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Julian Fosh, Economic Advantage: Why we (still) like GlaxoSmithKline

Recent short term disappointments in the form of lacklustre Q2 numbers and the ongoing Chinese corruption investigation have not, in our opinion, altered GlaxoSmithKline’s long-term characteristics or fundamentals, although they have driven the share price to a level at which it offers compelling value. The shares now offer a prospective return on capital almost twice that of the market average, yet are trading on valuation levels which are well below the market, while its management has explicitly committed to align corporate strategy with enhancement of shareholder value.

Jan Luthman, Macro-thematic: Accounting for our Financials exposure

We have a number of macro themes active within the Funds, many of which are interwoven, and few run along pure sector lines. A quick glance at the Macro Equity Income Fund’s industry allocation shows a 9% overweight to Financials versus the FTSE All-Share weight of 24.8%, which may lead some to conclude we have an upbeat assessment of the outlook for banks, its largest component. However, breaking Financials down to the next sector level – Banks, Insurance, Financial Services (which includes asset managers) and Real Estate – gives a clearer picture of the Macro Equity Income Fund’s various exposures and shows that we have a large underweight to the banks sector.


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