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Max King

Max was for nearly 30 years a fund manager at Finsbury Asset Management, JO Hambro and Investec Asset Management. Responsibilities in the first two included the management of ten investment trusts; at IAM, he managed multi-asset funds. These funds were to a greater (Invested Managed Growth) or lesser extent investors in investment trusts and other closed end funds across the market spectrum. Before fund management, he qualified as a chartered accountant, worked in corporate finance and in risk arbitrage. He retired from full time work in late 2016.

See here for details of current investments held by Max.

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Investing in commercial property: a tale of three markets

Student housing, care-home and self-storage owners are solid long-term growth stories in the commercial property sector. But is now the time to buy? M…
17 Jan 2020
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Go green and make money with this energy-efficiency investment trust

Helping the environment needn’t mean sacrificing profits, as this energy-efficiency investment trust shows.
13 Jan 2020
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Investment trusts: the Cinderella of investment arrives at the ball

Investors should look beyond the market noise of a single year and examine the bigger picture. Max King explains what we can learn from 25 years of in…
8 Jan 2020
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Music royalties fund Hipgnosis strikes a discordant note

Hipgnosis, a fund hoping to profit from song royalties, sounds beguiling. But is best avoided for now, says Max King.
21 Dec 2019
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Oakley Capital: a tasty private equity fund at a bargain price

Oakley Capital, the private-equity fund, is cheap, yet its investments are flourishing, says Max King.
19 Dec 2019
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How to solve Britain’s crippling housing crisis

Apart from Brexit, housing is the most pressing issue facing the incoming government. A new book explains what it should do. Max King reports.
18 Dec 2019
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Neil Woodford continues to cast a shadow over his successor at Invesco

Mark Barnett, former star manager Neil Woodford’s successor at Invesco, has applied the same formula, and is struggling.
10 Dec 2019
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How Argentina embarked on the road to ruin

A century ago, Argentina was economically on a par with France and Germany. Left-wing populism may now have irretrievably ruined it, says Max King.
5 Dec 2019
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Five funds to buy into biotech's healthy future

The biotech sector has struggled over the past year, but it remains a solid long-term investment. Here are five good ways to buy in.
26 Nov 2019
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Go global with the Genesis Emerging Markets Trust

The Genesis Emerging Markets Trust believes in thorough fieldwork when seeking out promising investments.
12 Nov 2019
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Retail property stocks are in the bargain bin

The savage bear market in the retail property sector may be over, but investors must tread carefully.
30 Oct 2019
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Will solar energy investment funds keep shining?

Investment funds designed to profit from the solar energy have done well, but now look expensive, says Max King.
22 Oct 2019
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Unleash the power of private equity

Technology-focused private equity fund HG Capital Trust is a successful investor in unlisted companies that has shrugged off political uncertainty
15 Oct 2019
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Find value in this Reit specialising in regional offices

This Reit focusing on opportunities in commercial property outside London looks appealing.
2 Oct 2019
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One of the best investment trusts for emerging market investors

The Utilico Emerging Markets investment trust focuses on infrastructure, an area its competitors often ignore.
1 Oct 2019
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Realise the big potential in micro-cap stocks with this investment trust

The Downing Strategic Micro-Cap Trust had a disappointing start. But it's finally looking like it's ready to achieve its potential.
17 Sep 2019
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Take your chances in China with these two investment trusts

These two China-focused, London-listed investment trusts are excellent long-term bets, says Max King.
10 Sep 2019
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How to learn from your fund mistakes

What can the latest series of high-profile fund flops teach managers and investors?
27 Aug 2019
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Bag a Brexit bargain in commercial property

UK commercial property stocks look unreasonably cheap, says Max King.
15 Aug 2019
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Beware the lure of illiquid debt funds

Illiquid debt offers tempting returns, but the next downturn could still reveal unexpected risks.
6 Aug 2019
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How to invest in Europe’s e-commerce boom

Online sales are growing fast. That means strong demand for warehouses and opportunity for investors.
24 Jul 2019
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Stock markets

Seven investment trusts to make your investments go global

The outlook for equities remains encouraging. An investment trust with an international remit will help you profit.
23 Jul 2019
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Japan is overlooked and mispriced – here's how to buy in

A new investment trust, the AVI Japan Opportunity Trust, focuses on neglected bargains in Japan's small-cap sector.
16 Jul 2019
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Buy into fund manager Baillie Gifford’s success

Shares in Baillie Gifford’s growth-focused Scottish Mortgage Trust are worth buying, says Max King.
9 Jul 2019
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Don’t buy the hedge-fund hype

Hedge funds have a habit of turning clients’ money into their own money, says Max King. Steer clear.
25 Jun 2019
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BlackRock Latin American Trust: the tide is turning for Brazil

The BlackRock Latin American Trust, largely invested in Brazil, is grabbing the bull by the horns. Investors should, too.
17 Jun 2019
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An investment trust to help you ride Europe’s rebound

Fidelity European Values offers exceptional promise at a great price by investing in large-cap European companies.
28 May 2019
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Commercial property at a bargain price

Commercial property investment trust Hansteen should be high up on the buy list for disenchanted buy-to-let investors.
14 May 2019
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Russia’s recovery will boost eastern Europe

The Baring Emerging Europe trust opts for top-quality eastern European stocks, says Max King.
7 May 2019
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Economy

Grossly distorted GDP statistics need an overhaul

Gross domestic product (GDP) is our main gauge of economic output. It has always been dodgy, but in the digital age we may need to dispense with it en…
25 Apr 2019
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A compelling and cheap investment

At first sight, this professional services business appears a decent investment story, but not a compelling one, says Max King. Yet dig a little deepe…
23 Apr 2019
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Fidelity is back on form

Alex Wright’s Special Values fund draws on Anthony Bolton’s techniques and is worth backing, says Max King.
15 Apr 2019
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Gold mining stocks will soon shine

The history of gold mining is so littered with stories of reckless optimism, fraud and ruin that the sector is often ignored. Yet investing in gold mi…
9 Apr 2019
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The opportunities for investors in private equity

A shift away from listed stocks towards privately-held companies reflects the advantages of private equity. No portfolio should be without exposure to…
4 Apr 2019
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Herald: a tried and tested investment trust

Institutional investors keep their distance, but Katie Potts, manager of the Herald Investment Trust, is clearly doing something right.
2 Apr 2019
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Foreign & Colonial investment trust: must do better

Venerable investment trust Foreign & Colonial has a proud history, but its share price is in danger.
19 Mar 2019
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