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Matthews to succeed Buxton on Schroder UK Alpha Plus


Jupiter’s Philip Matthews has been named as Richard Buxton’s successor on the £3.4bn Schroder UK Alpha Plus fund. 

How do the two fund managers compare?

Matthews is currently sole manager of the £366m Jupiter Growth & Income fund and co-manager on the Jupiter Income and Jupiter UK Alpha funds. He will join Schroders in October while Buxton departs in June.

Looking at the Jupiter Growth & Income fund, Matthews shows strong performance to 16 April this year. It has outperformed Buxton’s growth-focused Schroder UK Alpha Plus fund on a cumulative basis over all timeframes.

Jupiter Growth & Income cumulative performance to 16 April

Jupiter Growth & Income cumulative performance to 16 April

Fund 6.14% 13.61% 23.91% 35.09% 61.62%
5.50% 11.56% 17.09% 25.44% 29.91%
0.60% 1.84% 5.83% 7.70% 24.41%
  94 / 281 70 / 281 40 / 278 52 / 267 22 / 245
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Schroder UK Alpha Plus cumulative performance to 16 April

Schroder UK Alpha Plus cumulative performance to 16 April

Fund 3.51% 13.58% 21.96% 27.98% 46.12%
5.50% 11.56% 17.09% 25.44% 29.91%
-1.89% 1.82% 4.16% 2.03% 12.47%
  248 / 281 72 / 281 58 / 278 97 / 267 42 / 245
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Looking at holdings, both funds are benchmarked against the FTSE All-Share index but a number of differences can be seen between the two managers. Matthews is significantly overweight financials while Buxton is underweight. 

Matthews also runs overweights to healthcare and telecommunications, both of which the Schroders manager is underweight. 

Buxton is overweight utilities and industrials where Matthews is underweight.

Funds’ holdings, as at 28 February 2013

Funds’ holdings, as at 28 February 2013

  Jupiter Growth & Income Schroder UK Alpha Plus Benchmark
Financials 31.3% 19.3% 23.6%
Consumer services 13.7% 20.6% 9.7%
Oil & gas 10.4% 6.7% 15.5%
Healthcare 9.8% 6.7% 6.9%
Consumer goods 9.7% 11.6% 14.1%
Industrials 6.8% 9.9% 9.3%
Telecommunications 6.5% 3.9% 5.7%
Technology 5.2% 3.6% 1.7%
Basic materials 4.0% 8.7% 9.8%
Utilities 0.8% 5.5% 3.8%

The two managers run their money in different ways, which could be partially explained by Matthews’ need to focus on income in his fund. For example, he holds more stocks than Buxton, despite running a fund one tenth the size of Schroder UK Alpha Plus.

Funds’ size and number of holdings, as at 28 February

Funds’ size and number of holdings, as at 28 February

  Jupiter Growth & Income Schroder UK Alpha Plus
Size of fund £366m £3.6bn
Number of holdings 68 36

Hargreaves Lansdown senior investment manager Adrian Lowcock says: “Buxton is a more aggressive manager overall and runs a more concentrated portfolio. 

“Matthews tends to have about 70 holdings so is less concentrated and there is more of a focus on income generation. His bias is more towards high-yielding large-cap companies while Buxton has more exposure to large-cap low yield.

“Matthews is taking on a much larger fund and that will bring its own issues. One of those will be if he increases the number of assets. You would expect him to take it higher than what Buxton has been holding but will he still be looking to hold around 70 stocks?”

Lowcock expects to see some changes in the Schroder UK Alpha Plus fund’s portfolio after Matthews assumes responsibility later in the year. 

He says: “Matthews is different enough from Buxton that Schroders has not brought him in to imitate Buxton’s style.”

Sources: FE Analytics, Schroders, Jupit


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