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JP Morgan’s Butler traverses value tightrope

JP Morgan’s Butler traverses value tightrope

This year has been brimming with opportunity and rife with risk for value managers like Ian Butler. The stock market sell-off in March allowed him to add defensive names at knock-down prices to a portfolio typically populated with cyclicals. However, global lockdowns...

Smaller companies to own for after the crisis

Smaller companies to own for after the crisis

Companies might struggle to post profits this year, but JPM UK Smaller Companies fund manager Georgina Brittain has her sights set on 2021 and beyond. ‘Don’t just think about the here and now,’ she said. ‘This year will be a write-off in profit terms for some...

Blue Whale defies crisis to grow by £124m

Blue Whale defies crisis to grow by £124m

The Peter Hargreaves-backed Blue Whale Growth fund has defied the recent market volatility to grow by more than £100m since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis. The fund, which has returned 58.6% since inception in September 2017 to 10 June and...

Patel unveils stock-picking amid global trends

Patel unveils stock-picking amid global trends

Seismic shifts in the way the world works – from flexible working to online shopping – bode well for JPM UK Equity Income, which looks across sectors and the market capitalisation spectrum to capitalise on trends such as digitation and low-cost home ownership. We...

Claverhouse buys ‘new nifty 50’

Claverhouse buys ‘new nifty 50’

‘The nifty 50 was a phenomenon in the US in the 60s when earnings were scarce... Today, it is the tech giants – almost a nifty five’ Will Meadon, JPMorgan Claverhouse investment trust. Housebuilders, life assurers and online retailers are among Will Meadon’s ‘new...

Buying the comeback kings

Buying the comeback kings

Bus operator National Express, fashion retailer Next and airline Wizz Air are among the ‘quality’ businesses that JP Morgan fund manager James Illsley, who holds a Citywire + rating, has been buying at knockdown prices. They stand to be the comeback kings in their...

Shorting away the risks

Shorting away the risks

The key point of difference for JPM UK Equity Plus is its ability to short. In my previous two articles on the JPM UK Equity Plus fund, “Extending the alpha opportunity in UK equity” and “Standing out from the crowd in UK equity”  I explained how shorting gives...

IA calls for FTSE transparency over dividend payments

IA calls for FTSE transparency over dividend payments

FTSE companies that suspend dividend payments as a result of current market uncertainty will be expected to restart them ‘as soon as it is prudent to do so’, the Investment Association (IA) has said. In a letter sent to all FTSE chairs on behalf of its members...

FTSE falls as virus slowdown hopes fade and Tesco hit

FTSE falls as virus slowdown hopes fade and Tesco hit

The FTSE 100 has fallen as hopes of a slowdown in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic faded, insurers weighed after cancelling their dividends and Tesco (TSCO) cooled bullishness on the supermarket sector after warning on costs. The UK blue-chip index...

FTSE rallies as coronavirus deaths slow

FTSE rallies as coronavirus deaths slow

The FTSE 100 has rallied after a slowdown in coronavirus deaths in France and Italy over the weekend, while European governments began preparations to ease lockdowns put in place to contain the spread of the pandemic. The UK blue-chip index jumped 93 points, or 1.7%...