Fact sheet: BlackRock US Opps

Fund information
Fund name
BlackRock US Opportunities D Acc
Fund manager company
BlackRock
Fund type
Unit Trust
Fund managers
  • Tom Callansince 31/08/2008
  • Ian Jamiesonsince 03/06/2013
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
26.1%
1 Year rank in sector
57/82
Sector
UT North America
Yield
0.1%
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
£81m (£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.
113
Bid price
959.6
Offer price
961.6
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VT De Lisle America54.2%
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Aviva Inv US Eq Inc II40%
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Performance snapshot

Holdings snapshot

  • USA96.2%
    Money Market2.2%
    Netherlands1.6%
  • Information Technology18.4%
    Consumer Discretionary13.8%
    Financials11.4%
    Industrials10.6%
    Energy9%
  • US Equities96.2%
    Money Market2.2%
    Dutch Equities1.6%

Fund also available on these pension platforms:

Performance vs Sector

Cumulative performance
 1 mth3 mth6 mth1 yr3 yr5 yr
Fund4.2%8%22.1%26.1%60.3%126.4%
Sector3%8.1%21.7%27.2%59.6%121.4%
Rank within sector28 / 8963 / 8755 / 8357 / 8251 / 7332 / 64
Quartile2nd3rd3rd3rd3rd2nd
Calendar performance
 YTD - 20162015201420132012
Fund25.7%4.4%19.5%38.1%3.1%
Sector26.6%4.9%17.8%30.5%6.9%
Rank within sector58 / 8250 / 8031 / 734 / 6661 / 64
Quartile3rd3rd2nd1st4th
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.
0.75
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.
1.01
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.
1.08
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%.
12.27
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.
4.45
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.
0.18
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.
0.87
Price movement
52 week high970.1
52 week low651.6
Current bid price959.6
Current offer price961.6
Current mid price-
Region
1USA96.2%
2Money Market2.2%
3Netherlands1.6%
Industry sector
1Information Technology18.43%
2Consumer Discretionary13.79%
3Financials11.43%
4Industrials10.55%
5Energy8.98%
6Health Care7.89%
7Real Estate7.25%
8Consumer Staples7.22%
9Materials6.03%
Asset type
1US Equities96.2%
2Money Market2.2%
3Dutch Equities1.6%
Individual holdings
1HARTFORD FINANCIAL SERVICES GRP INC2.16%
2NXP SEMICONDUCTORS NV1.6%
3ROSS STORES INC1.34%
4VENTAS INC1.34%
5PROJECT RIDE PFD Prvt1.33%
6ADVANCEPIERRE FOODS HLDGS INC1.32%
7MOLSON COORS BREWING CO1.31%
8REINSURANCE GROUP OF AMERICA1.3%
9STANLEY BLACK & DECKER INC1.3%
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
Tom Callan31/08/2008Thomas P. Callan, CFA, Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager, is head of BlackRock's Global Opportunities equity team. He oversees the team's investment process, leads the team's Investment Strategy Group, and provides portfolio and risk management oversight for all of the team's products. In addition, Mr. Callan is a member of BlackRock's Leadership Committee. Mr. Callan's service with the firm dates back to 1988, including his years with PNC Asset Management Group, which was integrated with BlackRock in 1998. He started as a health care analyst for PNC's mutual fund group and later served as an international equity analyst. Mr. Callan began his investment career at PNC Bank as a personal trust portfolio manager in 1988. Mr. Callan earned a BA degree in economics, with honors, from Boston College in 1981.
Ian Jamieson03/06/2013Ian Jamieson, CFA, Managing Director and portfolio manager, is a member of BlackRock's Global Opportunities equity team. He is lead portfolio manager for the consumer durables, retail, autos and telecom industries. He is also a product manager for Global and International equity portfolios, and a member of the team's Investment Strategy Group. Mr. Jamieson moved to his current role in 2003. He was previously a member of BlackRock's large cap core equity and Operations teams. Before joining BlackRock in 1999, Mr. Jamieson was a client relationship manager with Morgan Stanley Institutional Investment Management from 1996 to 1999. He began his career as an investment broker at RAF Financial in 1995. Mr. Jamieson earned a BS degree in finance from Pennsylvania State University in 1995.
Compliance
IA Recognised, UCITS IV Compliant
Domicile
No data available.
Fund for sale in
United Kingdom, Jersey
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 price918
Offer price966
Mid price-
CurrencyGBX
Price updated08/12/2016
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 price906.7
Offer price954.1
Mid price-
CurrencyGBX
Price updated08/12/2016
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 price959.6
Offer price961.6
Mid price-
CurrencyGBX
Price updated08/12/2016
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 price945.7
Offer price947.7
Mid price-
CurrencyGBX
Price updated08/12/2016
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 price947.7
CurrencyGBX
Price updated08/12/2016
TypeIncome
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeKGHW
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