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Defensive Capital Fund

The Defensive Capital Fund (the Fund) is designed to provide investors with an opportunity to attain the low volatility of bonds while maintaining exposure to potential equity upsides. The Fund aims to achieve long-term capital growth that is independent of equity market performance and positive absolute returns over rolling three year periods. To accomplish this the Fund invests in a range of defensive assets – investments that are generally lower risk and less volatile than equities, and that don’t rely on market growth to achieve positive returns – such as preference shares, convertibles and structured notes.

The Fund offers low sensitivity to short-term equity markets, as well as offering exposure to high short-term fixed returns. Defensive optionality and convexity is attained through holding mostly senior assets that provide tangible capital cover.


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The DCF factsheet provides the latest information on performance, holdings, asset type breakdown and structured counterparties.

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The following tables show the discrete and cumulative performance of the A share class.

12 month performance May-May 2017-2016 2016-2015 2015-2014 2014-2013 2013-2012
Fund (%) 12.15 -0.98 7.11 3.68
Cumulative performance 31.05.2017 Fund (%)
1 year 12.15
2 years 11.04
3 years 18.93
5 years 38.55
Since inception 58.90

Source: Financial Express Analytics, total return, net of all ongoing charges, bid-to-bid in Sterling as at 31.05.2017.

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Below is a table which outlines the latest Annual Management Charge (AMC) and the Ongoing Charges Figure (OCF) for the different share classes and currency share classes of the Fund. These can also be found in the Key Investor Information Documents (KIIDs).

A share GBP 0.75 0.82
B share (GBP) 1.50 1.57
B share (USD, EUR, SGD) 1.50 1.57
C share (GBP) 0.55 0.62

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Key contacts

Jonathan Gumpel

Investment Director, London

Jonathan is a co-founder of Brooks Macdonald and is jointly responsible for overseeing the company’s investment management strategy. He is the lead manager of our Defensive Capital Fund, an absolute return fund that is rated highly by Morningstar. Jonathan is alternate chairman of both our asset allocation and investment committees.         

Over the course of a career in asset management that began in 1986, Jonathan has been recognised by his peers and industry bodies on a number of occasions; most recently receiving the accolade of one of the ‘PAM 50 Most Influential’ members of the private asset management community in 2016. Jonathan is also a member of the Wealth Managers Association Indices Committee.

Niall O'Connor

Deputy Fund Manager

Niall joined Brooks Macdonald in 2013. He has 20 years of investment experience, many of which in senior investment management roles. This includes leading the development of a range of complex derivative pricing and risk models for Independent Risk Monitoring.

Niall has a PhD in Theoretical Physics and an MA and BA in Physics, all from Cambridge University.

Kevin Addison

Head of Funds Distribution, Funds, London

Kevin joined Brooks Macdonald as Head of Funds Distribution in 2014 and spearheads the funds sales team and the core development of our range of investment funds and funds strategy throughout the UK. 

Prior to joining Brooks Macdonald, Kevin worked at SEI Investments Company, where he held the position of managing director and was head of UK and European asset management distribution. He has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having also held senior positions at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership and Gartmore Fund Managers. 

Simon Pinner

Discretionary Sales Director, Specialist Funds, London

Simon joined Brooks Macdonald in 2015 and he holds the position of Discretionary Sales Director, Specialist Funds. Simon is responsible for the promotion and distribution of our funds throughout the UK to the Discretionary market.

Prior to joining Brooks Macdonald, Simon worked at SEI Investments Company as a Sales Director. He has over 14 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having also worked at BNP Paribas Securities Services in Frankfurt and Paris, Gartmore Fund Managers and Scottish Widows Investment Partnership.

Andrew Pope

Intermediary Sales Director, Specialist Funds, London

Andrew joined Brooks Macdonald in July 2015 and holds the position of Intermediary Sales Director on the Specialist Funds Team. Andrew is responsible for the promotion and distribution of our specialist funds via Intermediaries throughout the UK.

Prior to joining Brooks Macdonald, Andrew worked at Canada Life Investments as a Sales Manager. He has over 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having held similar roles at Prudential Plc, Gartmore Fund Managers and BNY Mellon Investment Management.


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