Our philosophy and process
- The Fund has a policy of no direct investment in companies which derive more than 10% turnover from tobacco.
- Environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are integrated throughout the research process and via proprietary quality reviews, to ensure that any material issues are captured.
Every time we consider a security or look at an industry or country, it’s in the context of what’s happening across the world. We believe the investment landscape is shaped over the long term by some key trends, and we use a range of global investment themes to capture these.
The Newton Growth and Income Fund for Charities is managed by an experienced team. Our global sector analysts and investment managers are located on a single floor in London, which helps to ensure that the investment process is flexible and opportunistic. Guided by our global investment themes, the team works together to identify opportunities and risks through research and debate.
- years' average investment experience
Portfolio manager, UK Equities and Multi-Asset
Portfolio manager, Multi-Asset team
So the Fund had a good quarter in the third quarter of the year, strongly outperforming its benchmark, largely driven by our holdings in equities – some of our health-care holdings such as Abbott Laboratories and Novartis did particularly well in the period; some of our technology holdings – Microsoft – continued to do well, and our holding in the media sector – Wolters Kluwer – also continued to perform well for the Fund, so they were the major performance contributors. Some of the stocks we had did detract a little from performance, so some of our semiconductor holdings were weak – Infineon and Applied Materials – as investors started to worry that the semiconductor cycle had started to roll over a little bit, but overall the Fund had a very strong quarter. In terms of income, pleased to say that the Fund generated a slightly increased level of income on an annual basis, when we look at the first three quarters of this year relative to the same period last year, so from an income point of view also producing a good result.
It was relatively quiet period for portfolio movements and transactions over the summer months; we did add two new stocks to the portfolio. There had been a little bit of weakness coming through in the results for both BBA Aviation and Informa, which is a global exhibitions company. We believe that those weaker short-term results mask what we think are strong, longer-term businesses, and so we added those two stocks into the portfolio. We did take some profits on some of our more strongly performing stocks over the period, the ones that I mentioned and had contributed to the strong performance, but overall we ended the period with our equity weightings a little bit lower and our cash weightings a little bit higher than when we started the period.
Investment strategy and outlook
So in terms of outlook, the third quarter saw the 10th anniversary of the Lehman’s bankruptcy, and what we saw in the period post the Lehman’s bankruptcy was globally coordinated action to stabilise the financial system. What we’re seeing now is countries increasingly acting in their own self-interest, which is a very different response to the response that we’ve seen over the past decade. Now whilst we continue to see a number of disruptive and structural changes that are going on in the global economy – largely driven by technological change, the outlook for global growth, for relative currency valuations, and for the returns that we’re going to see from financial markets, are increasingly dependent now on how countries interact with each other and how they trade with each other, and so the outcome of the Brexit negotiations and the tug of war in terms of the trade deal between the US and China are likely to be key really now, I think, in determining the kind of financial returns that we see from markets, certainly over the short term.
- To maximise returns through capital growth and income. To deliver a minimum target income yield of 3% per annum. This income yield is a target and is not guaranteed.
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Past performance is not a guide to future performance. Your capital may be at risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the original amount invested. Tax treatment depends on the individual circumstances of each client and may be subject to change in the future. Newton is not a tax expert and independent tax advice should be sought. You should read the Prospectus and the Key Investor Information Document (KIID) for each fund in which you want to invest. The Prospectus and KIID can be found on this page.
Key investment risks
- Objective/performance risk: There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its objectives.
- Currency risk: This Fund invests in international markets which means it is exposed to changes in currency rates which could affect the value of the Fund.
- Derivatives risk: Derivatives are highly sensitive to changes in the value of the asset from which their value is derived. A small movement in the value of the underlying asset can cause a large movement in the value of the derivative. This can increase the sizes of losses and gains, causing the value of your investment to fluctuate. When using derivatives, the Fund can lose significantly more than the amount it has invested in derivatives.
- Changes in interest rates & inflation risk: Investments in bonds/money market securities are affected by interest rates and inflation trends which may negatively affect the value of the Fund.
- Credit risk: The issuer of a security held by the Fund may not pay income or repay capital to the Fund when due.
- Charges to capital: The Fund takes its charges from the capital of the Fund. Investors should be aware that this has the effect of lowering the capital value of your investment and limiting the potential for future capital growth. On redemption, you may not receive back the full amount you initially invested.
- Counterparty risk: The insolvency of any institutions providing services such as custody of assets or acting as a counterparty to derivatives or other contractual arrangements, may expose the Fund to financial loss