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Old Mutual UK Equity: diversified exposure to the UK market

Kate Marshall | Fri 06 November 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.

Recent events in China have muddied the outlook for economic growth in Western economies such as the UK, according to Simon Murphy, manager of the Old Mutual UK Equity Fund. That said, while he feels UK economic growth may have peaked, growth on the whole remains steady, underpinned by rising household incomes and modest corporate investment.

In summary

  • In light of recent stock market volatility, the manager has taken advantage of share price weakness. Four new companies have been added to the portfolio: IT companies Arm Holdings and Sage Group; emerging market debt specialist Ashmore Group; and building merchant Travis Perkins.
  • Simon Murphy has sold two companies: Anglo American and Aberdeen Asset Management, whose prospects have deteriorated significantly in his view.
  • The fund's resource-related holdings have recently acted as a drag on performance. Against a backdrop of falling commodity prices, holdings including Glencore, Genel and BP have suffered. A lack of exposure to some larger companies in defensive sectors such as tobacco and consumer staples, which have held up relatively well in a weak market, also held back returns.
  • Overall, the fund provides diversified exposure to a variety of sectors and its sector allocation does not tend to depart significantly from its benchmark, the FTSE All Share index. Therefore we would not expect its performance to deviate meaningfully from the broader market. The fund's concentrated portfolio allows each holding to have a meaningful impact, but it is a higher risk approach.

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Our view on this fund

Simon Murphy is an experienced investor, having managed UK equity portfolios since 2003. In managing this fund he is also able to draw upon Old Mutual's well-resourced UK team.

This fund offers core exposure to the UK stock market. However, we currently favour other managers in this sector with stronger track records and a more unconstrained investment approach, which we believe has greater potential to generate outperformance over the long term. As such, this fund does not currently feature on the Wealth 150 list of our favourite funds across the major sectors.

Find out more about this fund including how to invest

Please read the key features/key investor information document in addition to the information above.

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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