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BlackRock UK Special Situations - removal from Wealth 150

Kate Marshall | Fri 24 July 2015

Investments can go down as well as up so there is always a danger that you could get back less than you invest. Nothing here is personalised advice, if unsure you should seek advice.

It has been announced that Richard Plackett will step down as co-manager of the BlackRock UK Special Situations Fund on 30 September 2015. He will also retire from the investment group later this year.

Luke Chappell has been appointed co-manager of the fund alongside Richard Plackett and Roland Arnold with immediate effect. Richard Plackett will remain co-manager of the fund until the end of September, and will assist with the transition of his responsibilities prior to leaving the group. Roland Arnold has co-managed the fund since August 2012 and will maintain his existing role on the fund.

Luke Chappell has 25 years' experience working as a UK equity portfolio manager. He joined BlackRock 15 years ago, and has been co-head of the UK equity team for the past decade. He has co-managed the BlackRock UK Focus Fund, which is only available to institutional investors, since October 2011. Over this time, the fund has grown by 46.9%, outperforming the 43.9% delivered by the FTSE All Share index, but underperforming the IA UK All Companies sector return of 51.6%. Please remember past performance is not a guide to future returns.

Annual percentage growth
July 10 -
July 11
July 11 -
July 12
July 12 -
July13
July 13 -
July 14
July 14 -
July 15
BlackRock UK Focus N/A N/A 14.07% 11.05% 8.07%
FTSE All Share 29.05% -2.07% 18.02% 12.04% 3.00%
IA UK All Companies 27.04% -4.09% 21.07% 13.07% 6.09%

Past performance is not a guide to future returns.

Source: Lipper IM* to 01/07/2015

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Luke Chappell and Roland Arnold will continue to adopt the UK Special Situations Fund's existing, flexible investment strategy. While Luke Chappell will predominantly provide large and medium-sized company ideas for the portfolio, Roland Arnold will continue to focus on higher-risk small and medium-sized businesses. They will run a concentrated portfolio, which allows each stock to have a greater impact on performance however this is a higher-risk strategy. The fund will also continue to have the backing of BlackRock's established and well-resourced UK equities team.

In our view, this change in management should not be taken as a signal to make any changes to a portfolio, providing the portfolio's objectives continue to be met. That said, we initially supported the fund due to the experience and stock-picking talent of Richard Plackett. In light of his upcoming departure, we feel it is prudent to remove the fund from the Wealth 150 list of our favourite funds across the major sectors. We will be meeting the new manager in due course, and at this point we will inform investors if our views change.

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Important information - Please remember the value of investments, and any income from them, can fall as well as rise so you could get back less than you invest. This article is provided to help you make your own investment decisions, it is not advice. If you are unsure of the suitability of an investment for your circumstances please seek advice. No news or research item is a personal recommendation to deal.


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