For financial professionals in the UK

European Absolute Return Fund


GBP 181.50p
As of 25/11/20

1-Day Change
GBP -0.60p (-0.33%)
As of 25/11/20

Morningstar ratings are based on the representative share class of this fund and are dated to the last month-end upon availability from Morningstar.



The Fund aims to provide a positive (absolute) return, regardless of market conditions, over any 12 month period. A positive return is not guaranteed over this or any other time period, and particularly over the shorter term the Fund may experience periods of negative returns. Consequently your capital is at risk.
Performance target: To outperform the UK Base Interest Rate, after the deduction of charges, over any 3 year period.


The Fund invests in shares and makes extensive use of derivatives (complex financial instruments) to take both ‘long’ and ‘short’ positions in companies the investment manager believes will either rise in value (long positions) or fall in value (short positions) meaning that the Fund may benefit from either scenario.
The Fund will hold a significant proportion of its assets in cash and money market instruments as a result of holding derivatives and for when the investment manager wishes to take a defensive stance. Conversely, the Fund may also employ ‘leverage’ (so that the Fund can invest a greater amount than its actual value) when the investment manager has greater confidence in the opportunities available.
Typically, at least 80% of the exposure to the long and short positions (in aggregate) will be to companies of any size, in any industry, in Europe (including UK). Companies may be located or do most of their business in this region. The balance of the long and short exposure may be to companies outside this region.
The investment manager may also use derivatives (complex financial instruments) to reduce risk or to manage the Fund more efficiently.
The Fund is actively managed with reference to the UK Base Interest Rate as this forms the basis of the Fund’s performance target and the level above which performance fees may be charged (if applicable). The investment manager has complete discretion to choose investments for the Fund and is not constrained by a benchmark.


Please note: the fund may invest up to 20% in shares or derivatives of shares of companies outside Europe.

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Robert Schramm-Fuchs

Portfolio Manager

Industry since 2005. Joined Firm in 2014.

John Bennett

Director of European Equities | Portfolio Manager

Industry since 1987. Joined Firm in 2011.


Past performance is not a guide to future performance. All performance data includes both income and capital gains or losses and reflects the deduction of any ongoing charges or other fund expenses.
Discrete Performance (%)
As of 30/09/20
A Acc (Net) UK Base Interest Rate
Quarter End
As of 30/09/20
Sep-2019 - Sep-2020 Sep-2018 - Sep-2019 Sep-2017 - Sep-2018 Sep-2016 - Sep-2017 Sep-2015 - Sep-2016
A Acc (Net) 10.86% -0.56% -1.10% 7.48% -3.79%
UK Base Interest Rate 0.39% 0.75% 0.52% 0.25% 0.46%

Index Description

The UK Base Interest Rate is the interest rate set by the Bank of England. It is the performance target of the Fund and it provides a useful comparison against which the Fund's performance can be assessed over time.

Cumulative & Annualised Performance (%)
As of 31/10/20
A Acc (Net) UK Base Interest Rate
  Cumulative Annualised
1MO YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR Since Inception
A Acc (Net) 0.28% 4.74% 9.14% 2.77% 2.62% 5.05% 5.08%
UK Base Interest Rate 0.01% 0.21% 0.34% 0.55% 0.47% 0.48% 0.49%

Index Description

The UK Base Interest Rate is the interest rate set by the Bank of England. It is the performance target of the Fund and it provides a useful comparison against which the Fund's performance can be assessed over time.

Initial Charge 5.00%
Annual Charge 1.50%
Ongoing Charge
(As of 31/05/20)
Performance Fee 20% (with high water mark)


Top Holdings (As of 31/10/20)
Nestl 3.89
ASML 2.87
Geberit 2.76
Symrise 2.70
RWE 2.44
Flutter Entertainment 2.27
Merck 2.11
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton 2.04
AstraZeneca 2.02
VAT Group 2.00


  • ​The value of the Funds and the income from them is not guaranteed and may fall as well as rise. You may get back less than you originally invested.
  • ​Past performance is not a guide to future performance.
  • Third party data is believed to be reliable, but its completeness and accuracy is not guaranteed.
  • Shares can lose value rapidly, and typically involve higher risks than bonds or money market instruments. The value of your investment may fall as a result.
  • If a Fund has a high exposure to a particular country or geographical region it carries a higher level of risk than a Fund which is more broadly diversified.
  • The Fund may use derivatives towards the aim of achieving its investment objective. This can result in 'leverage', which can magnify an investment outcome and gains or losses to the Fund may be greater than the cost of the derivative. Derivatives also introduce other risks, in particular, that a derivative counterparty may not meet its contractual obligations.
  • If the Fund holds assets in currencies other than the base currency of the Fund or you invest in a share class of a different currency to the Fund (unless 'hedged'), the value of your investment may be impacted by changes in exchange rates.
  • Securities within the Fund could become hard to value or to sell at a desired time and price, especially in extreme market conditions when asset prices may be falling, increasing the risk of investment losses.
  • The Fund involves a high level of buying and selling activity and as such will incur a higher level of transaction costs than a fund that trades less frequently. These transaction costs are in addition to the Fund's Ongoing Charges.
  • The Fund could lose money if a counterparty with which it trades becomes unwilling or unable to meet its obligations to the Fund.
  • Funds incur costs as a necessary part of buying and selling the underlying investments, these are otherwise known as portfolio transaction costs, and include charges such as broker commission and Stamp Duty.
  • For detailed product information including the risks associated with investing please read the relevant Prospectus or Annual Report.
  • Before investing in any of our funds you should satisfy yourself as to the suitability and the risks involved.