Alphinity Investment Management’s global equity fund has been upgraded to ‘Recommended’ by Lonsec.
The upgrade of the Alphinity Global Equity Fund (the Fund) follows its addition to the Macquarie Wrap Super and Investment platforms in October 2019. The Fund is also available on the Super and Investment platforms for BT Panorama, BT Wrap, Asgard, HUB24, MLC Wrap, MLC Navigator and Netwealth.
The Fund also continues to hold a ‘Recommended’ rating from Zenith.
Lonsec noted key strengths in the “stability, experience and collegiate culture” of the investment team, as well as the investment process, which “successfully combines quantitative analysis and fundamental research to identify companies with earnings surprises and balance sheet strength”.
Alphinity Global portfolio manager Lachlan MacGregor said the combination of ratings and platform additions over the past six months had provided a significant boost to the team’s efforts to grow the Fund’s retail footprint.
“We’re delighted that the work of the team and our disciplined approach have resulted in strong ratings and additional platform availability for investors. We anticipate that this recognition will bring increased adviser interest in the Fund,” he said.
Alphinity Global’s investment philosophy is to provide investors with an actively managed exposure to a high conviction portfolio of leading global companies with underappreciated earnings growth potential. Alphinity’s experienced global investment team identifies these companies using a unique combination of detailed analyst-driven fundamental research and specific targeted quantitative inputs.
MacGregor added that the key to the success of the Alphinity Global Equity Fund had been “conviction with consistency”.
“The Fund typically holds only 30 to 40 stocks, but with broad diversity across market sectors and regions. We focus on rigorously testing and refining our best ideas to the point where we have a high degree of comfort that the ones we invest in will achieve strong returns. As the world backdrop changes, we adapt the portfolio and this has seen the strategy outperform across all time periods since inception,” he said.
Alphinity manage over $1.8 billion in global equities. The Fund is in the top quartile for one, two and three years to 31 January 2020 and has outperformed MSCI World Net Return (AUD) across these periods, returning 19.4% per annum over three years, 16.4% per annum over two years, and 31.3% over the past year (all figures net of fees)*. The Fund is managed by four Alphinity Investment Management global portfolio managers, each with more than 20 years of industry experience; Jonas Palmqvist, Jeff Thomson, Lachlan MacGregor and Nikki Thomas.
Alphinity Investment Management is supported by Fidante Partners, the boutique funds management business of Challenger Limited.