In the latest Money Makers podcast, our series of in-depth conversations with leading professional investors, Jonathan Davis talks to experienced stockpicker Paul Mumford, who has been running what is now the £150m Cavendish Opportunities Fund, a small and midcap specialist, since 1988. Paul is also the author of a recently published book, The Stock Picker, which look backs entertainingly over the highs and lows of his 50-year career in the financial markets and explains why he is not too worried (yet) about Brexit, higher interest rates or Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister. He also discusses some of his favourite investment themes at present.
In the latest Money Makers podcast Jonathan Davis returns to talk to a fund manager whose multi-cap equity fund has the distinction, according to research by FE Trustnet, of having outperformed its benchmark in every rolling five year period since 2000 – one of only two funds out of several hundred in the UK All Companies sector to have done so. The fund manager in question is Richard Hallett, whose Marlborough UK Multi-Cap Growth fund, has as its name suggests the freedom to invest across the UK market spectrum, from the Footsie 100 index all the way down to AIM. The fund has returned more than 325% since 2000, when it was originally run by Giles Hargreave, and 295% since 2005 when Richard Hallett took it over. I last caught up with this fund manager just over a year ago, before the Brexit referendum.
In our latest Money Makers podcast Chris Sexton, Investment Director of Saunderson House, a fee-based wealth management firm, offers founder and editor Jonathan Davis his perspective on the outlook for markets, cautions against reading too much into media headlines and explains why investment returns are likely to be lower from here. Saunderson House specialises in providing financial planning and portfolio management services to private clients, including many lawyers, accountants and other City professionals.
In our latest Money Makers podcast we turn our attention to venture capital trusts, specialist investment vehicles which put investors’ capital to work in higher risk, early-stage businesses. VCTs, as they are known, offer significant potential tax benefits for those prepared to risk their money in this way. This year the marketing of VCTs has started earlier than normal. Why is that – and what else do potential investors need to know about the VCT market this year? Are the tax benefits worth the rewards? Chris Hutchinson, lead manager of the £150m Unicorn AIM VCT, the largest VCT specialising in AIM-listed companies, is the man on the other side of the microphone for this in-depth discussion.