Fact sheet: BlackRock US Opps

Fund information
Fund name
BlackRock US Opportunities D Acc
Fund manager company
BlackRock
Fund type
Unit Trust
Fund managers
  • David Zhaosince 04/04/2017
  • Tony DeSpiritosince 04/04/2017
  • Franco Tapiasince 04/04/2017
Fund objective
The Fund aims to achieve long-term capital growth on your investment by investing primarily in the shares of medium and smaller companies which are incorporated in, or listed on, stock exchanges in the United States. Small and medium companies are companies which, at the time of purchase, form the bottom 30% of United States stock markets by market capitalisation. Market capitalisation is the share price of the company multiplied by the number of shares issued. The Fund has the flexibility to invest outside of the asset class and sector set out above.
Benchmark
  • S&P US MidSmallCap Index
Investment style
Growth
Investment method
Shares
Quick stats
1 Year return
31%
1 Year rank in sector
27/82
Sector
UT North America
Yield
0.3%
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.
0.94%
Fund size
£86m (£75m last year)
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.
115
Bid price
1005
Offer price
1007
Top in this sector
Fund name1 Year
VT De Lisle America43.7%
GAM North American Growth37.9%
Investec American35.7%
UBS US Equity34.5%
Artemis US Extd Al34.2%
...more in UT North America

Performance snapshot

Holdings snapshot

  • USA94.3%
    Money Market2.3%
    Israel2%
    Netherlands0.8%
    Canada0.7%
  • Information Technology20.6%
    Consumer Discretionary15.4%
    Financials11.5%
    Industrials11.2%
    Materials8.7%
  • US Equities95.6%
    Money Market1.5%
    Israeli Equities1.4%
    Dutch Equities0.8%
    Canadian Equities0.8%

Fund also available on these pension platforms:

Performance vs Sector

Cumulative performance
 1 mth3 mth6 mth1 yr3 yr5 yr
Fund-2.6%4.8%31%64.8%125%
Sector-0.8%2.3%6%29.2%66.5%118.6%
Rank within sector18 / 8838 / 8764 / 8627 / 8257 / 7432 / 63
Quartile1st2nd3rd2nd4th3rd
Calendar performance
 YTD - 20172016201520142013
Fund2.1%28.9%4.4%19.5%38.1%
Sector1.9%31.2%4.9%17.8%30.5%
Rank within sector35 / 8760 / 8149 / 7932 / 724 / 65
Quartile2nd3rd3rd2nd1st
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.
0.24
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.
1
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.
1.27
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%.
11.82
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.
3.74
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.
0.02
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.
0.9
Price movement
52 week high1047
52 week low746.8
Current bid price1005
Current offer price1007
Current mid price-
Region
1USA94.28%
2Money Market2.3%
3Israel1.95%
4Netherlands0.79%
5Canada0.68%
Industry sector
1Information Technology20.56%
2Consumer Discretionary15.42%
3Financials11.51%
4Industrials11.17%
5Materials8.71%
6Health Care7.89%
7Energy7.77%
8Real Estate6.34%
9Consumer Staples4.31%
Asset type
1US Equities95.56%
2Money Market1.54%
3Israeli Equities1.36%
4Dutch Equities0.79%
5Canadian Equities0.75%
Individual holdings
1ADVANCEPIERRE FOODS HLDGS INC1.4%
2HARTFORD FINANCIAL SERVICES GRP INC1.31%
3PROJECT RIDE PFD Prvt1.3%
4BANKUNITED INC1.27%
5DIAMONDBACK ENERGY INC1.2%
6SVB FINANCIAL GROUP1.2%
7PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES CO1.18%
8EQUINIX REIT INC1.16%
9QUEST DIAGNOSTICS INC1.13%
Management
Fund manager group
BlackRock
Fund manager company
BlackRock
Fund type
Unit Trust
Fund objective
The Fund aims to achieve long-term capital growth on your investment by investing primarily in the shares of medium and smaller companies which are incorporated in, or listed on, stock exchanges in the United States. Small and medium companies are companies which, at the time of purchase, form the bottom 30% of United States stock markets by market capitalisation. Market capitalisation is the share price of the company multiplied by the number of shares issued. The Fund has the flexibility to invest outside of the asset class and sector set out above.
Benchmark
  • S&P US MidSmallCap Index
Investment style
Growth
Investment method
Shares
Fund managers
NameSinceBiography
David Zhao04/04/2017
Tony DeSpirito04/04/2017Tony DeSpirito, Managing Director, is a member of the Fundamental Equity division of BlackRock's Alpha Strategies Group. He is a co-head of the BlackRock Equity Dividend team and co-portfolio manager of the BlackRock Equity Dividend Fund. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2014, Mr. DeSpirito worked at Pzena Investment Management, where he served as Managing Principal, portfolio manager and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Mr. DeSpirito was responsible for a suite of large-cap value, all-cap value and two hedge fund portfolios. Having managed value equity assets since 1996, Mr. DeSpirito served as a portfolio manager for the John Hancock Classic Value, PACE Large Company Value and Vanguard Windsor funds. Mr. DeSpirito earned a BA degree in economics with concentration in finance, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1990 and a JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1993.
Franco Tapia04/04/2017
Compliance
IA Recognised, UCITS IV Compliant
Domicile
No data available.
Fund for sale in
United Kingdom
BlackRock US Opportunities A Acc
Initial charge5%
Annual charge1.5%
Min single investment£500
Min regular saving£100
Available in ISAYes
Ongoing charge (OCF)1.69%
Total expense ratio (TER)1.69%
Bid price958.8
Offer price1009
Mid price-
CurrencyGBX
Price updated25/04/2017
TypeAccumulation
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeME42
BlackRock US Opportunities A Inc
Initial charge5%
Annual charge1.5%
Min single investment£500
Min regular saving£100
Available in ISAYes
Ongoing charge (OCF)1.69%
Total expense ratio (TER)1.69%
Bid price947
Offer price996.3
Mid price-
CurrencyGBX
Price updated25/04/2017
TypeIncome
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeME41
BlackRock US Opportunities D Acc
Initial charge-
Annual charge0.75%
Min single investment£100,000
Min regular saving£100
Available in ISAYes
Ongoing charge (OCF)0.94%
Total expense ratio (TER)0.93%
Bid price1005
Offer price1007
Mid price-
CurrencyGBX
Price updated25/04/2017
TypeAccumulation
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeGTZZ
BlackRock US Opportunities D Inc
Initial charge-
Annual charge0.75%
Min single investment£100,000
Min regular saving£100
Available in ISAYes
Ongoing charge (OCF)0.94%
Total expense ratio (TER)0.93%
Bid price987.9
Offer price989.8
Mid price-
CurrencyGBX
Price updated25/04/2017
TypeIncome
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeGU00
BlackRock US Opportunities D Inc NAV
Initial charge-
Annual charge0.75%
Min single investment£100,000
Min regular saving£100
Available in ISANo
Ongoing charge (OCF)0.94%
Total expense ratio (TER)-
Bid price-
Offer price-
Mid price989.8
CurrencyGBX
Price updated25/04/2017
TypeIncome
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeKGHW
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