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M&G Recovery Inclusive - Class X - Accumulation (GBP)

Sell:275.85p Buy:275.85p Change: 6.23p (2.31%)
Prices as at 24 November 2020
Change: 6.23p (2.31%)
You can buy or sell holdings in this fund through a Stocks and Shares ISA, Lifetime ISA, SIPP or Fund and Share Account
Prices as at 24 November 2020
Change: 6.23p (2.31%)
Prices as at 24 November 2020
You can buy or sell holdings in this fund through a Stocks and Shares ISA, Lifetime ISA, SIPP or Fund and Share Account
The selling price currently displayed is higher than the buying price. This can occur temporarily for a variety of reasons; shortly before the market opens, after the market closes or because of extraordinary price volatility during the trading day.

Our view on this Fund

This fund does not feature on the Wealth Shortlist of funds our analysts believe have the potential to outperform their peers over the long term. This is not a recommendation to sell; however, if you are thinking of adding to your investments, we believe the Wealth Shortlist is a good place to start. View funds on the Wealth Shortlist »

Tom Dobell tries to invest in companies that have fallen upon hard times, but where there is scope for a recovery. This 'value' style of investing has largely been out of favour for much of the past decade, so we'd expect some underperformance from Dobell's fund.

However, in periods where his investment style has returned to favour, the fund's performance has shown little improvement.

The manager also recently increased exposure to early-stage businesses, arguing that their low valuations and future potential justify their positions in the portfolio. The danger is that these smaller investments take up too much of the manager's time and the rest of the portfolio suffers.

Overall, we feel there are lots of talented fund managers in the UK All-Companies sector and we currently have greater conviction in others to deliver strong performance over the long run.

Our view on the sector

The UK stock market is home to lots of world-class companies. From international giants to a diverse array of smaller businesses. This provides a rich hunting ground for fund managers in this sector. They all try to grow investors' money over the long term, but each goes about it in a different way. Some focus on larger companies in the FTSE 100 index, others invest in medium-sized or smaller companies, and some have the flexibility to invest in any company, regardless of size. Some aim to match or deliver a return similar to the broader UK stock market. Others have the freedom to try and make as much money as possible for investors and take more risks. That could mean investing in only a small number of companies, for instance. A fund that invests in UK shares is normally the first port of call for UK-based investors. But with such a variety on offer, investors should make sure a fund is right for their circumstances before investing.

Performance Analysis

Tom Dobell joined M&G as a fund manager in 1992 and has run this fund since March 2000. He's got plenty of experience but his fund's performance has struggled in recent years. Over this time, companies undergoing temporary issues have largely been shunned by the wider market. The fund has also suffered from a few company specific disappointments. Tom Dobell continues to see plenty of potential in the companies he's investing in.

Investment Philosophy

Tom Dobell focuses on the prospects for individual companies rather than what's happening in the wider economy. He looks for unloved companies that have fallen out-of-favour, but where there's scope for a transformation in fortunes.

Process and Portfolio Construction

The manager thinks company management is key to the success of a corporate recovery. He looks for trustworthy management teams with solid business plans capable of turning their company's fortunes around.

He takes a long-term view and is willing to invest in companies for a number of years. The fund invests in around 80-100 companies and tends to have a bias towards higher-risk small and medium-sized ones. The fund can also invest in companies listed on AIM (the junior market of the London Stock Exchange), which can be more illiquid (difficult to buy and sell).

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Fund Track Record

24/11/15 to 24/11/16 24/11/16 to 24/11/17 24/11/17 to 24/11/18 24/11/18 to 24/11/19 24/11/19 to 24/11/20
Annual return 13.43% 11.19% -6.72% -1.78% -9.59%

Please remember past performance is not a guide to future returns. Where no data is shown, figures are not available. This information is provided to help you choose your own investments, remember they can fall as well as rise in value so you may not get back the original amount invested.

Fund Management Group Comment

M&G was established in 1931, and is today one of the largest active investors in the UK. In 1999 M&G was acquired by Prudential, one of the largest financial services providers in the UK and Europe. M&G is an autonomous business unit within the Prudential Group, retaining its own style but benefiting from the advantages of belonging to a large parent company.

M&G is not interested in chasing 'hot stocks' or market fashions. Its fund managers invest for the long term and have the freedom to think independently and act on their convictions. They are also backed by M&G's extensive experience and in-house research capabilities, across all key asset classes - equities, fixed interest and commercial property. One sector in which M&G has been particularly successful is in corporate bonds.

Information about the fund

Fund manager biography

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Manager Name: Tom Dobell
Manager start date: 31 March 2000
Manager located in: london

Tom Dobell joined M&G in 1992 as a UK equity manager on the segregated pension fund desk where he was responsible for managing assets for 16 pension fund clients. In March 2000, Tom became fund manager of the M&G Recovery Fund. Before joining M&G, he worked for Phillips & Drew (PDFM) as a fund manager within the charity and small pension fund division. Tom graduated from agricultural college in 1986.

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Manager Name: Michael Stiasny
Manager start date: 31 March 2000
Manager located in: London

Michael Stiasny is the fund manager of Charifund and, since 1 April 2018, of the M&G UK Income Distribution Fund. He is also deputy fund manager of both the M&G Recovery Fund and the M&G Global Recovery Fund. He joined M&G in 1998 as an equity analyst, becoming head of the pan-European equity research team in 2005. He was appointed deputy fund manager of the M&G Recovery Fund in 2011. Michael graduated with a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford. He is a CFA charterholder.

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Manager Name: Elina Symon
Manager start date: 19 July 2019
Manager located in: TBC


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