Fund of the week: buy into high-quality global stocks

Fancy investing like Warren Buffett but unsure how to get started? One solution could be to buy into the Trojan Global Equity Fund. The fund’s manager, Gabrielle Boyle, is herself an aficionado of Buffett’s stock-picking techniques, writes Moira O’Neill at Investors Chronicle.

Boyle, who joined Troy Asset Management three years ago after 17 years at Lazard’s, focuses on companies with strong brands and distribution channels. “We don’t own cyclical businesses or companies that are dependent on one or two products,” she tells O’Neill. Boyle also thinks buying and selling too many shares is a “tax” on investors, so she is sticking to a 20% annual turnover in the fund’s portfolio.

Trojan Global Equity’s remit is to deliver capital growth. It has performed well over one and five years, beating its benchmark and delivering a respective return of 17.9% and 70.1%. However, the three-year performance is less inspiring, with a 40.1% return underperforming the benchmark. Boyle says she was initially too cautious but is now comfortable with her 31 holdings, including favourites Colgate-Palmolive, Nestlé and Microsoft.

Boyle has increased the fund’s exposure to the US, Europe and Asia, notes Gary Jackson at Trustnet. Some 47% of the portfolio is now in the US, 20% in Europe and 5% in Asian stocks (with 20% in the UK). Major holdings include Swiss healthcare stocks Novartis and Roche. A recent strong performer has been US stock Fiserv, which provides electronic transactional services for US banks and had an upbeat investor presentation in June. The fund’s ongoing charge is 1.12%.
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Trojan Global Equity Fund

Trojan Global Equity top ten holdings
Holding % of assets
Novartis 5.7%
eBay 5.1%
American Express 4.9%
Becton Dickinson 4.8%
Roche 4.7%
Microsoft 4.6%
Sage 4.1%
Altria 4.0%
Medtronic 4.0%
Wells Fargo 3.9%