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European Income - Olly Russ

The European Income team

Olly Russ & Oisin O’Leary

The team

Olly Russ (right) and Oisin O’Leary (left) have over 25 years of combined investment and capital markets experience. Olly joined Liontrust in July 2016, having started his career at investment boutique Orbitex in 1998. At Orbitex, Olly worked on European Equity and UK Income funds and was responsible for running the Orbitex UK Equity Fund from its inception in March 2000. In 2002, Olly moved to Invicta Investment Management, a privately owned hedge fund, before joining Neptune Investment Management as a fund manager and financial analyst. He moved to Argonaut Capital in 2005. Oisin joined Liontrust in June 2017, having previously been an investment analyst at Argonaut Capital Partners across the company’s range of funds from September 2015. He was also formerly an investment analyst at Maris Capital and a debt capital markets analyst at HSBC Bank.

The European Income team

The European Income Process

The process seeks to find companies whose asset base and business are defended by an economic moat, such as a strong brand, niche products or a dominant market position, and where analysts underestimate future earnings growth or have undervalued the expected earnings growth. The fund managers use dividends as a proxy for earnings growth and expects to see dividends rising over time as companies increase pay outs to shareholders and earnings grow.

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Rayner Spencer Mills - R Rated Fund
Liontrust European Income Fund
Rayner Spencer Mills rated

UK domiciled  

European Enhanced Income Fund

The Fund aims to provide a high level of income along with some capital growth through holding a portfolio of mainly European companies. The Fund uses a covered call strategy to boost income and targets a yield of 1.25 times that of the MSCI Europe ex-UK Index.

Europe is a big place with some excellent companies operating there. Russ is a total stockpicker, who looks for those businesses he believes will prosper. The fund's yield is 4 per cent, which I am also happy to collect.

Roddy Kohn, Money Observer magazine, Sep 2016

European Income Fund

The Fund aims to provide a high level of income along with some capital growth through holding a portfolio of mainly European companies.

In terms of its risk metrics, the fund has achieved a top-quartile annualised volatility and maximum drawdown (which measures the most potential money lost if bought and sold at the worst times)…since Russ launched the fund in 2005.

FE Trustnet, July 2016

Key Risks

Past performance is not a guide to future performance. Do remember that the value of an investment and the income generated from them can fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed, therefore, you may not get back the amount originally invested and potentially risk total loss of capital. Investment in Funds managed by the European Income team involves foreign currencies and may be subject to fluctuations in value due to movements in exchange rates. The Fund’s expenses are charged to capital. This has the effect of increasing dividends while constraining capital appreciation. Investment in the Liontrust European Enhanced Income Fund writes out of the money call options to generate additional income. These call options will be “covered”. Unitholders should note that potential capital growth of the Fund would be capped if these call options are exercised against the Fund and the Fund’s capital returns could therefore be lower than the market in periods of rapidly rising share prices.


The information and opinions provided should not be construed as advice for investment in any product or security mentioned, an offer to buy or sell units/shares of Funds mentioned, or a solicitation to purchase securities in any company or investment product. Always research your own investments and (if you are not a professional or a financial adviser) consult suitability with a regulated financial adviser before investing.


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