Francis Brooke is a director of Troy Asset Management and manager of its income fund, which has outperformed almost all its competitors, on both an absolute and risk-adjusted basis, since its launch in 2004.
Richard Buxton has been Head of UK Equities at Schroders for the past ten years and someone whose views on the UK stock market I have followed for nearly twice that time. His UK Alpha Plus Fund, a concentrated portfolio of some 30 large and midcap stocks, selected on the basis of in-house research, as risen in value by 163% since its launch in 2002 and ranks fourth of 191 funds in the All Companies sector over that period. This is his current take on where the markets sit.
Colin McLean founded the fund management house SVM Asset Management, based in Edinburgh, 20 years ago and was one of the professional investors featured in my book Money Makers. An experienced stockpicker, in this Q and A he describes his current thoughts on the markets and how he is positioning his portfolios.
Small funds and investment trusts that fly below the media radar can sometimes offer better returns for discerning investors than many bigger and better known counterparts backed by heavy marketing spend. One example is Mid Wynd International, a £60m investment trust managed since 1998 by Michael MacPhee, a partner at Edinburgh-based Baillie Gifford. The trust, which targets stocks that are too specialist to sit comfortably in Baillie Gifford’s two larger investment trusts, Scottish Mortgage and Monks, has returned 75% over ten years, three times the return of the FTSE All-Share index over the same period. Michael MacPhee gives his latest views in this Q and A.
Sebastian Lyon, the CEO of Troy Asset Management, is one of the coming talents in investment management. The firm he runs was recently given the mandate to run the Personal Assets Trust in Edinburgh, following the untimely death of Ian Rushbrook in October last year. Troy Asset Management started life with the task of running the family money of the late Lord Weinstock and other senior managers at GEC, from whom he inherited his conservative investment style and a focus on capital preservation. This Q and A describes his current positioning.