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Neptune on a wave

The US stockmarket has performed much worse than the other major stockmarkets over the last three years and this year the S&P 500 is already down by around 15 per cent to the start of July.

As a result, most North American unit trusts have shown losses over the past two years to July 1 and over three years have only shown small gains.

However, some mana-gers have managed to outperform the average over three years by a considerable margin.

Felix Wintle of Neptune US opportunities has shown growth of 47 per cent to June 1, more than 30 percentage points above the average fund, and many fund managers now believe that the US stockmarket could outperform other developed markets this year.

HSBC, for example, is forecasting that the dollar will strengthen over the next 12 months, that corporate earnings in many sectors will increase and that the US economy should come out of the recession earlier than the other major economies.

Many managers believe that some of the big US multinationals which derive a significant percentage of their revenues from overseas operations are an attractive investment opportunity, especially as they are now selling at reasonable prices.

Felix Wintle also believes that the healthcare sector is attractive. He is a particular expert in this sector and some of his bigger gains have been there.

Unlike many managers, he has a top-down approach, first choosing the sectors which he believes will outperform and then analysing the companies in those sectors and selecting the ones that he thinks will perform the best. This approach has certainly been successful.

Other funds I like in that sector are Gartmore US growth and Martin Currie North America.


Efficiency drive

With the UK stockmarket down by almost 20 per cent since its October peak, investors are increasingly focusing on capital preservation, particularly conservatively managed funds.

Document replaces menu and IDD

The FSA will introduce a single services and costs disclosure document to replace the menu and initial disclosure document from August. It stresses the documents are only guidance and advisers can use the old documents until August 2009.


The Brunner Investment Trust – April 2017

Welcome to the latest update for The Brunner Investment Trust PLC from the Trust’s portfolio manager, Lucy Macdonald. Market Review Global equities have rallied over the first quarter of 2017, buoyed by signs of strengthening growth and optimism over company earnings, although this rally has faded towards the quarter end. US equities posted their strongest […]


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