Peter Rutter, Royal London Asset Management’s Head of Equities, tells us about the Global Equity Select Fund
The key goal is to outperform across multiple market environments with the performance driven by differentiated and genuine stock selection, rather than by investing style. We're relatively style neutral from a traditional style sense - some slight tilts occur around our valuation discipline and the form of quality that we look for in stocks.
How do you attempt to gain outperformance across multiple environments?
We call it triple diversification: sector, region, and notably also company Life Cycle. Triple diversification and the unique tools we've built around it allows us to build portfolios where the dominant risk exposure is the stock selection itself, not the sector, region or Life Cycle waves.
Our Life Cycle framework maps every single company in the investment universe into one of five categories, depending on where the company is in the Corporate Life Cycle - from an early accelerator phase through potentially to a Turnaround phase after a period of distress - and it helps us both in portfolio diversification and when we are stock picking.
How does it help your stock picking?
The fundamental factors that determine if companies make money all vary by Life Cycle stage. With early phase Accelerator companies, you may need to examine the disruptive nature of the Accelerator business, the incremental cash burn, the size of the addressable market it's expanding into, and so on.
By contrast, in the most mature or Turnaround phase of the Life Cycle, we might be focusing on how much a company could sell its assets for; how big is the cost-cutting programme; how can they repair the balance sheet? As a team, we've built up 20 years of experience in what it takes to deliver in each Life Cycle category.
How do you apply Life Cycle insights through your investment process?
You can think of it first as fairly automated data management using Life Cycle insights, then a phase of deeper qualitative analysis that's again Life Cycle specific, and then proprietary portfolio construction and risk management toolsets, also using the Life Cycle. But really these all work together in a continuous flow for the investment team.
Click here to learn more about the Global Equities team's outlook and how the various possible scenarios might affect investment strategies and styles
This article was funded by Royal London Asset Management.
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The Royal London Global Equity Select Fund is a sub-fund of Royal London Equity Funds ICVC, an open-ended investment company with variable capital with segregated liability between sub-funds, incorporated in England and Wales under registered number IC000807. The Authorised Corporate Director (ACD) is Royal London Unit Trust Managers Limited, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, with firm reference number 144037. For more information on the fund or the risks of investing, please refer to the Prospectus or Key Investor Information Document (KIID), available via the relevant Fund Information page on www.rlam.co.uk.
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