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F&C Real Estate Securities

Elite Rated by FundCalibre

This fund provides access to a portfolio of real estate securities listed in the UK and Europe. F&C is one of the bigger players in this space and runs several other similar mandates. Consequently, it has one of the best resourced and most experienced teams.

Company Description

F&C is an investment manager with a history stretching back to the nineteenth century. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank of Montreal (BMO) and is part of BMO Global Asset Management, specialising in equities, bonds, property and multi-asset investing.


Fund Manager

Marcus Phayre-Mudge has been involved in property investment since 1992 and has had considerable success. He has also run the TR Property Investment Trust since 2004. Alban Lhonneur’s career in property started in 2006, and prior to joining F&C, he worked at Citigroup and Societe Generale.


We see real estate as an income stream with a capital kicker.

Marcus Phayre-Mudge - Fund Manager

The Investment Process

The investable universe is split into 16 subsectors, with the managers forming a macroeconomic view as to which sectors to over or underweight. Individual stocks are then subjected to fundamental analysis. Every stock they cover is given an expected and required return. Riskier stocks have higher return requirements. Stocks that they believe can outperform the benchmark and their required return are overweighted. However, as this is a tight universe with only 85 stocks in the index, the managers use the full range of tools available to them to express their views and control risk. This means they will often equal weight stocks on which they have no view and underweight or short stocks on which they have a negative view.


This fund invests in listed property securities. Over short time periods, these types of companies are highly correlated to the wider equity market. However, over longer time periods, they are more correlated to the underlying properties.

Our Opinion

The size and strength of the team differentiate this fund from some of its competitors. Also, the unique way the managers use the full range of tools available to them, namely by shorting unfavoured stocks, enables them to express a wider range of views and better manage risk. This is a big positive given the small size of their investment universe. Put into practice, this translates into favourable risk/ return characteristics.

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