Our philosophy and process

Our investment philosophy acknowledges that investing is inherently probabilistic in nature. We believe a focus on sustainable dividends leans the statistics to our advantage, reflecting the powerful evidence that dividends, and the reinvestment of dividends, represent the dominant sources of long-term real returns in markets across the world.

The disciplines of our investment process aim to capture and enhance the statistical tailwind of dividends in three ways. First, our strict yield discipline seeks to ensure that every stock and the portfolio as a whole always compound at a higher yield than that of the market. This provides an objective discipline which prevents stock ‘love affairs’ and other behavioral impediments. Second, we look to enhance this tailwind by ensuring underlying cash flows are sustainable and have the ability to suffer without threatening the dividend. Third, we aim to enhance this further still by capturing a valuation margin of safety.

Individually, these three features of yield, sustainability and valuation are statistically attractive and easy to find. However, in combination they are rare and typically require some element of controversy. Our process therefore focuses on identifying key ‘buckets’ of controversy where we believe the market repeatedly offers up such opportunities.

Investment team

Our Sustainable Global Equity Income strategy 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. Our dedicated responsible investment team is an integral part of the investment decision-making process. Guided by our global investment themes, the team works together to identify opportunities and risks through research and debate.

17
years' average investment experience
9
years' average time at Newton

Strategy profile

Objective

The strategy seeks to outperform the MSCI World NDR Index by more than 2% per annum over rolling 5-year periods, by achieving income and capital growth from a global portfolio comprised of companies that typically yield at least 25% greater than the FTSE W World Index yield, and which demonstrate attractive investment attributes and sustainable business practices.*

*In order to prevent the portfolio from being unable to buy or being a forced seller of securities that have suspended their dividend purely owing to the Covid-19 situation, a new additional buy and sell discipline basket has been created specifically for such securities, which temporarily overrides the strategy’s security-level yield-based disciplines. Securities falling into this basket may be purchased or continue to be held providing there is a reasonable expectation that any dividends will be reinstated at a level consistent with the strategy’s yield criteria. The rationale for each affected security will be reviewed at least every six months.

Performance benchmark

MSCI World NDR Index (total return), FTSE W World Index (yield criteria)

Typical number of equity holdings

30 to 60


Strategy size


Below $350m (as at March 31, 2020)

Strategy inception

July 18, 2019
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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.

Key investment risks

 

  • There is no guarantee that the strategy will achieve its objective.
  • This strategy invests in international markets which means it is exposed to changes in currency rates which could affect the value of the strategy.
  • The strategy may use derivatives to generate returns as well as to reduce costs and/or the overall risk of the strategy. Using derivatives can involve a higher level of risk. A small movement in the price of an underlying investment may result in a disproportionately large movement in the price of the derivative investment.
  • The strategy invests in emerging markets. These markets have additional risks due to less developed market practices.
  • A fall in the value of a single investment may have a significant impact on the value of the strategy because it typically invests in a limited number of investments.
  • The strategy may invest in small companies which may be riskier and less liquid (i.e. harder to sell) than large companies. This means that their share prices may have greater fluctuations.
  • The strategy follows a sustainable investment approach, which may cause it to perform differently to strategies that have a similar objective but which do not integrate sustainable investment criteria when selecting securities.