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 Inc8.4112.19161.95501.15-Buy
AXA Framlington Financial Z Inc20.0156.4292.4861.251.64Buy
AXA Framlington Health Z Inc4.3923.59108.71507.360.38Buy
Aberdeen Financial Equity I Inc18.9254.01-52.571.10Buy
Aberdeen Multi Manager Ethical Portfolio I Inc12.8048.5786.4267.640.20Buy
Baillie Gifford Diversified Growth B Inc8.6716.8427.436,943.821.99Buy
Baillie Gifford Multi Asset Growth B Inc10.02--563.981.60Buy
Baring German Growth I Inc GBP29.3178.60120.59779.901.40Buy
Baring Korea Trust I Inc GBP25.2247.9545.60124.400.20Buy
BlackRock Dynamic Diversified Growth D Inc9.117.7618.212,464.251.21Buy
BlackRock Gold & General D Inc-10.2920.47-25.271,043.73-Buy
BlackRock Natural Resources Growth & Income D Inc2.7538.1927.7860.302.31Buy
Consistent Unit Trust Inc3.9211.2630.7811.514.08Buy
EF Tellsons Endeavour IF Inc12.2715.47-27.003.63Buy
F&C High Income C Inc4.989.299.3075.554.90Buy
F&C UK Equity Linked Gilt 2 Inc13.6840.2088.25199.151.00Buy
FP Russell Investments Real Assets C Inc1.227.1412.33111.481.20Buy
FP WM Global Trend B Inc6.8327.4528.8330.50-Buy
First State Global Listed Infrastructure B Inc4.5340.1393.122,617.753.36Buy
Franklin Global Listed Infrastructure W QDis GBP9.2334.43-72.47-Buy

Investment Trusts

Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)DiscountNAV
NB Distressed Debt Investment Limited Extended Life Shares-4.76-15.09--14.861.06Buy
NB Global Floating Rate Income Red Ord GBP-0.6510.0611.85-2.6796.58Buy
NB Global Floating Rate Income Red Ord USD-2.146.2713.52-4.160.99Buy
NB Private Equity Partners Limited8.5751.06146.43--Buy
NB Private Equity Partners Limited 2022 Zero Div Perf SHS NPV6.23----Buy
NextEnergy Solar Fund Limited Red Ord Npv10.5330.10-7.99105.10Buy
Nimrod Doric Nimrod Air One Limited-1.9221.3518.99-7.28107.85Buy
Northern Investors Company PLC-41.1115.5588.96-5.31233.40Buy
Oakley Capital Investment Ltd ORD 1P (DI)6.1711.9522.06-28.36231.00Buy
P2p Global Investments PLC Ord GBP0.017.87-13.58--16.15983.91Buy
Premier Global Infrastructure Trust PLC Ord 1P-3.61-3.9092.03-9.18165.17Buy
Premier Global Infrastructure Trust PLC Securities 2020 ZDP 1P3.54--6.37109.99Buy
PME African Infrastructure Opportunities PLC-9.09-23.08-44.44--Buy
Pershing Square Holdings Ltd Ord NPV GBP----17.561,264.00Buy
Polar Capital Global Healthcare Trust PLC Ord 25P8.8429.7483.31-1.25209.61Buy
Polar Capital Global Healthcare Trust PLC ZDP 0.01P---2.21101.75Buy
Pantheon International Plc7.3545.4999.46-17.382,245.20Buy
Polar Capital Technology Trust PLC Ord 25p35.33105.24212.321.121,160.96Buy
Princess Private Equity Holdings Limited Ord EUR0.001 (EUR)19.6170.30104.30-6.2110.62Buy
Qannas Investments Limited-30.00-34.88-10.24-22.220.90Buy


Name6 Months (%)1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)CurrencySector
BlackRock iShares Global Consumer Staples ETF NAV3.8210.5028.61105.82AUDEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
DB X-Trackers LPX MM Private Equity UCITS ETF 1C GBP3.9015.2661.67111.50GBPEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
DB X-Trackers Stoxx Europe 600 Utilities UCITS ETF 1C GBP0.0614.7422.4249.80GBPEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
DB X-Trackers STOXX Europe 600 Food & Beverage UCITS ETF 1C GBP1.1913.3337.7465.37GBPEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
DB X-Trackers Stoxx Europe 600 Industrial Goods UCITS ETF 1C GBP7.8623.1462.4588.36GBPEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
DB X-Trackers S&P Global Infrastructure UCITS ETF 1C GBP-3.664.9226.9064.71GBPEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
LYXOR UCITS ETF MSCI WORLD INDUSTRIALS TR C USD14.7628.9347.5682.54USDEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
LYXOR UCITS ETF MSCI WORLD UTILITIES TR C USD-0.5211.419.1739.52USDEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
LYXOR UCITS ETF MSCI WORLD CONSUMER STAPLES TR C USD5.2217.0024.3257.48USDEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
SPDR MSCI Europe Industrials UCITS ETF6.0518.5240.1377.22EUREquity - Other SpecialistBuy
SPDR MSCI Europe Utilities UCITS ETF-0.7411.395.8541.90EUREquity - Other SpecialistBuy
SPDR MSCI Europe Consumer Discretionary UCITS ETF5.6511.5521.9271.53EUREquity - Other SpecialistBuy
SPDR MSCI Europe Consumer Staples UCITS ETF-2.657.5320.2957.20EUREquity - Other SpecialistBuy
SPDR S&P US Consumer Staples Select Sector UCITS ETF16.3927.49--USDEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
SPDR S&P US Industrial Select Sector UCITS ETF15.9627.70--USDEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
SPDR S&P US Utilities Select Sector UCITS ETF-3.445.84--USDEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
SSGA SPDR MSCI World Consumer Staples UCITS ETF6.1518.2325.3455.19USDEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
SSGA SPDR MSCI World Utilities UCITS ETF-0.6711.448.1232.85USDEquity - Other SpecialistBuy
SSGA SPDR MSCI World Consumer Discretionary UCITS ETF16.4628.6845.2489.47USDEquity - Other SpecialistBuy


Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)NAVDiscountNDYSector
Edge Performance VCT Plc H-18.18-47.63-51.6359.79-32.26-VCT Specialist Media Leisure & EventsBuy
Edge Performance VCT Plc I-11.75-46.96-53.7143.94-36.73-VCT Specialist Media Leisure & EventsBuy
Foresight VCT plc Infrastructure ORD 1P33.2935.0926.7891.50-94.54-VCT Specialist Infrastructure PQBuy
Hygea VCT-1.10-31.82-37.0564.00-29.69-VCT Specialist Healthcare & BiotechnlgyBuy
Oxford Technology 2 VCT PLC86.39146.69170.5740.80-32.6029.09VCT Specialist TechnologyBuy
Oxford Technology 3 VCT PLC9.4121.8524.7386.30-39.177.62VCT Specialist TechnologyBuy
Oxford Technology 4 VCT PLC-7.5043.6710.4052.70-29.79-VCT Specialist TechnologyBuy
Oxford Technology VCT PLC3.03-32.16-35.7949.90-29.862.86VCT Specialist TechnologyBuy


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