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Julian Gibbs

In most cases, I am very much a believer in following top fund managers wherever they go – although, in the case of the best fund management companies such as Fidelity and Threadneedle and recently in the case of ABN Amro, they replace managers with other good ones very quickly.

This is the reason why I am so pleased that Citywire ranks fund managers on a very sound methodology basis. Not only does it measure absolute performance but also how the manager has performed compared with his or her relevant benchmark, how much risk the manager has taken in delivering his or her performance and, finally, where does this performance place the manager compared with his or her peers across all sectors?

My three favourite fund managers, who have managed funds for 10 years or more, are Anthony Bolton of Fidelity, Nigel Thomas, now at Framlington, and Stuart Sharp of BWD. However, while all these managers have performed extremely well over the past three years, the overall winner on the Citywire ratings is Carl Stick of the Rathbone income fund.

Other fund managers with very high ratings include Philip Gibbs of Jupiter financial opportunities and Andrew Spencer, who manages JPMF premier equity growth and JPMF UK strategic value.

John Dodd, the manager of Artemis UK smaller companies, is easily the market leader in this sector and, I believe, has now overtaken Stick as overall leader. Special mention should also be made of Anthony Milford of the Framlington health fund and Derek Bartlett of City Financial biotech.

I find Citywire an essential tool and I believe that all serious IFAs specialising in investment should use this service.

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