Introduction to Specialists

The 'Specialist' sector is a melting pot and may include everything from thematic healthcare or agriculture funds to specific regional funds, such as Latin American or Korea. The sector also increasingly contains multi-asset funds from managers who want to retain maximum flexibility in their asset allocation, plus absolute return funds.

It can be difficult to compare performance within the sector because fund managers are invested in such different types of companies and markets. As such, Latin American funds may be top in a year where the markets have performed particularly well, while healthcare funds may do well in a more risk averse investment environment. The key is to compare like with like, checking a fund's performance against both its peer group and similar funds rather than the specialist sector as a whole.

Investors will find funds in this sector that can allow them to express nuanced asset allocation views and invest in specific within their portfolios - the growth of agriculture, for example, or the ageing population.

The tax treatment of investments is subject to tax law and HMRC practice which are subject to change. 

OEICs and Unit Trusts

Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)Fund Size (M)Yield (%)
AXA Framlington Biotech Z Inc14.8342.67184.45538.82-Buy
AXA Framlington Financial Z Inc24.6556.43104.5754.781.67Buy
AXA Framlington Health Z Inc1.6143.89120.85529.500.34Buy
Aberdeen Financial Equity I Inc16.1157.69-51.191.20Buy
Aberdeen Multi Manager Ethical Portfolio I Inc10.6551.7791.8564.980.20Buy
Baillie Gifford Diversified Growth B Inc8.1517.6130.126,802.101.49Buy
Baring German Growth I Inc GBP27.5386.71138.03632.701.40Buy
Baring Korea Trust I Inc GBP10.1735.0743.29113.100.20Buy
BlackRock Dynamic Diversified Growth D Inc6.157.1119.642,439.011.24Buy
BlackRock Gold & General D Inc-13.7441.09-28.581,118.89-Buy
BlackRock Natural Resources Growth & Income D Inc7.3526.6724.1655.512.44Buy
CF Miton Global Infrastructure Income B Inc GBP---13.43-Buy
CF Miton Global Infrastructure Income F Inc GBP---13.43-Buy
CF Woodford Income Focus C Inc GBP---742.00-Buy
Consistent Unit Trust Inc0.5315.6232.5112.544.13Buy
F&C High Income C Inc4.288.289.6376.644.90Buy
F&C UK Equity Linked Gilt 2 Inc7.4654.4290.95189.901.00Buy
FP Russell Investments Real Assets C Inc2.6811.2216.02115.341.47Buy
FP Tellsons Endeavour IF Inc7.8112.63-27.143.50Buy
FP WM Global Trend B Inc6.8031.9933.3428.20-Buy


Name6 Months (%)1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)CurrencySector
BlackRock iShares Global Consumer Staples ETF NAV-0.046.1741.80106.80AUDEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
DB X-Trackers LPX MM Private Equity UCITS ETF 1C GBP12.5323.6874.78140.14GBPEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
DB X-Trackers Stoxx Europe 600 Utilities UCITS ETF 1C GBP16.4012.0925.9154.13GBPEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
DB X-Trackers STOXX Europe 600 Food & Beverage UCITS ETF 1C GBP14.179.9857.4484.94GBPEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
DB X-Trackers Stoxx Europe 600 Industrial Goods UCITS ETF 1C GBP13.8422.8567.94104.19GBPEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
DB X-Trackers S&P Global Infrastructure UCITS ETF 1C GBP6.737.6942.4277.89GBPEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
LYXOR UCITS ETF MSCI WORLD INDUSTRIALS TR C USD13.1026.3337.6685.20USDEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
LYXOR UCITS ETF MSCI WORLD UTILITIES TR C USD9.9616.6219.0746.20USDEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
LYXOR UCITS ETF MSCI WORLD CONSUMER STAPLES TR C USD3.758.9425.3457.09USDEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
SPDR MSCI Europe Industrials UCITS ETF5.6321.6948.8588.71EUREquity - Other SpecialistBuy
SPDR MSCI Europe Utilities UCITS ETF8.7211.4011.0541.31EUREquity - Other SpecialistBuy
SPDR MSCI Europe Consumer Discretionary UCITS ETF3.1616.6736.5088.49EUREquity - Other SpecialistBuy
SPDR MSCI Europe Consumer Staples UCITS ETF-0.386.3038.6265.10EUREquity - Other SpecialistBuy
SPDR S&P US Consumer Staples Select Sector UCITS ETF4.0716.21--USDEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
SPDR S&P US Industrial Select Sector UCITS ETF12.3630.15--USDEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
SPDR S&P US Utilities Select Sector UCITS ETF7.4517.39--USDEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
SSGA SPDR MSCI World Consumer Staples UCITS ETF3.889.2824.5353.07USDEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
SSGA SPDR MSCI World Utilities UCITS ETF10.0416.9317.0938.31USDEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
SSGA SPDR MSCI World Consumer Discretionary UCITS ETF8.0119.0633.6285.70USDEquity - Other SpecialistBuy


Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)NAVDiscountNDYSector
Edge Performance VCT Plc H-12.12-44.72-48.0576.05-42.80-VCT Specialist Media Leisure & EventsBuy
Edge Performance VCT Plc I-20.55-47.49-51.7176.61-62.15-VCT Specialist Media Leisure & EventsBuy
Foresight VCT plc Infrastructure ORD 1P8.0011.694.8285.60-5.37-InfrastructureBuy
Hygea VCT-8.16-31.82-43.8364.40-30.12-VCT Specialist Healthcare & BiotechnlgyBuy
Oxford Technology 2 VCT PLC50.00110.9482.4337.20-19.35-VCT Specialist TechnologyBuy
Oxford Technology 3 VCT PLC-11.436.863.4282.50-48.489.41VCT Specialist TechnologyBuy
Oxford Technology 4 VCT PLC-17.7852.003.8451.90-28.71-VCT Specialist TechnologyBuy
Oxford Technology VCT PLC-5.10-30.91-42.4253.20-34.212.86VCT Specialist TechnologyBuy


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