94. Why Brexit planning has helped UK firms deal with lockdown

Alex Wright, manager of Fidelity Special Values investment trust, says the disruptions in supply chains that investors have been worrying about if a hard Brexit comes to pass are not that dissimilar to those we've seen because of COVID. “A lot of UK companies have done reasonably well dealing with the logistics of the pandemic because they had that hard Brexit planning in place already,” he said. Find out more about his views, and the firms he’s investing in, in this podcast.
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Launched in 1994, Fidelity Special Values aims to achieve capital growth by investing primarily in unloved UK companies and waiting for them to come back into favour. Each holding must meet two strict criteria. The first is the preservation of investors’ capital: the managers aim to do this by choosing companies with exceptionally cheap valuations or an asset, such as intellectual property or inventory, which has the potential to limit share price falls. Secondly, they look for companies where there is a catalyst for significant earnings growth.

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What’s covered in this podcast:

  • How the portfolio is currently positioned [0:26]
  • The two stocks hit hard by the pandemic, but which the manager is willing to wait for earnings to recover [2:10]
  • Why the trust’s gearing is currently 14% [3:14]
  • The reason the trust is underweight oil & gas companies and banks [4:37]
  • Why Brexit planning helped UK plc cope with lockdown [6:01]
  • Which overseas companies are held in the portfolio [8:54]
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