Fact sheet: Foreign & Colonial IT

Rated Fund Information
Rated Funds Group
?Money Observer has arranged all its Rated Funds into easy to understand Rated Fund Groups, comprising funds and investment trusts.
GLOBAL GROWTH
Sector
IT Global
Fund type
Investment Trust
Primary aim
GROWTH
Why Money Observer Rates Foreign & Colonial IT

Rated Fund 2015-2017. New broom revamps UK's oldest trust

Established in 1868, Foreign & Colonial is the UK's oldest investment trust. It has been managed since 2014 by Paul Niven, who decides where to allocate its assets and its level of gearing. Since then the trust's performance has showed a marked improvement.

Describing itself as conservatively managed, the trust's aim is 'to be at the centre of an investor's portfolio as part of a wider investment solution'. Besides its long-term growth objective, it has a long history of annual dividend increases going back 46 years. It is highly diversified, currently investing in over 500 companies in 35 countries.

Its international focus was emphasised in 2014 when the board decided to reduce the trust's UK exposure as part of a strategy towards establishing a truly global portfolio. It is now less than 10 per cent invested in the UK. Its current investment approach is to blend direct investment with the use of external funds, combining F&C's stock selection expertise with that of other fund managers.

The trust's portfolio is divided into different strategies reflecting regional and global exposures. With the agreement of the board, Niven can delegate investment portfolio strategies to external managers when this is expected to result in better investment performance.

Two external managers, Barrow Hanley and T Rowe Price, currently manage the North America large and mid-sized equity portfolios. The global multi-manager portfolio comprises funds selected by F&C's specialist multi-manager team. The private equity portfolio has been managed externally, but more use is to be made of F&C's own expertise in future.

3 Year Performance
Fund Performance49.5%
Average of Rated Funds Group54.7%
Sector Performance53%
Fund information
Fund name
Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust Ord
Fund manager company
F&C (BMO Global Asset Manageme
Fund type
Investment Trust
Fund managers
  • Paul Nivensince 31/05/2014
Accolades
Fund objective
The objective of the trust is to secure long-term growth in capital and income through a policy of investing primarily in an internationally diversified portfolio of publicly listed equities, as well as unlisted securities and private equity, with the use of gearing.
Benchmark
  • FTSE All World
Investment style
Growth
Investment method
No data available.
Quick stats
1 Year return
16.3%
1 Year rank in sector
8/22
Sector
IT Global
Yield
1.6%
Ongoing charge (OCF)
?A fund’s ongoing charges figure (OCF) is similar to the old-style total expense ratio. It reflects the annual charge to investors in the fund, in percentage terms, but does not include extra performance-related fees (where these are levied) or the fund’s trading expenses on its underlying investments.
0.79%
Fund size
£3,497m
FE Risk score
?FE Risk Scores measure the riskiness of instruments relative to the FTSE 100 index of shares. Weekly volatility is measured over three years with recent behaviour counting more heavily than earlier behaviour. Cash-type investments will have scores close to zero. Funds will tend to have scores in the 0-150 range. The FTSE 100 is always scored at 100. There is no upper limit.
98
Mid price
645
NAV
?Net asset value. The NAV per share may be higher or lower than the share price, which in turn is trading at either a discount or a premium to NAV.
667.74
Discount/Premium
?When the market price of an investment trust’s shares is less than the net asset value (NAV) per share then it is trading at a discount to NAV. A trust’s shares are on a premium when they trade at a higher price than the NAV.
-3.41
Gearing
?Investment trusts have the ability to borrow money which they invest with the aim of generating a higher return than the cost of the loan. An ungeared trust has a figure of 100. A figure of 110 would represent a trust with 10% gearing.
107
Top in this sector
Fund name1 Year
Independent Investment Trust64.4%
Edinburgh Ww IT PLC41.5%
Sct Mtg IT PLC32%
Monks IT PLC27.5%
Lazard World Trust21.9%
...more in IT Global

Performance snapshot

Holdings snapshot

  • North America48.4%
    Europe ex UK19%
    Global Emerging Markets13.5%
    Japan11.2%
    UK5.5%
  • No data available.
  • North American Equities48.4%
    Europe ex UK Equities19%
    Global Emerging Market Equities13.5%
    Japanese Equities11.2%
    UK Equities5.5%

