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IFAs demand more best ideas launches

Skandia Investment Management launches its UK best ideas fund next week and has already received requests from advisers to devise similar funds in other areas of the market.

The new fund is a response to IFA demand for a UK version of the global best ideas fund launched in June. SIM says this fund has grown to almost £150m and is up by over 10 per cent in its first three months.

It has no immediate plans to add to the range but says it may roll out more funds in future if IFA demand is sufficient.

Under Skandia’s best ideas concept, 10 fund managers from different companies select their 10 best stock ideas which are combined within a single fund. The UK best ideas fund will include stocks selected by managers such as Old Mutual’s Ashton Bradbury, Schroders’ Richard Buxton and Jupiter’s Anthony Nutt. Managers can hold up to 25 per cent in a single stock and must hold at least 5 per cent in all stocks to ensure that all holdings contribute to overall returns.

Skandia believes the main attraction of its latest twist on the multi-manager market is the quality of managers it has on board. It says they were selected not only on the basis of their skills but also the way they can be blended together to make a single portfolio work. Despite the UK focus, there will be differences in style and market cap focus, so it is unlikely that the managers will select the same stocks although they will be free to do so.

Fund manager Ryan Hughes says: “We are asking the managers to run their stocks independently. they will not be formally getting together. They are all independent thinkers who have worked in their own way for so long that it is unlikely they would hold the same stock.

“We are being asked to build more funds. We have no immediate plans but if there is sufficient demand we will see what we can do.”

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