well as the stockmarket, is to make good decisions and to keep your error rate down,' says Knott. The Discretionary unit trust, which was originally launched in 1963, has been a strong performer since he took charge of it in 1990. London-born Knott, graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, with an Economics degree. He started his career at family stockbroking firm Green & Co, which was taken over by Greig Middleton and later Gerrard. He was director of the group between 1988 and 1997, before his Discretionary venture. Knott describes himself as a 'deep value' investor who pays little attention to the macroeconomic issues apart from keeping abreast of general economic trends. On his business visits, he makes a point of going to the business locations of small firms so he can see the quality of their technology or second tier management at first hand.
Total return for Simon Knott
Rolling Alpha Quartile: Discrete three year periods
Rolling Alpha Quartile shows a manager's alpha score in quartile terms, plotting his or her risk adjusted performance against all other managers in the UT & OEICs universe. The best managers are those who are consistently ranked in the first or second quartile.
 
Quartile 1
Quartile 2
Quartile 3
Quartile 4
 
 
 
 
 
0-36m
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12-48m
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24-60m
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
36-72m
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
48-84m
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Discrete calendar year performance : Simon Knott

Manager career performance
Discrete performance
  0-12m 12-24m 24-36m 36-48m 48-60m 60-72m 72-84m 84-96m 96-108m 108-120m
Simon Knott 34.4 12.8 -3.6 41.2 20.8 5.2 44.2 49.4 -52.8 -18.8
Peer Group Composite 20.6 3.9 -4.1 33.2 17.9 0.7 33.6 55.8 -39.9 -12.6
Over / Under 13.8 8.9 0.5 8.0 2.9 4.5 10.6 -6.4 -12.9 -6.2
Performance vs peer group composite: Simon Knott
How a manager matches up against their peers gives you some idea of how talented they are. Very few managers perform equally well in rising and falling markets, so knowing which type of market a manager is capable of performing well within is also important.
 
Overall markets
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Outperformed peer group composite
7 years
out of a possible 10
 
Overall markets
Up
Underperformed peer group composite
3 years
out of a possible 10
 
Rising markets
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Outperformed peer group composite
6 years
out of a possible 7
 
Falling markets
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Outperformed peer group composite
1 year
out of a possible 3
Funds currently managed
Fund Sole/Co-managed Sector Periods
The MI Discretionary Unit Lead manager IA Unclassified since Oct 01 1990 to present
Funds managed previously
Fund Periods
No previously managed funds
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