Performance vs Sector

Cumulative performance
 1 mth3 mth6 mth1 yr3 yr5 yr
Fund-3%2.6%6.8%16.3%49.5%103.2%
Sector-3.8%0.9%5.7%15.4%53%85.5%
Rank within sector6 / 224 / 227 / 228 / 2210 / 227 / 22
Quartile2nd1st2nd2nd2nd2nd
Calendar performance
 YTD - 20182017201620152014
Fund0.1%21%23.7%9%13.5%
Sector-1.4%23.5%21.1%6.8%7.4%
Rank within sector6 / 2211 / 2210 / 2210 / 225 / 22
Quartile2nd2nd2nd2nd1st
Risk statistics
Alpha
?Alpha is a measure of a fund's over- or under-performance by comparison to its benchmark. If the Alpha is 5, the fund has outperformed its benchmark by 5%; so the greater the Alpha, the greater the outperformance.
0.52
Beta
?Beta estimates a fund's volatility by comparison to that of its benchmark. A fund with a beta close to 1 means that the fund will move generally in line with the benchmark. Higher than 1 and the fund is more volatile than the benchmark and vice versa.
0.92
Sharpe
?This commonly-used measure calculates the level of return over and above the return of a notional risk-free investment, such as cash. The difference in returns is then divided by the fund's volatility. The resulting ratio is an indication of the amount of excess return generated per unit of risk.
1.32
Volatility
?Volatility (or standard deviation), when applied to an investment fund, expresses its risk. It shows how widely a range of returns varied from the fund's average return over a particular period. For example, if a fund had an average return of 5%, and its volatility was 15, this would mean that the range of its returns over the period had swung between +20% and -10%.
9.42
Tracking error
?This measures the standard deviation of a fund's excess returns over the returns of an index or benchmark portfolio. As such, it can be an indication of 'riskiness' in the manager's investment style. A Tracking Error below 2 suggests a passive approach. At 3 and above the the manager will be deploying a more active investment style.
5.22
Information ratio
?This is a useful risk-adjusted measure of actively managed fund performance. It is calculated by deducting the returns of the fund's benchmark from the fund's overall returns, then dividing the result by its tracking error. The higher the Information Ratio the better. It is generally considered that a figure of 0.5 reflects a good performance, 0.75 very good, and 1.00 outstanding.
-0.15
R-Squared
?An indication of how closely correlated a fund is to an index or a benchmark. Values for R-Squared range between 0 and 1, with 0 indicating no correlation at all and 1 showing a perfect match. Values upwards of 0.7 suggest that the fund's behaviour is increasingly linked to its benchmark.
0.69
Price movement
52 week high672
52 week low555.5
Current bid price645
Current offer price646
Current mid price645
Region
1North America48.4%
2Europe ex UK19%
3Global Emerging Markets13.5%
4Japan11.2%
5UK5.5%
6Pacific ex-Japan1.8%
7Money Market0.6%
Industry sector
No data available.
Asset type
1North American Equities48.4%
2Europe ex UK Equities19%
3Global Emerging Market Equities13.5%
4Japanese Equities11.2%
5UK Equities5.5%
6Asia Pacific ex Japan Equities1.8%
7Money Market0.6%
Individual holdings
1PANTHEON EUROPE FUND V0.8%
2ARTEMIS US EXTENDED ALPHA I ACC GBP0.6%
3CONVENTUM LYRICAL FUND0.6%
4FINDLAY PK FDS FP AMER0.5%
5HARBOURVEST PARTNERS VENTURES VIII FUND0.5%
6HARBOURVEST PARTNERS VIII BUYOUT FUND0.5%
7ISHARES CORE MSCI EMERGING MARKETS0.5%
8PANTHEON ASIA FUND V0.5%
9HERMES GLOBAL EMERGING MARKETS F ACC CHF0.4%
Management
Fund manager group
F&C
Fund manager company
F&C (BMO Global Asset Manageme
Fund type
Investment Trust
Fund objective
The objective of the trust is to secure long-term growth in capital and income through a policy of investing primarily in an internationally diversified portfolio of publicly listed equities, as well as unlisted securities and private equity, with the use of gearing.
Benchmark
  • FTSE All World
Investment style
Growth
Investment method
No data available.
Fund managers
NameSinceBiography
Paul Niven31/05/2014Paul Niven is Head of Multi-Asset Investment and Fund Manager of the Foreign and Colonial Investment Trust. Paul joined the firm in 1996 and has worked in Asset Allocation and Investment Strategy since 1999, after undertaking a fund management position in Pacific Basin Equities. Paul has had responsibility for the management of Multi-Asset mandates within the group since 2002 and is Chair of the Investment Policy Group. He is responsible for strategic and tactical portfolio construction as well as manager selection across a variety of institutional mandates. Paul graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Economics, obtained an MPhil in Finance, and is a member of the UK CFA Institute.
Compliance
AIC Member, Transparent for Swiss Tax
Domicile
No data available.
Fund for sale in
United Kingdom
Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust NAV
Initial charge-
Annual charge-
Min single investment£0
Min regular saving£0
Available in ISANo
Ongoing charge (OCF)-
Total expense ratio (TER)-
Bid price-
Offer price-
Mid price667.74
CurrencyGBX
Price updated19/02/2018
TypeAccumulation
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeFP57
Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust Ord
Initial charge-
Annual charge-
Min single investment£0
Min regular saving£0
Available in ISANo
Ongoing charge (OCF)-
Total expense ratio (TER)-
Bid price-
Offer price-
Mid price667.74
CurrencyGBX
Price updated19/02/2018
TypeIncome
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeNJFV
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