Our equities team comprises a number of experienced investment professionals, responsible for managing more than £2 billion in assets across global and regional mandates. UK equities form a significant share of this total, with the team managing both growth and income products. The LF Canlife UK Equity Income Fund is co-managed by Craig Rippe, Head of UK Equities and Eugene O’Neill, Senior Fund Manager.
Craig joined Canada Life Investments in March 2004 and was appointed Head of UK Equities in March 2010. He previously managed income funds at Govett Investment Management Limited and is a Chartered Accountant and a CFA charterholder. Eugene joined Canada Life Investments in August 2010, having previously worked for Depfa Bank Plc in its Balance Sheet Management team in Dublin. He is a CFA charterholder.
Senior Fund Manager, UK Equities
Eugene joined Canada Life Investments in August 2010, having previously worked for Depfa Bank Plc in its Balance Sheet Management team in Dublin.
Eugene holds a BSc in Financial Mathematics and Economics from National University of Ireland, Galway and an MSc in Financial Mathematics from King's College London. He is a CFA charterholder.
The LF Canlife UK Equity Income Fund adopts an ‘unusual dividend approach’ to equity income, seeking to provide investors with a sustainable, diversified and uncorrelated income stream compared to peers. Therefore, although the Fund does maintain exposure to some income stalwarts, such as large-cap healthcare and tobacco, we believe dividend diversification is key.
The portfolio holds between 40 and 60 companies and the managers are under no obligation to invest in a company where they do not have conviction. The strategy and structure of the Fund is highlighted below:
The LF Canlife UK Equity Income Fund benefits from a well-defined process when it comes to identifying investment opportunities and selecting individual holdings. This process has been in place since Craig Rippe began managing the Fund in 2004. This investment approach is based primarily on bottom-up stock selection. However, it is flexible and also mindful of prevailing macroeconomic and market trends such as:
We believe that understanding each of these factors allows the managers to form a view that will then drive investment choices at a sector and stock level.
One of the lenses through which we consider the LF Canlife UK Equity Income Fund is a five way split; financials, growth, cyclicals, defensives and resources. The relative weights vary dependent on where we believe we are in the macroeconomic cycle and enables us to better position the portfolio to take advantage of the underlying environment. In addition, we believe this approach to portfolio construction allows us to deliver a diversified source of return from both an income and capital perspective.
Our investment universe is comprised of liquid large and mid-cap UK equities, with a market-cap of greater than £500 million. The stock selection process itself then takes into account several factors, such as a company’s market position, the quality of its brand and underlying assets, how it fits in with current market and economic trends, and the specific drivers behind earnings and dividend growth. The managers will also conduct a thorough analysis of a company’s valuation, being sure to understand its earnings forecasts and any changes to a company’s strategy or management team. Throughout this process, we pay particular attention to what we call ‘unusual dividends’, giving our investors exposure to some interesting themes. This means we tend to have a higher exposure to mid-caps than many of our peers.
Due to the impact of compounding, history shows that reinvested dividends account for the bulk of equity market returns. The Fund aims to provide its investors with a sustainable, diversified and uncorrelated income stream by investing in ‘unusual dividend’ opportunities
The Fund also aims to generate long-term capital growth, via a conviction-led, long-term approach to investing
Craig and Eugene have worked together for eight years and are supported by a highly experienced UK and global equity team
Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of investments may fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount invested. Income from investments may fluctuate. Performance figures are on a bid to bid with net income reinvested basis. Valuations are based on the previous day's prices.
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