Fundsmith knocked off sales top spot

Written by Citywire

January, 2021

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Fundsmith knocked off sales top spot as Baillie Gifford dominates

Fundsmith Equity was knocked off the top spot of Interactive Investor’s monthly fund bestseller list in December for the first time since 2018.

The broker described the handover to Baillie Gifford’s £6.6bn American fund as a ‘momentous’ moment, capping an extraordinary 12 months for the Edinburgh fund house as its portfolio of growth stocks caught a massive wave of momentum.

Baillie Gifford accounted for seven of Interactive Investors’ top 10 fund purchases in the month. Its American fund has grown by around £4bn since March, topping the North American IA sector and returning 121% last year. It recorded net inflows on every single month in 2020.

Interactive Investors analyst Teodor Dilov said that investor appetite for active solutions in 2020 was expected as ‘active managers earn their corn in volatile markets’. 

He said: ‘The biggest losers are UK funds, which fell out of favour amid the Brexit uncertainty. But with Brexit now out of the way, a reasonable allocation to the UK could provide diversification and a potential recovery opportunities in 2021.’ADVERTISING

Baillie Gifford had a jaw-dropping run last year after a series of long-term bets in stocks such as Tesla, Shopify and Moderna proved big winners.

Intearctive Investor Bestsellers, Dec 2020

FUNDSINVESTMENT TRUSTSSHARES
BAILLIE GIFFORD AMERICANSCOTTISH MORTGAGELLOYDS BANKING GP
FUNDSMITH EQUITYEDINBURGH WORLDWIDEROLLS ROYCE HLDGS
BAILLIE GIFFORD POSITIVE CHANGEMONKSINTL CONS AIRLINE
VANGUARD LIFESTRATEGY 80% EQUITYPACIFIC HORIZONASTRAZENECA
BAILLIE GIFFORD GLOBAL DISCOVERYPERSHING SQUARE HOLDINGSBP
BAILLIE GIFFORD PACIFICFIDELITY CHINA SPECIAL SITUATIONSGLAXOSMITHKLINE
BAILLIE GIFFORD CHINAALLIANZ TECHNOLOGYEASYJET
VANGUARD LIFESTRATEGY 60% EQUITYBLACKROCK WORLD MINING TRUSTVODAFONE GROUP
BAILLIE GIFFORD LONG TERM GLOBAL GROWTHBAILLIE GIFFORD US GROWTH TRUSTBOOHOO GROUP PLC
BAILLIE GIFFORD MANAGEDJPMORGAN CHINA GROWTHTESLA INC


Fundsmith Equity suffered record withdrawals of £460m in March, in what was just the eighth month of net outflows since its launch in 2010. 

In 2020, it returned 18.4% ranking 114th out of 347 funds in the Investment Association’s (IA) global sector..

These outflows also kept the £23.1bn mandate off the list of the UK’s top ten sellers of 2020 according to Citywire research, despite the fund still pulling in £882m last year. 

China-focussed funds and investment trusts also picked up more interest towards the end of 2020, the platform said, ‘arguably because the country and a host of Asian countries appear to have fared better at controlling the virus’.

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