92. Why I won’t touch the likes of Zoom or Uber

With 60% of the LF Blue Whale Growth fund currently invested in technology companies, you’d expect some familiar names to be in the top ten holdings. But manager Stephen Yiu won’t touch the likes of Zoom, Uber, Netflix or Apple. Instead he prefers companies like Adobe and Autodesk. In this podcast, Stephen looks back at the highs and lows during the first three years of this fund’s life and gives us an insight into his thinking.
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LF Blue Whale Growth has come storming onto the global equity funds scene since its launch in September 2017. It is a truly active fund, with a very concentrated portfolio of just 25 to 35 stocks. The manager only invests in the very highest quality businesses and, although the fund may not have been around for long, its strong performance has certainly drawn attention: as it marks its third anniversary this week it is the 12th best performing fund in a sector of 290 peers*.

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What’s covered in this podcast:

• The highs and lows of the first three years of this fund [0:31]
• Investing in disruptive companies [2:09]
• Why the fund has a bias towards technology companies [4:13]
• Why the manager doesn’t invest in Zoom, Uber, Netflix or Apple [7:12]
• Why the fund doesn’t invest in many Asian companies [9:03]
• The manager’s views on why fund holdings are still at the early stages of their investment story [12:33]

*Source: FE Analytics, total returns in sterling, 11 September 2017 to 9 September 2020

The views of the author and any people interviewed are their own and do not constitute financial advice. However the knowledge that professional analysts have analysed a fund or trust in depth before assigning them a rating can be a valuable additional filter for anyone looking to make their own decisions. Before you make any investment decision make sure you’re comfortable and fully understand the risks. If you invest in fund or trust make sure you know what specific risks they’re exposed to. Past performance is not a reliable guide to future returns. Remember all investments can fall in value as well as rise, so you could make a loss.

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