Investment Week and Morningstar's latest look at the most consistent fund managers across the unit trust and OEIC universe.
This week's data covers the three years to 4 January 2019.
There were four new entrants to the Consistent 50 this week, joining from three different Investment Association sectors.
The first and second new entrants were both gilt funds in the form of the £959m L&G All Stocks Gilt Index fund in 12th place and the £250m HSBC UK Gilt Index fund in 22nd place.
This was directly followed by the £396m JOHCM European Concentrated Value fund in 23rd place and £3.3bn Fidelity China Focus fund in 24th position.
In total, there were six gilt funds featured on the table this week. As well as the two new entrants there was the £4.8bn iShares UK Gilts All Stocks Index fund in 18th place, the £23m Newton Long Gilt Exempt 2 in 38th place, £28m Aberdeen Sterling Long Dated Government Bond in 47th place and £1.7bn Allianz Gilt Yield in 50th position.
The iShares gilts fund, managed by David Curtin, was the largest fund to be included on the table this week at nearly £5bn in size.
At the top of the table, Yu Zhang's £10m Matthews Asia Funds China Dividend fund remained in the top spot for sixth consecutive week. This was followed by the £140m MI Hawksmoor Distribution fund in second place and Eddie Chow's £345m Templeton China fund in third.
Ben Peters' £2.6bn TB Evenlode Income fund and Ken Wotton's £162m LF Gresham House UK Micro Cap fund held onto their fourth and fifth places respectively.
Completing the top ten was Nicholas Williams' £1.7bn Barings Europe Select fund in sixth, Martin Lau's £432m First State Greater China Growth in seventh, the £401m Threadneedle European Smaller Companies in eighth, run by Mark Heslop, David Walton's £189m Marlborough Nano Cap Growth in ninth and lastly, the £1bn M&G Charifund, managed by Michael Stiasny, in tenth.
Please note, Morningstar has begun running data on the RDR-friendly clean share classes that groups have launched in the past few years, which are now included in the charts.
The Consistent 50 is based on an assessment of all IA funds in the UK as monitored by Morningstar. Each fund is assessed for its consistency against other similarly invested vehicles as classified by IA sectors.
In the first step, all funds without a three-year track record are excluded. In order to ensure statistical validity, sectors with less than 20 funds are also excluded, as are those that do not allow like-for-like comparison, such as Specialist, Guaranteed/Protected and Money Market.
The three-year consistency score is then calculated by measuring a fund's average decile ranking (ADR) of quarterly performance periods rolling back on a month-by-month basis over three years.
The better a fund performs against its peers over a single period, the higher up the ranks it sits and the lower its decile rank. An average of a fund's decile rank as measured over the multiple time periods provides an indication of how much it moves up or down the ranks relative to its peers.
The bottom 60% of the funds across all sectors are then excluded based on the average decile rank. The remaining 40% of funds across all qualifying IA sectors are then sorted according to how they rank against their peers in terms of volatility and Gain/Loss Profile (with those funds with lower volatility being rewarded and equal weighting given to both measures). The top 50 funds are shortlisted to make the Consistent 50.
All data is calculated on a bid-to-bid, net income re-invested, sterling basis.
Average Decile Rank (ADR) is the funds average decile ranking of quarterly performance periods rolling back on a month-by-month basis over three years. The closer the rank to one, the more consistent the fund.
Gain/Loss Ratio is the sum of positive percentage fund returns divided by the sum of negative percentage fund returns over the chosen calculation period. The higher the resultant ratio, the greater the proportion of positive returns versus negative returns, therefore the better the fund's performance.
Volatility is the standard deviation of the fund's monthly returns over the past 36-months. The greater the volatility figure the greater the deviation in a funds monthly returns. Volatility can be used as a measure of risk.
The Morningstar RatingTM is calculated based on a fund's total returns, adjusted for risk and sales charges, relative to other funds in its Morningstar category. The overall Morningstar Rating published here is based on a weighted average of a fund's 3-, 5-, and 10-year ratings, depending on the length of its record.
3-Year Sector Average is the average performance of all funds in the IMA sector over three years. Comparing the fund's cumulative three-year performance to the sector average highlights how the fund has performed against its peers.
Morningstar Equity Style Box is a graphical depiction of an equity [share] fund's dominant investment style at a given point in time. The style box combines two dimensions: size (large shares, medium-sized shares, small shares) and valuation (growth, blend, value), resulting in nine possible style combinations. More information at www.morningstar.co.uk
(TER) and Fund Size are supplied from the fund management companies and are the latest available to Morningstar.
Data Source: © 2018 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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