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Global Smaller Companies Fund

Robin Geffen

The Fund

The Fund focuses on finding small and medium sized companies with strong growth prospects from around the world. Robin Geffen uses the Global Equity Team’s process to target those stocks with the ability to flourish in their specific political and economic environments. This typically means these companies are able to grow faster and deliver higher returns than their larger peers. <

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Robin Geffen
The Fund Manager - Robin Geffen

Robin is a fund manager as well as the leader of the Liontrust Global Equity investment team and architect of its investment process. Prior to joining Liontrust in October 2019, Robin was a fund manager and the CEO of Neptune Investment Management, which he founded in 2002. He has previously worked at Charterhouse J Rothschild, Eagle Star, York Trust plc, Scottish Equitable and Orbitex Investments. Robin graduated from Oxford University in 1979 and has 40 years' investment experience.

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The Global Equity Process

The Liontrust Global Equity team believes that the key to replicable long-term investment outperformance is generating ‘idiosyncratic alpha’: returns that are independent of market returns and largely uncorrelated to the successes and failures of popular investment styles like growth and value. The team seeks to achieve idiosyncratic alpha through: collaborative idea generation and each member of the team having research responsibility for an industry sector or structural economic trends; conviction, with each stock in a portfolio having a meaningful weighting and being retained for the long term; and having three silos of stocks to provide low correlation with each other and to mitigate against the transitory fortunes of investment styles. The philosophy and process is implemented through a four-step workflow: stock idea generation, stock selection, portfolio construction and continual monitoring.

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Discrete performance

30-09-2018 -
30-09-2017 -
30-09-2016 -
30-09-2015 -
30-09-2014 -
Liontrust Global Smaller Companies -2.89% 32.81% 22.15% 1.78% 7.59%
IA Global 5.98% 11.63% 14.92% 26.15% -1.36%
Liontrust Global Smaller Companies
IA Global
Cumulative performance

To previous working day 6 months 1 year 3 year 5 year 10 year Since launch
Liontrust Global Smaller Companies 7.51% 11.68% 59.71% 65.41% 102.46% 76.00%
IA Global 6.34% 9.44% 33.30% 60.11% 148.96% 125.44%
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 120.10%
To previous working day
Liontrust Global Smaller Companies
IA Global

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 Global Equity (GE) team may involve investment in smaller companies - these stocks may be less liquid and the price swings greater than those in, for example, larger companies. Investment in funds managed by the GE team may involve foreign currencies and may be subject to fluctuations in value due to movements in exchange rates. The team may invest in emerging markets/soft currencies or in financial derivative instruments, both of which may have the effect of increasing volatility. Some of the funds managed by the GE team hold a concentrated portfolio of stocks, meaning that if the price of one of these stocks should move significantly, this may have a notable effect on the value of that portfolio.


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Source: Financial Express. Total return, bid-to-bid. The Liontrust Asia Income Fund was launched on 05.03.12 and therefore discrete data is not available for more than four 12 month periods. This page is showing performance data and information for an income producing share class. Please go to our Interactive fund centre for performance data and information on the Fund’s other share classes.

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Key fund information

  • Launch date12/31/2007
  • IA sectorIA Global
  • Fund size£3,765,238.73
  • Number of holdings34
  • Active Share99.92%
  • Historic yield0.00%

Fund size and number of holdings data is as at previous month end. Historic yield and performance data is as at previous working day.

Historic Yield: Reflects distributions declared over the past 12 months as a percentage of the mid-market unit price. It does not include any preliminary charge and investors may be subject to tax on their distributions.

Active Share: The fraction of a portfolio invested differently to its benchmark. A 100% active share is a portfolio with no holdings in the benchmark, a 0% active share is a portfolio identical to the benchmark.

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