There is a lot to lose and little to gain from market timing
I last wrote about the problems of so-called market timing in these pages in 2013 (Market timing: don't try this at home). With the Covid-19 pandemic dominating the news and recent volatility on world stock markets, you may have heard a lot about market timing again.
You may have seen some media articles about a new fund that we have recently registered, the Fundsmith Long/Short Fund. The fund has been set-up to manage a portion of Terry’s assets that had hitherto been invested in bonds where yields are now near zero. The fund is not run by Terry Smith or being marketed to investors.
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We now have a fully-fledged economic crisis caused by the reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic. What should you do about it in terms of investment?
"Celui qui investit dans de bonnes entreprises n'a pas de souci à se faire, même lors d'une crise telle que celle-ci." C'est ce qu'affirme le gestionnaire de fonds britannique Terry Smith, à qui ses performances boursières ont valu le surnom de Warren Buffett européen.
‘De forse beursverliezen door de coronacrisis zeggen meer over de tijdelijke massahysterie van de maatschappij dan over beleggen. Wie belegt in goede bedrijven moet zich geen zorgen maken, ook niet in crisistijden als deze.' Dat zegt de Britse fondsbeheerder Terry Smith, die door zijn beursprestaties de Europese Warren Buffett wordt genoemd.
Beware of emails purporting to be from Fundsmith which have fake reply addresses using the domains;
Technically speaking, Terry Smith is not a hedge fund manager. The UK based fund manager, founded and manages the Fundsmith Fund, which today manages more than $20 billion of assets for clients, which mostly include small UK-based investors.
Fundsmith LLP (‘Fundsmith’), the fund management company founded by Terry Smith, announces the appointment of Scott Chivers as Sales Director to independent financial advisors (‘IFAs’), strengthening its customer relationship team.
Fundsmith is aware of an article published in The Sunday Times on 24 March 2019 alleging that we fail to abide by FCA rules on portfolio disclosure. Fundsmith has always prided itself on being at the vanguard of investor communications and The Sunday Times has now published a prominent apology.
On 24th March, The Sunday Times wrote an article suggesting that we were in breach of the FCA rules by failing to publish our full portfolio online. Today they have published a prominent apology, confirming there is no FCA or other obligation to do so and that we disclose our full portfolio of investments upon request. As we informed them ahead of publication of the original article, The Sunday Times has confirmed that we are not in breach. “We apologise to Mr Smith for this error.”
Tumult, turbulence and turmoil are just the words beginning with the letter T used by commentators to describe the behaviour of stock markets in October. I think it’s always good to look at the definition of the words we are being asked to accept. For example: turmoil, noun: a state of great disturbance, confusion, or uncertainty . synonyms: confusion, upheaval(s), turbulence, tumult, disorder.
As an equity fund manager, questioning the investment myth that equities outperform bonds is the equivalent of coprolalia, an occasional characteristic of Tourette’s syndrome in which the sufferer involuntarily utters socially inappropriate remarks.
There seems to be something so alluring about dividend income that it often seems to lead investors to abandon common sense or be encouraged to do so by the investment industry.
For example, how many times have you heard it said that the majority of returns from investment in equities comes from reinvestment of the dividends?
Last month, star manager Terry Smith announced he was throwing £25m of his own money behind a new investment trust, Smithson. Ahead of its launch, Money Marketing editor Justin Cash sat down with Simon Barnard and Will Morgan, the fund’s managers, to talk strategy, as well as their thoughts on some of the hottest topics in investments.
City star Terry Smith has revealed plans for a new investment trust focused on global small and mid-sized companies. Smith's self-titled firm Fundsmith will roll out the Smithson Investment Trust with the aim of finding and investing in 25 to 40 of the world's best small and medium-sized companies.
Fundsmith, the fund management business set up by veteran City stockpicker Terry Smith, says it will absorb all of the launch costs of its new £250m investment trust in a move that will reignite the debate over investment fees charged to retail investors.
Adding small-caps to a global equity portfolio adds value without heightening the risk.
If you are an investor you may have encountered these two adages. First, that in order to earn a higher return you must take greater risk. Second, asset allocation is the most important contributor to performance.
Fundsmith LLP, the fund management company founded by Terry Smith, announces the appointment of Conrad Rey, Greville Ward and Daniel Washburn as Partners, subject to FCA approval.
The Fundsmith Sustainable Equity Fund ('FSEF'), which launched in November 2017, has won the ‘Best New Fund’ category at the Money Marketing Awards 2018. Money Marketing chose FSEF as the winner for its “credibility in the market and high competitive potential”.
Fundsmith has developed a considerable fan club of investors and it is not difficult to see why. The Fundsmith Equity fund topped the bestseller lists of both the Bestinvest and AJ Bell DIY investment platforms last year and has returned a whopping 266 per cent in a little over seven years since it was launched.