Structural tailwinds from economic rebuilding - fiscal stimulus, targeted infrastructure spending and the potential re-emergence of inflation in parts of the economy have formed an accelerating structural trend. The need to rebuild economies with more than just interest rate cuts, coupled with the political capital to be won from investing (rather than more austerity), make greater fiscal spending a likely tailwind for a number of years. We’ve added Wood Group, IMI and Redrow to the portfolio.
Pockets of overvaluation - the strong market recovery in the second half of 2020 has once again led to pockets of overvaluation. Whilst our preference is always for companies that can see meaningful growth in the medium and long term, we remain disciplined on what we are prepared to pay for them. We sold Experian and Ferguson on valuation grounds.
ESG matters - Our ESG discussions revolve around our proprietary ESG scorecard which forms a crucial component of our quality control process. During 2020 the team had 114 engagements with companies in the form of 1-1 meetings, emails and wider collaborations. As a result of our work, the Fund has an MSCI ESG rating of AA, placing it in the top 4% of funds rated by MSCI globally.
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Rachel co-manages the JOHCM UK Opportunities Fund alongside Michael Ulrich. Rachel has been working on the UK Opportunities strategy since she joined JOHCM in 2012. Prior to joining JOHCM, Rachel worked for Goldman Sachs where she was a Lead Sector Analyst in the Global Investment Research Division. Before that she worked as an Analyst at Stifel and in Global Banking and Markets at RBS. Rachel holds an MA in Geography from The University of Oxford and is a CFA Charterholder.
Michael co-manages the JOHCM UK Opportunities Fund alongside Rachel Reutter. Michael has been working on the UK Opportunities strategy since he joined JOHCM in 2015. Prior to joining JOHCM, Michael spent nine years at F&C where he built a strong track record as lead manager on a number of concentrated UK Equity portfolios. Before that he worked as an analyst and fund manager at Deutsche Asset Management. Michael holds an BA in Law and Politics and is a CFA Charterholder.
14 years’ industry experience, joined Regnan in June 2020.
Tim Crockford leads the Regnan Equity Impact Solutions team. He previously managed the Hermes Impact Opportunities Equity Fund from its launch in December 2017, having co-founded the Hermes Impact team in 2016. Tim joined Hermes Investment Management in 2009 as a research analyst for the European Equities team and became lead portfolio manager of the ESG-integrated Hermes Europe ex-UK Equity Fund in 2015, which he also managed until he left Hermes.
13 years’ industry experience, joined Regnan in May 2020.
Mohsin is a fund manager dedicated to the strategy. He was previously a senior analyst on the Hermes Impact Opportunities Equity Fund, having joined Hermes in 2017. Prior to Hermes, Mohsin was an investment manager in Global Equities at Pictet Asset Management. At Pictet his experience included working on thematic equity funds including Water, Clean Energy and Agriculture.
10 years’ industry experience, joined Regnan in May 2020.
Maxime is an investment analyst dedicated to the strategy. He has a decade of experience in sustainable investment. Previously, as an investment analyst at Hermes from 2016, he participated in the design, launch and management of the Hermes Impact Opportunities Equity Fund. Prior to this he led the integration of ESG and stewardship across investment strategies.
6 years’ industry experience, joined Regnan in April 2020.
Maxine is an investment analyst dedicated to the strategy. She was previously an analyst on the Hermes Impact Opportunities Equity Fund. Maxime transferred to the Hermes Impact team in 2016, having initially joined the Hermes EOS team in 2014. She headed up the chemicals sector team, while also focusing on the financial services, industrials and technology sectors.