Star fund managers in 2018's 'Hall of Fame'

18 April 2018

Investment research company Financial Express (FE) has revealed the 50 fund managers who have made it into its annual Hall of Fame - including several managers of Moneywise's First 50 Funds.

To make it into the Hall of Fame, which was launched in 2015, managers must have been consistently top-rated for the past seven years.

Some 21 of the managers in the list have retained their spot for the fourth year running. These include Jenny Jones, manager of the Schroder US Smaller Companies fund – who would have turned an investment of £1,000 into £1,909 over the past five years – and Harry Nimmo, manager of the Standard Life UK Smaller Companies fund, who would have turned an investment of £1,000 into £2,008 over the past five years.

They are joined by 13 new entrants including Teera Chanpongsang, manager of the Fidelity Emerging Asia fund, and Mike Fox, a sustainable investment specialist at Royal London.

Four new entrants to the Hall of Fame are also on the Moneywise First 50 Funds for beginner investors list. These are Liontrust’s Anthony Cross, Jupiter’s Ariel Bezalel, David Gait of Stewart Investors, and Mike Fox of Royal London. Other managers already on FE's list who are also on Moneywise's First 50 Funds list include Liontrust's Julian Fosh and Lindsell Train's Nick Train.

Charles Younes, research manager at FE, says: “Seven years of delivering consistent outperformance is a big ask, especially during prolonged periods of uncertainty and market volatility, so it’s very encouraging to see so many managers retaining their spot or joining this elite group for the first time.”

To make it into the list, managers are judged on their track record since 2000 on areas including how consistently they have performed better than their benchmark; how they have fared both when the stock market is rising and when it is falling; and their risk-adjusted alpha, which is the performance they have achieved based on the risk they have taken in their investment choices.

Mr Younes adds: “Investors can be confident that the performance of managers in the FE Hall of Fame is down to genuine skill and conviction, rather than luck.”

Some five of the entrants into the Hall of Fame are from investment group Fidelity, including Alex Wright, manager of the Special Situations fund, and Ian Spreadbury, manager of the Extra Income fund.

Investment houses Jupiter and Schroders each have two managers in the list who have appeared for the four years since it launched, including Andrew Brough, manager of the Schroder UK Mid Cap fund, and Algy Smith-Maxwell, manager of the Jupiter Merlin Growth Portfolio.

FE Alpha Manager Hall of Fame Members 2018:

Alex GrisposRuffer
Alex WrightFidelity
Alexander Darwall*Jupiter
Algy Smith-MaxwellJupiter
Alister HibbertBlackRock
Andrew BroughSchroders
Andrew C. GreenGAM
Anthony Cross*Liontrust
Ariel Bezalel*Jupiter
Barry NorrisArgonaut
Ben RussonFranklin Templeton
Daniel NickolsOld Mutual Global Investors
David BallanceRuffer
David DuddingColumbia Threadneedle
David Gait*Stewart Investors
Dr. Guy MorrellHSBC Global Asset Management
Francis BrookeTroy Asset Management
Giles Hargreave*Marlborough Fund Managers
Gordon GrenderGAM
Guy de BlonayJupiter
Harry NimmoAberdeen Standard Investments
Ian FishwickFidelity
Ian Spreadbury*Fidelity
James ThomsonRathbones
Jamie HamiltonM&G
Jenny JonesSchroders
John Chatfeild-RobertsJupiter
John LoFidelity
Julian Fosh*Liontrust
Leigh HimsworthFidelity
Mark BarnettInvesco
Mark MartinNeptune
Mark SlaterSlater Investments
Martin LauFirst State Investments
Mary McBainRuffer
Mike FoxRoyal London
Neil WoodfordWoodford Investment Management
Nick Train*Lindsell Train
Paul MarriageTellworth
Paul SpencerFranklin Templeton
Richard PeaseCRUX
Richard WoolnoughM&G
Rob BurnettNeptune
Robert SmithBaring Asset Management
Robin HepworthEdenTree Investment Management
Steve CordellSchroders
Steve RussellRuffer
Stuart MitchellSt. James's Place
Teera ChanpongsangFidelity
Tim WoodMcInroy & Wood Portfolios

* Fund managers who manage funds in Moneywise's First 50 Funds for beginners.


In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

I cannot see any names from Baillie Gifford and yet (to me) they appear to have the best performing funds. How odd!

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