Neil Woodford leaves Invesco

After 25 years at Invesco, renowned fund manager Neil Woodford has left to start his own company.

Britain's most famous fund manager, Neil Woodford, is leaving Invesco after a 25-year stint to set up his own fund company.

His two main investment vehicles, the Invesco Perpetual High Income and Income funds, contain a joint £24bn. If you'd invested £10,000 in these funds in 1990, it would now be worth a respective £232,400 and £182,500.

What the commentators said

This has proved the right call in the structural bear market and rocky economy of the past decade-and- a-half. Woodford had the strength to stick to it even when he lagged his competitors badly when he avoided tech stocks in the late 1990s, for instance, or refused to buy banks in the run-up to the credit bubble bursting.

It's hard to imagine any other manager having "the foresight to begin this strategy", said Dennehy, and "the fortitude to continue with it over such a prolonged period".

Recently, however, Woodford has become "a victim of his own success", said Kyle Caldwell on Telegraph.co.uk. In recent years the funds have become too large and unwieldy for him to maintain his run. His bigger holdings contain enormous quantities of shares.

For instance, it took several months for him to sell his entire stake in Vodafone earlier this year. Managers in charge of less money can nip in and out of stocks much more quickly and thus snap up "fleeting opportunities". You can see why Woodford feels the time has come to strike out on his own.

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